12 July 2010
Spanish football fans have been celebrating all night after their team won the World Cup. In a dramatic final, Spain beat the Netherlands one-nil in extra time, with a goal by Andrés Iniesta.
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They're still partying here in Madrid; the celebration of Spain's first ever World Cup win has gone on right through the night.
The city high street, Gran Via, has been closed to traffic as thousands of fans conduct their own victory parade. They've been dancing on dustbins and hanging from lamp-posts. Wrapped in the national flag, they've been singing, drinking, and savouring the moment.
Prime Minister Zapatero has called Spain's success an epic victory; one that’ll go down in the country's history. The team coach calls winning the World Cup reward for beautiful football. There's no doubting that for Spanish fans. Later today, the new world champions will arrive back here in Madrid. This city, the whole country, plan to welcome their footballers as national heroes.
Sarah Rainsford, BBC News, Madrid
Click to hear the vocabulary:
- right through the night
all night; until the morning
- high street
the main road in a city or town
- victory parade
public celebrations to mark the win
tall poles to hold up street lights
- the national flag
the piece of cloth with colours and patterns representing the country
- savouring the moment
enjoying the experience
- an epic victory
an impressive win
- go down in the country's history
be remembered by the nation
- world champions
the best team on the planet
- national heroes
people who are admired by the whole country