"We've been waiting a whole life for this."
Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, perhaps speaking for the team and his country
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Stats of the day
- The Netherlands is the first nation to lose three finals without winning one. Hungary (1938, '54) and Czechoslovakia (1934, '62) have lost twice.
- This was the fifth World Cup in a row to see a drop in scoring. The 2.27 goal average was second lowest, ahead of only the 1990 tournament (2.21).
- The Netherlands became the first nation to lose the final after winning all of its previous tournament games since Hungary in 1954.