MADRID (AP) — Riotous celebrations are spreading across Spain after its national football team won its firstWorld Cup.
An estimated 300,000 people forming a sea of red and yellow packed Madrid's downtown Paseo de Recoletos boulevard on Sunday to watch the match live on giant TV screens and erupted at the final whistle as Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg.
Fireworks lit up the city sky as people herded out onto the streets to celebrate.
Television shots showed exuberant partying in jammed town squares across the country, from Zaragoza in the northeast to Seville in the southwest.
Spain, the European champions but long tagged a perennial football underachiever, had never before gone past the World Cup quarterfinals.