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Spain were one of the main favourites for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa in the build-up to the competition. Vicente del Bosque's side had won all their games in the qualification campaign and had also been very impressive in the friendly internationals.

La Furia Roja had last reach the last-four of the World Cup way back in 1950 but this time, they are billed to win the competition. The Euro 2008 winners were pitted against fellow Europeans Switzerland, South American sensation Chile and central American minnows Honduras in Group H. However, their start to the campaign was far from encouraging...


GROUP STAGE


Spain were shocked in their opening match as Switzerland beat them 1-0.


Spain were back in their second game, David Villa scoring twice to defeat Honduras 2-0.



David Villa rescued Spain once again, as he scored against Chile. Spain won 2-1.


LAST 16


Portugal provided a stiff resistance to Spain's tiki-taka.



Once again David 'The Marvel of Spain' Villa popped up with the crucial goal.



Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo had a poor World Cup overall.


QUARTER-FINAL


Xabi Alonso failed to convert a penalty for Spain just after Iker Casillas saved one at the other end.



'El Guaje' netted his fifth goal of the World Cup in the 83rd minute against Paraguay.

SEMI-FINAL


Carles Puyol scored a bullet-header against Germany to lead his side to a brilliant win.



Vicente Del Bosque smiles as he eyes a historic World Cup triumph.



Spain have reached the final of a World Cup for the first time in their history.



Spanish football fans celebrate at Plaza Castilla.


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