Torres anticipates Germany showdown

05 July 2010 10:00

Fernando Torres admits Spain's World Cup clash with high-scoring Germany will be like a final as he looks to repeat his country's Euro 2008 success.

The Liverpool striker scored the only goal of the final against the Germans two years ago to help Spain lift their first major trophy for 44 years. Now the two sides are set to meet again in the last four of football's biggest tournament.

Torres said: "I am very proud. It is the first semi-final for Spain in World Cup history so this team is making history again. We have a massive game against Germany. It will be like a final."

The 26-year-old continued: "We are so happy and looking forward. Hopefully the best will still be to come. I think we can improve and be much better.

"We know Germany. We are a very offensive team and they are maybe the most exciting team at this World Cup.

"They have scored four goals in the last 16 and four in the quarter-finals so they are very dangerous. But we will still have our chances against them. They will try to win, they will try to attack and so we can have more space to exploit."

Torres is looking for his first goal of the tournament and has found himself overshadowed by David Villa who has been on target five times.

But he insisted: "The main thing is that Spain can overcome Germany. It doesn't matter who scores.

"Hopefully we can do it and, if I have the chance to score the winning goal, it will be nice to do it again."

Source: PA