World Cup Soccer
                 === World Cup final scoreless at halftime ===
 Johannesburg,  South  Africa (Sports Network)  - The Netherlands and Spain are
 scoreless  through 45  minutes of  the  FIFA World  Cup final  at Soccer  City
 Stadium on Sunday.
 Spain  threatened  a few  times in  the early  going and  nearly took the lead
 inside  of  five minutes  from a free  kick as Sergio  Ramos turned a powerful
 header  on goal  from the  middle of  the penalty  area that  Dutch goalkeeper
 Martin Stekelenburg did well to parry.
 David  Villa then had  a volley go close from a Xabi Alonso cross, while Arjen
 Robben's  low  shot in first-half  stoppage time needed  to be pushed past the
 post by Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
 The  two teams combined  for five yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, with
 Dutch  midfielder  Nigel De Jong  being a  bit lucky to  still be on the field
 after he spiked Alonso in the chest midway through the half.
 07/11 15:19:35 ET

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