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Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: J.A. Sirvent
Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: J.A. Sirvent
Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: J.A. Sirvent
Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: liverpoolfc.tv
Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: liverpoolfc.tv
Fernando Torres, 2010 World Champion (11-07-2010) Photo: liverpoolfc.tv

Seven good Torres’ memories in final games (IV). Iniesta’s winner lift Spain to top of the world

What three years before would be marked as a dream came true in Johannesburg thanks to the best national team in football history. On 115’ minute of the final against...

25-05-2016

What three years before would be marked as a dream came true in Johannesburg thanks to the best national team in football history. On 115’ minute of the final against The Netherlands and after a hard battle on the pitch the penalty shoot-out was the most probably scenario to decide the winner. Spain bet for victory with their passing game, the Dutch with a strong side. Despite that nobody could break the deadlock.

Torres celebra con Iniesta el gol de la finalFernando Torres had recently overcome a knee injury and got fit in time for the World Cup. He replaced Villa on extra time and had a hand on the action that finally wrecked the orange wall down on 116’. That goal brought down a star from Southafricas’ sky and put it above Spain’s badge forever.

Fernando Torres entered the fray at the start of the second period of extra-time as Vicente Del Bosque made his final substitution. The Netherlands were defending with everyone behind the ball as they tried to hold on to the end of extra-time and a penalty shoot-out.

Torres celebra el título sobre el Soccer City StadiumWith just four minutes remaining Spain finally got the breakthrough their football deserved. A cross from Fernando Torres fell to Fabregas who spotted an unmarked Iniesta in the area. The midfielder controlled with his first touch before sending a low shot past Stekelenburg. Spain kept their heads in the final stages, and despite Holland's desperate attempts for an equaliser, the European Champions held on to do the 'double' with Euro and World Crowns.

This is how Fernando Torres remembers the World Cup experience: “We were there in Johannesburg, the atmosphere was electric and Spain had an appointment with history. There was still one more test, and it was to be the toughest of the lot. Holland wanted the World Cup trophy just as bad as we did. It was one of the most contested games that I can remember. At times it wasn’t pretty, and although we were the better side, it could have all gone pear shape in a blink of an eye. The match went into extra-time and the manager brought me on. I was confident that I could make a difference, I believed that I would score, just like I did against Germany two years earlier in Vienna. I had a great track record in finals, so why not again?

Torres celebra el título en Madrid junto al Manzanares

There were just five minutes remaining. Holland were looking to hold out until the penalty shoot-out, unlike us. We knew that we could undeservedly lose if the game went to penalties. We pushed forward trying to make our superior quality count. And our efforts were rewarded. Navas ran from right to left linking-up with Iniesta and Cesc. I collected the ball out on the left. I spotted Andres making a run into the box and I tried to pick him out with a long ball. The centre-back got a touch but the ball fell kindly to Cesc who slid it into the path of Iniesta, who made no mistake. His right-foot shot flew across the keeper and into the net. Iniesta made sure that his name would go down in history and that I would be remembered forever.

Torres saborea el oro en SudáfricaI was close-by and I was the first player to jump on Iniesta’s back to celebrate. I’ve known Iniesta since we played together for Spain’s youth teams. We always got on really well. I remember when we got knocked-out of the Under 17s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. I handed Andres my shirt on which I had written ‘see you again at another World Cup’. He replied: ‘our time will come’. And in South Africa, eight years on, the day we had all dreamt about, finally arrived. He was the hero. He deserved it, as did all of the Spain squad and everyone back home. We deserved to win the trophy that Casillas lifted in South Africa. The World Cup belongs to us and the triumph is ours to celebrate. We are the World Cup champions!”.


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