- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (AP) - Carles Puyol’s header has given Spain a 1-0 lead over Germany in their World Cup semifinal on Wednesday night.

The Spain defender connected on Xavi’s corner kick in the 73rd minute. Spain has had the best chances in the match in Durban.

David Villa’s close-range shot from a pass by Pedro was blocked by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the sixth minute. Neuer stopped Pedro’s shot in the 58th, and Andres Iniesta missed from a tough angle moments later.

German substitute Toni Kroos tested Iker Casillas with a shot in the 69th, but the goalkeeper blocked it with his palms.

Casillas also saved Piotr Trowchowski’s long-distance shot in the 32nd.

The winner will play the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final.

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