Bayern hitman missed big chance to put the Dutch ahead
A through-ball from Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder sent Robben on goal where he only had Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas to beat to give the Dutch the lead.
However, the Bayern Munich winger’s shot deflected off the leg of Casillas and wide for a corner.
It was the best chance of the game for either side until Andres Iniesta’s strike gave Spain the win five minutes prior to penalty kicks being necessary to decide matters.
The Netherlands are now lost all three of their World Cup finals, also losing in 1974 and 1978, and Robben is still plagued with disappointment.
"On a day like today, I think about it a lot," Robben told Sky Sports.
"It hurts to miss such a chance."
Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, who was knighted for his role in the Netherland’s run to the final in South Africa, is also ruing his teams missed opportunities.
"It is increasingly going through my head, we were so close. We had to win," van Marwijk said.