Will Joachim Low’s lucky jumper do the trick tonight?
Germany will have a fully-fit squad for the semi-final against Spain, with the suspended Thomas Mueller their only absentee.
Midfielder Sami Khedira has overcome a thigh injury, while Arne Friedrich has recovered from a foot problem. Back-up striker Cacau is also available after missing the last two games with an abdominal muscle injury.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque must decide whether to persist with misfiring striker Fernando Torres, who lasted less than an hour against Paraguay before being substituted.
His replacement, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, is a doubt after injuring his right leg in training. An x-ray has revealed no bone damage but the midfielder is also nursing a shoulder injury.
Centre-back Carles Puyol has been given the all-clear after suffering from blurred vision. (BBC Sport)
Joachim Low and Vicente del Bosque’s teams go head to head in Durban for the right to take on Holland in the World Cup Final and both sides will feel they have what it takes to edge this European encounter. Germany have been in sparkling form and the under performing Spanish side will know they still have a gear or two to move into.
The absence of Thomas Muller may be a concern for Low, seeing as the youngster has been instrumental in their recent big wins over England and Argentina but the form of misfiring striker Fernando Torres may be more of an issue for the Spaniards who will have to decide if they select the Liverpool man for action tonight.
Highlights of previous 2010 World Cup games these two teams have taken part in.
Argentina 0-4 Germany
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