Futaa’s on this day feature rolls back to the FIFA World Cup’s first stop in Africa where Andres Iniesta grabbed the winner for Spain against the Netherlands to become champions.
Iniesta etched his name in Spanish football history in the 116th minute after a long toil of Spainish attempts to unlock the Dutch defence.
Back then Spain had some very iconic players alongside Iniesta that evening. There was of course Xavi Henerndez, Carles Puyol, David VIlla and Iker Casillas who of course made worldy of a save to deny Arjen Robben the Dutch’s lead.
Sourcing from Iniesta’s book, The Artist: Being Iniesta, the Guardian described the Barcelona legend’s goal and narrative:
“Andrés Iniesta says he heard the silence and knew that all he had to do was wait for Isaac Newton. The ball sat up; gravity would bring it down again and, when it did, he would score. It was the 116th minute in Johannesburg and he did score, running to the corner and pulling off his shirt to reveal the message underneath, written in blue marker by Hugo the kit man: “Dani Jarque, always with us”. Ten thousand miles away Spain erupted and Jessica cried. Through the tears she saw it: Dani, her Dani.”
The above scene was of course deep down in Africa in Johannesburg, exactly nine years ago from today 11 July 2010.