Villa vs Klose highlights Spain-Germany semifinal
The World Cup's two most impressive strikers - David Villa and Miroslav Klose - will go head-to-head when European champion Spain meets three-time winner Germany in the semifinals on July 7.sports Updated: Jul 06, 2010 13:13 IST
The World Cup's two most impressive strikers - David Villa and Miroslav Klose - will go head-to-head when European champion Spain meets three-time winner Germany in the semifinals on July 7.
Villa leads the scoring chart with five goals in five games for Spain, while Klose has hit the target four times for Germany and needs only one more goal to pull even with former Brazil forward Ronaldo as the top World Cup scorer of all time with 15 goals.
"It's difficult to compare them but both have shown great finishing qualities," Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
Villa's strike partner Fernando Torres has been out of touch and may be left out of Spain's team, while Thomas Mueller is suspended for Germany, meaning the scoring onus will fall even heavily upon Villa and Klose.
Villa missed the 2008 European Championship final against Germany due to injury but still led that tournament with four goals. The 28-year-old forward is one goal away from matching Raul Gonzalez's Spain record of 44 and is looking to cement his place as his country's greatest striker.
"He's left-footed, right-footed, technically gifted. He's almost as complete a player as Lionel Messi," Klose said, comparing Villa to the Argentina standout. "He's a player that you have to combat against with a whole team, not just one defender."
Whereas Villa has scored all but one of Spain's six goals at this tournament, Klose's four strikes represent less than a third of Germany's impressive 13-goal output.
Germany beat Australia 4-0 in its opening match, and had routed England 4-1 and Argentina 4-0 in its past two matches.
"It's probably the most complete team in the World Cup. A team that has changed since the 2008 final, with young and fresh faces," backup Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina said. "It's the most dangerous rival at the moment."