Del Bosque tips Spain to dominate


Delighted coach Vicente del Bosque believes Spain can dominate world football for many years to come after their first-ever World Cup final victory.

Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal proved decisive as Spain became world champions for the first time after securing a 1-0 victory in an ill-tempered encounter against the Netherlands.

Spain deserved to add the World Cup to the Euro 2008 title they picked up two years ago as they created the better chances in an at times tetchy final.

"I think our effort, our flair is never-ending," said del Bosque.

"This World Cup draws from what we did in 2008 and it is the continuity and continuation of a very good legacy.

"Everyone in the dressing room is ecstatic.

"Spain, the country, deserves this triumph. This goes beyond sport. We have to celebrate and are delighted to be able to offer this victory to all the people of Spain."

No fewer than 13 players were booked, eight of them Dutch, while Johnny Heitinga was sent off in extra time.

However, afterwards del Bosque paid tribute to the effort of the Dutch in a hard-found game at Soccer City.

"I should congratulate our opponents," he added."They made it very difficult for us to play comfortably and they had some good chances.

"To try and match Holland when they are playing at that pace is very difficult but we did it and, for the most part, I think we dominated the match.

"Yes it was rough at times but that is part of football."

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