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Germany v Spain like a World Cup final, says Torres

Fernando Torres has said 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 will meet again in the last four of football's biggest tournament with the winners to face either Holland or Uruguay in the final next Sunday in Johannesburg.

Torres has not been surprised by Germany's success in South Africa but also feels the best is still to come from Spain.

He 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 are so happy and looking forward.

"Hopefully the best will still be to come. I think we can improve and be much better. We have a massive game against Germany. It will be like a final.

"We know them. 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."

Villa netted his fifth goal of the tournament when his 83rd-minute strike earned Spain a 1-0 quarter-final success over Paraguay.

Torres said: "David has been very important for us, the key for Spain.

"He is scoring important goals, he gives us the opportunity to keep looking forward thinking we can win the World Cup.

"It has been his World Cup."

Torres confirmed he will put any talks about his Liverpool future with new boss Roy Hodgson on hold until after the World Cup.

He said: "For now, my future is the World Cup and we still have a very important week ahead. I am sure we will talk soon."

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