The Barcelona star converted a pass from substitute Cesc Fabregas with just four minutes of extra-time remaining, after the two sides failed to break the deadlock in normal time.
The Dutch were confident of victory before the game, however Spain's win continued the remarkable soothsaying run of Paul the Octopus, who before the match predicted that Vicente Del Bosque's team would come up trumps.
Football fans were no doubt relieved that the Oberhausen-based oracle was not turned into octopus paella after Germany's narrow semi-final defeat to the Spaniards, as the eight-legged marine oddity once again picked the winner.
Spain are now the current European and World champions - and deservedly so - following an outstanding 2010 World Cup campaign.
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