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Some numbers behind the action on a night when Spain won the biggest prize in football at the expense of the Netherlands.
116: Minutes in the final after which Andres Iniesta scored the latest winning goal in a FIFA World Cup final.
32: Years ago when the last time an extra-time goal was scored in the decider. Coincidentally, the Netherlands suffered it when Argentina scored the second of two extra-time goals to seal a 3-1 win.
6: Finals that have gone into extra-time, with 2006 and 2010 being the only time it has happened in consecutive FIFA World Cups. The other four deciders to feature extra-time were in 1934, 1966, 1978 and 1994.
5: The number of European teams that have now won the World Cup after their first trip to the concluding match. Before Spain's triumph in South Africa, Italy had won its first final in 1934, West Germany in 1954, England in 1966 and France in 1998.
4: Number of Spain's knockout matches that ended in 1-0 wins for the Iberian side. This makes it the first team ever to keep clean sheets in all four of its knockout matches en route to the trophy. Germany had previously won three consecutive knockout matches by a 1-0 margin in 2002, before eventually losing 2-0 to Brazil in the final.
3: The most number of runner-up finishes for a single team never to have won the tournament is now the Netherlands. The Dutch, silver medallists in 1974 and 1978, had shared that dubious distinction with Hungary (1938, 1954) and Czechoslovakia (1934, 1962) going into Sunday's final.
2: Goals conceded by Spain in this World Cup — to Switzerland's Gelson Fernandez and Chile's Rodrigo Millar — equals the joint-fewest allowed in a FIFA World Cup by the winning team. It now shares that record with France (1998) and Italy (2006).
2: Number of reigning European champions who have lifted the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Spain, winner of UEFA Euro 2008, became the first to accomplish this feat since West Germany won the 1974 world final after conquering Europe in 1972.
1: New Zealand was the only side which finished South Africa 2010 without suffering a defeat. It achieved this improbable honour thanks to draws with Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.
0: The number of teams that had previously won the FIFA World Cup after losing their opening group match. Spain broke that record by defeating the Netherlands, which is the only team to have won the UEFA European Championship after losing its first match. — Compiled from FIFA.com
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