The Netherlands beat Spain, according to CBS

The broadcaster's website claims the Netherlands won the World Cup final last night.

The website of American broadcaster CBS has a story (now updated but see screengrab below) that claims the Netherlands defeated Spain in last night's World Cup final.

The report, which was obviously written before Spain scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute of extra time, claims that "the Netherlands defeated Spain by a score of SCORE to SCORE to win its first World Cup title."

 

CBS online coverage of the World Cup final

 

It went on to say that "even with Spain dominating possession, it was the Netherlands that had the best chance to score" and concluded with the fact that "the Netherlands' streak without a title only stood at 22 years."

This is not the first time the American media has produced strange coverage of the World Cup: the New York Post amazed many by declaring that the USA "won 1-1" after their group stage clash with England, and after the US team's exit, the same paper declared "this sport is stupid anyway."

You can still see the full archive of the New Statesman's coverage of this World Cup here.

UPDATE: CBS have now updated the story to read "Spain wins World Cup 1-0". But you can still enjoy their error via the screenshot above.

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.

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