Johannesburg, South Africa—Spain defeats the Netherlands to win the 2010 World Cup.
But the question is this: If the game goes to penalty kicks, will Villa not be sorely missed?
But first, this: A red card for John Heitinga, the Dutch defender who has committed one foul too many in referee Howard Webb's eyes. It was a second yellow, followed by a red. The foul was on Andres Iniesta, the umpteenth he has suffered in this match.
The free kick is just at the edge of the penalty area and Xavi is over the ball. Sadly, his shot is over the bar. The stalemate continues.
Then comes a yellow card for Dutch defender Gregory Van der Weil, with Iniesta again the victim of the foul. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg punches away Xavi's attempt this time.
Cesc Fabregas fouls Eljero Elia in a dangerous position on the field and now the Dutch have a scoring chance. Wesley Sneijder's shot comes off the shoulder of a player in the defensive wall and another chance is lost.
Then it comes: Goal!!!!!
Iniesta smashes the ball into the net after receiving a pass from Cesc Fabregas. The Dutch protest in vain for offside, but Iniesta was clearly onside.
Spain has the lead and the World Cup is minutes away from having a champion.
The last time a World Cup final ended scoreless was in 1994, when Brazil and Italy played to a stalemate at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena before the South Americans took the trophy on penalty kicks, 3-2.
With any luck, it will not come to that on an increasingly cold night in Johannesburg, but the signs have not been good. These two teams have pretty much canceled each other out.
Spain comes close to scoring, though, when Andres Iniesta sends a through ball to Cesc Fabregas, but Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is alert to the danger and came out to block the shot.
At the other end, Holland's Joris Mathijsen comes close with a header off a corner kick, but the ball sails over the crossbar.
Time and 2010 World Cup are ticking away and we still have no winner.
Iniesta worms his way into the Dutch penalty area but before he can pull the trigger, Giovanni van Bronckhorst hustles over and shepherds the ball to safety.
The Dutch make another change, with Nigel de Jong coming off and Rafael van der Vaart coming into the game.