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Spain ready to take on World

Spain's midfield maestro Xavi is determined to enjoy the World Cup final.

A new champion will be crowned on Sunday after the Euro 2008 winners booked a clash with Holland at Soccer City thanks to Carles Puyol's fierce second-half header against Germany in Durban.

It offers Spain the chance to follow West Germany into the history books as European Champions who added the World Cup to their crown.

Xavi and his team-mates have already been installed as favourites.

But the Barcelona star is keen to relieve the pressure and make sure Spain make the most of their first date at world football's most prestigious gathering.

"Let's enjoy the final," said Xavi. "We dedicate this victory to Spain. If we play on Sunday like we did today, we will have a great chance."

Xavi claimed Spain dominated their opponents, turning the screw in the second half and netting the crucial winner moments after Toni Kroos had missed Germany's best chance.

"We played as we wanted to," he said. "Now it is a final against Holland, a great team playing great football with great players in midfield and up front. We will have to impose our personality and football on them."

For once David Villa was unable to find the net. He remains in pole position to claim the Golden Boot and feels Spain can build on their best performance of the competition.

"We have shown that in the big moments we rise to the occasion," Villa said.