spain vs. Ger­many

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — From wire re­ports

When: 1:30 p.m. to­day Where: Dur­ban TV-ra­dio: ESPN and KZNX-AM (1530), KWNXAM (1260)

Spain: La Furia Roja plays “the beau­ti­ful game’’ bet­ter than any other coun­try these days, but the sec­on­dranked team still has yet to click on all cylin­ders. Their game is pos­ses­sion, and they will need that to­day. David Villa has been the Span­ish scor­ing ar­mada.

He could use some help from ei­ther Cesc Fabre­gas, who might take strug­gling Fer­nando Tor­res’ place up front, or one of the tal­ented mid­field­ers. Iker Casil­las has been the best goal­keeper in the tour­na­ment.

Ger­many: Die Mannschaft is in the semi­fi­nals for the third straight time. The three­time cham­pi­ons, ranked fourth in the world, are peak­ing at the per­fect time.

Like the Span­ish, the Ger­mans want to keep the ball. Miroslav Klose has four goals for the tour­na­ment and 14 in Cup his­tory — ty­ing him for sec­ond place all­time. But Thomas Mueller, who has also scored four goals, is sus­pended for this match. The young Ger­mans have been ma­chine-like in their pre­ci­sion and have shown no weak­ness what­so­ever.

Miroslav Klose

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