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Uruguay’s For­lan wins Golden Ball award

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Uruguay striker Diego For­lan has been awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s best player, and Ger­many for­ward Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot as the top scorer.

For­lan ig­nited his un­der­dog team of­fen­sively, lead­ing Uruguay all the way to the semi­fi­nals.

Mueller, 20, helped Ger­many take third place with his five goals and three as­sists, and he also won the Best Young Player award.

For­lan, Spain striker David Villa and Nether­lands play­maker Wes­ley Snei­jder also scored five times, but each had only one as­sist.

Spain’s Iker Casil­las won the Golden Glove as the top goal­keeper.

Spain goes wild

MADRID — A roar­ing cel­e­bra­tion rocked Spain, with some 350,000 peo­ple in the cap­i­tal’s down­town form­ing a sea of red and yel­low in trib­ute to the nation’s first World Cup ti­tle.

Tele­vi­sion shots showed par­ty­ing in jammed town squares across the coun­try, from Zaragoza in the north­east to Seville in the south­west. The cel­e­bra­tions were eas­ily the biggest in the coun­try in liv­ing me­mory.

Tele­vi­sion im­ages even showed crowds wav­ing Span­ish flags in the city of Barcelona, where more than 1.1 mil­lion protested on Satur­day to de­mand au­ton­omy for their Cat­alo­nia re­gion.

In the Nether­lands, the mood was fu­ne­real. Fans wept and hugged in The Hague at the fi­nal whis­tle and tossed of hand­fuls of orange con­fetti into the air that had been in­tended for a vic­tory party.

Dutch’s ugly loss

Eight Dutch play­ers were shown yel­low cards in the fi­nal, and de­fender John Heitinga got ejected in ex­tra time. Even af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, play­ers from the Nether­lands were yelling at the of­fi­cials.

“Our fouls may be a sad thing for a fi­nal, but it is not our style,” said coach Bert van Mar­wijk. “Yet I would have loved to win it with foot­ball that is not so beau­ti­ful.”

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