- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A look at Day 28 Thursday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):


No matches scheduled.



FIFA might compensate fans who missed the Spain’s World Cup semifinal against Germany because of congestion at Durban’s new airport. Hundreds of fans had their flights delayed or turned away from King Shaka Airport on Wednesday after an increase in private jets contributed to all the landing slots being filled. FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot says soccer’s governing body will look at the cases of fans affected by flight problems.



Howard Webb of England will referee the World Cup final. FIFA chose the 38-year-old former police officer to take charge when the Netherlands and Spain meet at Johannesburg’s Soccer City on Sunday. Webb has refereed three World Cup matches: Spain’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland; Slovakia’s 3-2 win that eliminated defending champion Italy in the opening round; and Brazil’s 3-0 second-round victory against Chile.



The Dutch are trying to equal Brazil’s achievement in 1970 of winning every qualifying game and then sweeping every World Cup match. The Netherlands won all eight qualifiers for South Africa and have beaten Denmark, Japan, Cameroon, Slovakia, Brazil and Uruguay to reach the title game against Spain.



The championship match between Spain and the Netherlands will feature the World Cup’s top two scorers. Spain forward David Villa and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder each have five goals. Villa scored the only goal in wins over Portugal in the second round and Paraguay in the quarterfinals, and had two against Honduras in the opening round. His other score was in a 2-1 victory against Chile in the first round.



“There are no problems.” _ Brazil soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira about preparations for the 2104 World Cup even as FIFA has criticized a lack of progress.

“We play well, Spain plays well, but they are more attractive and this is where we want to get, too.” _ Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk looking ahead to the World Cup final.

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