A new champion will be crowned on Sunday after the UEFA 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 FIFA 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.
"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."
"We have shown that in the big moments we rise to the occasion," said the new Barcelona signing. "It is the best game we have played. We deserved to score more but a Puyol goal put us in the final and we are exultant."