- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A spectator ran onto the field and tried to touch the World Cup trophy moments before the players were due to walk out onto the field Sunday at Soccer City for the tournament’s final match.

The unidentified spectator ran in from the far left corner of the stadium and raced across the field toward the halfway line, where the trophy had been placed on a pedestal for the Spain and Netherlands players to eventually parade past.

The man was tackled just before he could his hands on the trophy and was carried away by seven security guards up the tunnel and past the waiting players as the crowd cheered.

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