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Spain’s hero at the World Cup final, captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, sure knows how to celebrate. He saved two clear-cut chances by Robben during the game, burst into tears as his team won in extra-time 1-0, became the first Spaniard to officially lift the golden trophy, and then went over for a short interview with his girlfriend Sara Carbonero, which he quickly ended with a kiss.

It was the perfect way to bring things full-circle, as the tournament had started so differently for Spain and Casillas. They lost their opening game 1-0 to Switzerland, with the captain making a mistake in the game’s only goal. After that, he was interviewed by Carbonero, where he didn’t have any answers for the defeat, and looked quite downbeat. The reporter was even blamed for “distracting” Casillas and costing Spain the game, as she was allowed to stand close behind the Spanish goal during the game.

It really was a ridiculous accusation, and Spain and Casillas responded in style. They won every single match after that, not allowing a single goal in any of their knockout matches. Casillas had a big part to play in that, stopping a crucial penalty against Paraguay, and of course his saves vs. Robben in the final. Spain rarely gave the ball away in any of their remaining matches, waited patiently to score their goals, and can now deservedly call themselves World Cup champions. And Casillas can celebrate in any way he wants.

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