Iniesta ready for Germany

Playmaker expecting tough test against semi-final opponents

Iniesta: Ready for Germans

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Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta is eagerly anticipating his nation's semi-final fixture versus Germany.

The Spaniard's advanced past Paraguay on Saturday thanks to a late strike from David Villa, with the former made to work hard for their triumph.

Vicente del Bosque's men next meet the in-form Germans, who they defeated in the final of their successful Euro 2008 campaign.

"We'll be playing Germany again but I don't think what happened two years ago will have any bearing on the game," Iniesta said of Wednesday's semi-final in Durban.

"Germany have had a brilliant World Cup so far and regardless of their excellent results they're also playing very well.

"It must be a tremendous motivation for them but we too are at the top of our game.


"We're keen to progress further, it will be a match between two teams that like to keep ball and I think it will be a great match."

Of the victory over Paraguay, Iniesta accepted that his side were forced to work hard by their South American opponents.

"We had all sorts of problems in this match, we knew it would be very tough because Paraguay have been playing well throughout the entire World Cup," he added.

"They made life difficult for all their opponents and this match was decided with one quick move.

"We have to be delighted and proud and all other positive adjectives in the dictionary, to be amongst the four best teams in the world is something really great."