Barcelona: Spain's Andres Iniesta thought he was offside when he collected the ball and scored the winning goal in the World Cup final, the midfielder said on Tuesday.
"I was only waiting for the pass from Cesc Fabregas and he delivered in a perfect way. He was very quick and for a moment I was alone and I really thought I was offside but I controlled it well and when I hit the ball I knew it had to go in," Iniesta told a news conference.
The extra-time strike on Sunday was the only goal in a bad-tempered final against the Netherlands and secured Spain's first World Cup victory.
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Iniesta was asked how he felt afterwards.
"It is difficult to explain," he said. "I can only say that I feel very happy. Very happy...playing my football and doing my job and scoring such an important goal for all.