Who Won The World Cup 2010
Who won the World Cup 2010? The 2010 World Cup was one of the most watched sporting events of the year with Spain being crowned the World Cup champions. The entire tournament saw record ratings all over the globe, especially in the United States. In fact, the World Cup final drew 15.5 million viewers in the United States alone, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. history. After all the excitement only Spain could call themselves the best.
The World Cup draw for 2010 put Spain in Group H with Switzerland, Chile, and Honduras. Spain entered the tournament as one of the best teams in the world, with only one loss in the last four years. However, the promise behind the team fell in question early as they would lose their first game of the World Cup to Switzerland by a score of 0-1. Due to the double elimination format of the World Cup Spain was still alive and went on the beat Honduras by two goals in the following match.
With a victory over Honduras Spain had secured a spot in the knockout stage of the World Cup. In a competitive match against Portugal, Spain was able to hold on with a 1-0 victory. From there Spain advanced to the quarter finals against Paraguay. In true soccer fashion Spain was able to win when a shot by star player David Villa clanked off the goal post and into the net for the game’s only goal. For the first time in sixty years Spain advanced to the final four teams in a World Cup.
The favored German team was up next for Spain. In another nail-biting competition, Spain was able to upset German when Carlos Puyol headed a ball into the goal for a 1-0 victory. This put the Spain team into the finals for the first time in their long history.
Once in the finals, Spain faced a very tough Netherlands team. The match soon became very physical with Spain receiving five yellow cards and the Netherlands nine, as well as one red card. This was the highest total of fouls in World Cup finals history. Despite the physical contest Spain was able to score a single goal in the final four minutes of extra time to become the 2010 World Cup champions.