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Germany vs Spain – teams announced

| 07.07.2010

Spain have dropped Fernando Torres for their semi-final clash with Germany, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

Torres has failed to score in five appearances at the World Cup, and he is replaced by Barcelona’s Pedro, who is 8/1 to score first.

Spain are otherwise unchanged from the side that beat Paraguay 1-0 at the quarter-final stage.

Germany, meanwhile, have been forced into making one change, as Piotr Trochowski comes in for the suspended Thomas Muller.

Trochowski is expected to start on the right wing, alongside fellow attacking midfielders Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski, who is 7/1 to score first.

This promises to be an epic encounter, and both sides are available at 13/8 to win the tie.

The confirmed starting line-ups are:

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng; Trochowski, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Ozil; Klose

Spain: Casillas; Ramos, Puyol, Pique, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro; Villa

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.