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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Updated: July 12, 10:45 AM ET
Fast facts on Spain-Netherlands


Posted by ESPN Stats & Information

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Spain won the World Cup in its first trip to a World Cup final, becoming the first team since France in 1998 to achieve this feat. It also became the second team to win the World Cup while it was the reigning champion of Europe. Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute was the latest match winner in a World Cup final. Thirteen players were shown a card in this match, the most since the infamous "Battle of Nuremburg" in 2006 between the Netherlands and Portugal in which 12 players were booked.

• Spain controlled possession with 59.3 percent of the touches. That's the highest total by a team in a World Cup final since the stat was first tracked, in 1966. Spain controlled 60.9 percent of the touches in its seven World Cup matches, the only team to control more than 60 percent of the touches for an entire World Cup.

• Spain completed 515 passes in the final, second-most by a team in a final since the stat was first tracked, in 1966. Brazil completed 669 passes in the 1994 final against Italy. Xavi's 90 successful passes were the second-most in a World Cup final, behind Brazil's Dunga (1994).

• The Netherlands had its worst passing day in a World Cup match -- completing a paltry 69 percent of its passes. Since the stat was first kept (1966), the Dutch completed fewer than 75 percent of their passes only twice previously, including its second-lowest percentage in the 1978 World Cup final against Argentina.

• The goals per game at this World Cup finished at 2.27, just ahead of the 2.21 at the 1990 World Cup, which was the lowest goals per game average of all time. Goals per game in the knockout stage of this World Cup were 2.75, which is the best since the 1998 World Cup (2.81).