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Xavi will savour World Cup final
Published : 08 Jul 2010 08:31:19
Spain's midfield maestro Xavi is determined to enjoy the World Cup final.
A new champion will be crowned on Sunday after the Euro 2008 winners booked a clash with Holland at Soccer City thanks to Carles Puyol's fierce second-half header against Germany in Durban. It offers Spain the chance to follow West Germany into the history books as European Champions who added the World Cup to their crown.
"Let's enjoy the final," said Xavi. "We dedicate this victory to Spain. If we play on Sunday like we did against Germany, we will have a great chance."
Xavi claimed Spain dominated their youthful opponents, turning the screw in the second half and netting the crucial winner moments after Toni Kroos had missed Germany's best chance.
"We played as we wanted to," he said.
"Now it is a final against Holland, a great team playing great football with great players in midfield and up front.
"We will have to impose our personality and football on them."
For once David Villa was unable to find the net. He remains in pole position to claim the Golden Boot and feels Spain can build on their best performance of the competition.
"We have shown that in the big moments we rise to the occasion," said the new Barcelona signing.
"It is the best game we have played. We deserved to score more but a Puyol goal put us in the final and we are exultant."