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July 11, 2010 7:30 PM BST
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Referee:‬ Howard Webb (ENG)‎
 
   
 
 

World Cup Final Player Ratings: Netherlands 0-1 Spain (AET)

By Peter Staunton

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    8
    2
    3.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    One of Holland's best players on the night. Made a wonderful first-half save and blocked with his legs from Fabregas late on when the game looked in the balance. Has enhanced his reputation this tournament.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    2
    3
    2.00

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Not as prominent as he has been throughout the championship. Barely crossed the half-way line and provided no attacking threat. Beaten in one-on-one battles and was booked. Not his best night.

  • Joris Mathijsen
    2
    4
    3.00

    Joris Mathijsen

    Showed a good range of passing, kept David Villa quiet and made himself available for his team-mates. Decent showing.

  • John Heitinga
    4
    5
    2.00

    John Heitinga Flop of the Match

    Very much a mixed bag from the Everton man. Blocked magnificently once and distributed well. However he committed a litany of fouls and eventually, deservedly, saw red.

  • Giovanni van Bronckhorst
    3
    2
    3.00

    Giovanni van Bronckhorst

    Not a bad outing for his last match in competitive football; the World Cup final. Was given a bit of a run around by Jesus Navas but held the line well.

  • Mark van Bommel
    2
    4
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    Booked early on which kept his aggression in check. Never had a chance to impose himself on the game, or the referee, thereafter.

  • Nigel De Jong
    1
    7
    2.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Could, and probably, should have been sent off for a first half 'tackle' on Xabi Alonso and was employed primarily as a destructive force and ball winner rather than passer in an ultimately negative Holland blueprint.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    6
    0
    3.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    Provided one of the key-passes of the night when he set Robben in the clear. Was often alone as the creative force though. An aggression-filled performance.

  • Arjen Robben
    5
    3
    3.50

    Arjen Robben

    Will never have a better chance to score a World Cup final goal and will see that chance every time he blinks for a long time to come. Only an intermittent threat otherwise.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    5
    2
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    Was forced backwards by Sergio Ramos on occasion and was more than willing to put in that side of his shift. However, with seven or more team-mates in the defending half, he had little attacking support.

  • Robin van Persie
    5
    3
    2.00

    Robin van Persie

    An extremely subdued game. Anonymous for long spells.

Substitutions

  • Edson Braafheid
    1
    4
    2.50

    Edson Braafheid

    Had more to do, defensively, than he thought he might have after Heitinga's red.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    3
    3
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Did not contribute significantly, despite the armband.

  • Eljero Elia
    2
    3
    2.50

    Eljero Elia

    Provided an ultimately frustrating source of width. No end product. A suggestion that he was fouled in the build-up to the winner.

  • Iker Casillas
    11
    0
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Made a game-saving save from Arjen Robben. Was not tested by a light on attacking numbers Netherlands otherwise.

  • Sergio Ramos
    9
    0
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    The Real Madrid man was a great attacking presence throughout the evening even if he missed one of the best chances of the night. A wonderful World Cup 2010 which done wonders for his international stature.

  • Piqué
    7
    0
    3.50

    Piqué

    Was given little or no examination by Van Persie. He was, however, roasted by Sneijder's through pass for Robben.

  • Carles Puyol
    6
    0
    3.50

    Carles Puyol

    Was lucky not to see red for a round-the waist challenge on Robben but looked comfortable when facing the ball at his feet. Which was, luckily, most of the time.

  • Joan Capdevila
    4
    0
    3.50

    Joan Capdevila

    Provided Xabi Alonso with a lot of ball and was rarely found wanting in foot races either.

  • Xabi Alonso
    8
    0
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Replaced as Vicente Del Bosque sought further creativity. However he showed his aptitude for the task with clean passing throughout.

  • Busquets
    5
    1
    3.00

    Busquets

    This tournament has shown observers that the son of Barcelona's former goalkeeper is well worthy of his place in this midfield or any other. Another unfussy performance full of accurate passing and swift pressing.

  • Xavi
    6
    1
    3.50

    Xavi

    Completed 80 out of 99 passes on the night and covered nearly 15 kilometres. An utterly irreplaceable presence in the Spain and Barcelona midfield, who is the go-to man for as good as every second pass.

  • Pedro
    7
    0
    3.00

    Pedro

    Found it difficult to make any inroads into the game. Despite some clever link-up play, never threatened. Replaced.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    10
    1
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    My man of the match. Caused consternation whenever he took possession, whether it was through dribbling or incisive passing. He was fouled constantly throughout and grew in stature as the game went on. Popped up with a crucial, memorable winner.

  • David Villa
    7
    0
    3.50

    David Villa

    A very quiet evening from el Guaje, by his standards. He was not afforded much space by Heitinga or Mathijsen and squandered the one true chance that came his way.

Substitutions

  • Jesús Navas González
    3
    0
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    Played a huge part in the winner with a jet-heeled sprint from his own half. Made a crucial difference once he was introduced with natural width.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    7
    0
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    A wonderful through pass for Iniesta's winner. Should have scored one of his own but for an attack of the nerves.

  • Fernando Torres
    8
    1
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Did little and pulled up. Story of a season.

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