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World Cup Winners

On Sunday, in South Africa, Spain became champions of the soccer world for the next four years. They won the final game of the 2010 World Cup, beating the Netherlands, 1-0. It was the first time Spain won the World Cup in the tournament's 80-year history. To become the champions, Spain played 7 games during the month-long tournament, and won 6 of them. Soccer games are 90 minutes long. At the end of 90 minutes in the final game, the score was still tied, so they played 30 extra minutes. How many total hours of soccer did Spain play during the entire World Cup tournament?