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Montoya urges Spain to make it three in a row

Published: Sunday 9 June 2013, 23.55CET
"We want to finish with nine points," said Spain's Martín Montoya after Julen Lopetegui's side reached the last four with victory against a Germany side magnanimous in defeat.
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Published: Sunday 9 June 2013, 23.55CET

Montoya urges Spain to make it three in a row

"We want to finish with nine points," said Spain's Martín Montoya after Julen Lopetegui's side reached the last four with victory against a Germany side magnanimous in defeat.

Martín Montoya promised that Spain would celebrate their early qualification for the semi-finals following Sunday evening's 1-0 victory against Germany. The man who scored the winner, Álvaro Morata, had a word of warning for his team-mates as opponents begin to get wise to their style. Germany duo Tony Jantschke and Bernd Leno were disappointed but magnanimous following their side's early exit from the competition.

It becomes more difficult to play with every day that passes
Álvaro Morata
It's very disappointing for us because we had much bigger ambitions
Tony Jantschke

Martín Montoya, Spain defender
The most important thing is that we are through to the semi-finals. We are very happy to have qualified and now we face Holland and will try to top the group. But we are happy and we are going to celebrate tonight.

The team have been very good and strong in every department. Álvaro [Morata] came on and made the difference with a key goal. I'm very happy with my performances. The team are helping a lot and I will try to play at the same level in every game.

We want to finish with nine points, try to finish first in the group and play the team that comes second in the other group. If the team keep doing the right things I think everything will turn out well.

Álvaro Morata, Spain forward
I am very happy because we have won, but it was very hard as our opponents continue to study our game. It becomes more difficult to play with every day that passes.

I always think that I am the player who can come on and score, and it happened again. However, I do not know how many times this can happen and next time we must try to finish the match earlier. Against the Netherlands we want to win. It will be an even more difficult game because things become harder as the tournament progresses.

Tony Jantschke, Germany defender
This is how football is sometimes. We knew coming into this tournament that we had a really tough group and basically two finals in the first two matches. In the first game we were a bit unlucky, but Spain were clearly better than us today. They were superior and got a deserved victory in the end.

I think Spain have so much individual quality and they were just a little bit better today. They managed to use the full width of the pitch and the wingers were causing us problems. The two central midfielders always managed to find space – that's why it was very difficult for us to contain them. We just have to accept that they were the better team tonight.

We tried to adjust to them. At the beginning of the match it worked and we also did well in the 20 to 25 minutes before the break. At the start of the second half you got the feeling that we were beginning to keep them away from our area, but in the final stages of the game they deserved to score. That's just how it is and we have to accept it. It's very disappointing for us because we had much bigger ambitions. Football is like this sometimes.

Bernd Leno, Germany goalkeeper
Of course this was a deserved defeat – Spain were simply better and we have to recognise that. Still, we put up a great fight today and were trying our hardest. We managed to keep it 0-0 until five minutes from time, then we conceded a goal and now we are out of the tournament. It is very disappointing, especially as the tournament has been a bit unfortunate for us. We conceded a late goal in both matches. You cannot blame us for not trying our hardest. Everyone was working for the team.

I don't think we lost because the defence lacked experience. The Spanish players are outstanding technically and you saw that they brought a lot of top players. We couldn't contain them, they outplayed us. But we can't blame it on the fact that many players were injured and it's also not the defence's fault. The defence did a great job.

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