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July 11, 2010 2:30 PM EDT
Soccer City, Johannesburgo
Referee:‬ Howard Webb (ENG)‎
 
   
 
 

World Cup Final Player Ratings: Netherlands 0-1 Spain

Goal.com ranks the players on the world's biggest show.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    2
    1
    3.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Pulled off one genius save on Iniesta, but couldn't come up with the second. Overall a very steady game for the goalkeeper.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    2
    1
    2.00

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Solid in defense and pushed forward slightly in the second half. Overall a very competent fullback performance.

  • Joris Mathijsen
    0
    0
    3.00

    Joris Mathijsen

    Construed to head an open chance high with the goal gaping, but didn't make any similar mistakes on defense.

  • John Heitinga
    0
    0
    2.00

    John Heitinga Flop of the Match

    The world will remember him for his soft red card in extra time, but before that Heitinga put in a rock solid shift in the heart of defense. He also stepped forward to cut out attacks exceptionally well.

  • Giovanni van Bronckhorst
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giovanni van Bronckhorst

    Struggled a bit with the pace Navas in the later goings, but used his experience to put out fires and cover whenever Spain breached the center defensive pair. Composed performance.

  • Mark van Bommel
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    This was exactly van Bommel's kind of match: dirty, rough, gritty, and tight. Needless to say, he excelled.

  • Nigel De Jong
    1
    0
    2.50

    Nigel De Jong

    Easily could have seen red for spearing Alonso in the chest with the bottom of his boots, but stayed on the pitch to clamp down on the Spanish midfield.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    1
    0
    3.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    Struggled to carve out his role in a tight game. His vision did put Robben through on goal once, but Casillas blocked with his feet.

  • Arjen Robben
    1
    0
    3.50

    Arjen Robben

    Electric and lively, Robben's pace provided the best chances for breaking down Spain's defense. Unfortunately, his finishing made sure that never happened.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    Perhaps the final was one match more than Kuyt's stamina could take, because the Liverpool winger was subdued and consistently beaten by Ramos.

  • Robin van Persie
    0
    0
    2.00

    Robin van Persie

    Quiet. In a tight chess match, the striker found himself edged out of the influential areas.

Substitutions

  • Edson Braafheid
    0
    0
    2.50

    Edson Braafheid

    Accidentally backheaded a ball to his goalkeeper and didn't do much else when coming on late.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Deployed in a rather deep position, van der Vaart kept the ball moving well after coming on. Took over the captain's armband when van Bronckhorst went off.

  • Eljero Elia
    0
    0
    2.50

    Eljero Elia

    Really should have done more with his minutes on the pitch. Hardly made an impact at all, even when Spain's defense showed itself vulnerable to pace.

  • Iker Casillas
    7
    0
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Save after save, Saint Iker kept Spain in the match. He fully earned the right to lift the World Cup as captain.

  • Sergio Ramos
    4
    1
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Made Kuyt look foolish several times early on and gave a strong display throughout. No Dutch attacks found traction down his flank.

  • Piqué
    1
    2
    3.50

    Piqué

    Cool and composed for someone so young in a World Cup final. Never seemed fully tested because he was ahead of the play.

  • Carles Puyol
    1
    2
    3.50

    Carles Puyol

    Perhaps should have seen red for hanging on Robben as the Dutchman broke free on goal, but hardly put a foot wrong other than that.

  • Joan Capdevila
    2
    0
    3.50

    Joan Capdevila

    Couldn't quite contain Robben but did about as well as could be expected.

  • Xabi Alonso
    3
    1
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Put in a respectable shift by keeping things tidy in the middle and slicing some clever balls through to his forwards. Removed for the more adventurous Fabregas.

  • Busquets
    2
    1
    3.00

    Busquets

    Cleaned up in midfield and distributed quickly and well.

  • Xavi
    2
    1
    3.50

    Xavi

    Struggled to wiggle free from van Bommel's man-marking job.

  • Pedro
    1
    1
    3.00

    Pedro

    A surprise inclusion in the starting lineup, the youngster didn't add to his growing legacy and found himself edged out of the majority of the action. Made way after an hour.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    8
    2
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján Top of the Match

    Scored the winning goal to cap off a dangerous performance. Looked gun-shy throughout the match, but pulled the trigger when it mattered.

  • David Villa
    6
    1
    3.50

    David Villa

    Provided everything but the goal. Darting runs, well-struck shots, clever layoffs. Only subpar finishing prevented Villa from claiming hero status.

Substitutions

  • Jesús Navas González
    3
    1
    3.00

    Jesús Navas González

    His direct and pacy play altered the game when he came on.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    3
    1
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Charged with creating a goal, the Arsenal captain did just that, sliding the ball through to Iniesta for the game's only goal. Involved in much of Spain's good work upon coming on.

  • Fernando Torres
    3
    2
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Started the move that led to the goal, but didn't add much else. Managed to injure himself running late on.

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