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Spain look to cross final frontier

Published: Wednesday 7 July 2010, 10.25CET
David Villa hopes tonight "will be one of the biggest in Spanish football" as Germany stand between the European champions and a first FIFA World Cup final, against the Netherlands.
by Paul Bryan
from Madrid
Spain look to cross final frontier
David Villa will look to add to his five-goal haul against Germany ©Getty Images

Published: Wednesday 7 July 2010, 10.25CET

Spain look to cross final frontier

David Villa hopes tonight "will be one of the biggest in Spanish football" as Germany stand between the European champions and a first FIFA World Cup final, against the Netherlands.

Ahead of the teams' enticing FIFA World Cup semi-final encounter, Spain striker David Villa dismissed suggestions opponents Germany will be seeking revenge for the UEFA EURO 2008 final defeat they suffered at the hands of La Roja two years ago.

The recently signed FC Barcelona forward was the tournament's top scorer in Austria and Switzerland yet he missed his nation's 1-0 final victory in Vienna through injury. Along with the Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder, 'El Guaje' (The Kid) is again setting the pace in the scoring charts and the 28-year-old will attempt to add to his five goals against Joachim Löw's side in Durban tonight.

"People know that it's not easy to be on the losing side in a final," Villa, said, alluding to Germany's EURO defeat. "This time we are meeting in the semis and I think they will be thinking solely about getting to the final and not about some type of revenge.

"They play very well on the counterattack as they have really quick players and if allowed to control that aspect of the game they can be very dangerous," the former Valencia CF player explained. "I think it will be a great game."

It has been an incredible summer so far for Villa who, shortly after completing a €40m move to Liga champions Barcelona, set about improving his statistics with the national team – his strike rate now reads 43 goals in 63 appearances following his quarter-final winner against Paraguay. Yet far from seeking personal accolades, Villa insists his focus is purely on Spain clinching a final date with the Netherlands on Sunday.

"I want to score goals in order to help Spain advance and I'm not doing so in order to win the Golden Boot," he said. "I've always said I'm lucky in that I'm the one who finishes off the moves my team-mates work hard to create. We're not thinking we've already made history here in South Africa, but we are thinking that we can do so. Now let's hope Wednesday night will be one of the biggest in Spanish football."

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