The most amazing World Cup Finals finished here tonight in S Africa. These will be talked about for some years to come.
In the Round of 16 there were some amazing results which possibly saw changes in the world order of football. First up France were defeated 2-1 by Nigeria and before the 'Auld Enemy' could celebrate too long, England were sensationally beaten 3-2 by Australia. Oceania celebrated again the next day with NZ beating cameroon 1-0 and later that evening the shift east was confirmed in a pulsating match that saw N Korea and Chile draw 2-2. The Koreans won 4-2 on penalties. As if that wasn't enough Mexico thumped near neighbours Argentina 4-1. Germany took to the stage and proceeded to stroll around against Algeria. Two quick strikes against the run of play saw Algeria into the lead and although Germany pulled one back it wasn't enough and they were out too! In the game of the round Holland defeated Italy 2-0 and then Spain went into the quarter finals after a 4-1 victory over Ivory Coast.
In the Quarter-Finals Nigeria narrowly lost 1-0 to Australia and that evening NZ had the neutrals, and most of the west, delirious as they beat N Korea 2-1. Mexico did not look happy taking on Algeria, fresh from victories over USA and Germany. Their fears proved too true as Algeria won 3-2. In a veritable goal fest Holland were knocked out by Spain 5-3.
And so to the Semis. Australia v NZ and Algeria v Spain. Two totally different matches as the antipodeans were very cagey in their match. Closely fought, one header from a corner was enough to take NZ into the final. How happy they were to beat their near neighbours. Algeria however met their match. In a one-sided affair they were trounced 5-1 by Spain.
Algeria had lost heart now after that defeat and went down tamely to the Aussies 2-0.
The final was amazing with Spain taking the lead early only for NZ to stun the world by equalising. The Spanish flair was lacking now as nerves got the better of them. Mid-way through the second half Spain went 2-1 up only for NZ to again equalise. Extra time was a pretty dour affair as no-one wanted to lose and so we went to penalties.
NZ miss with their first 0-0
Spain score 0-1
NZ score 1-1
Spain score 1-2
NZ miss 1-2
Spain score 1-3
NZ score 2-3
Spain miss 2-3
NZ score 3-3
Spain score 3-4
Spain win the World Cup. The reigning European champions take the World Cup!!