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Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina has backed his underfire Liverpool team-mate Fernando Torres to repeat his Euro 2008 final winning heroics against Germany.

Torres, 26, grabbed the goal that made Vicente Del Bosque European champions two years ago, but has looked a long distance short of that form so far this summer. The £70 million-rated superstar has yet to find the back of the net in South Africa and has been left in top scorer David Villa's shadow.

Speaking to reporters in the build-up to Wednesday's semi-final clash against Joachim Loew's side, Reina insisted Torres would spark back into life.

"Torres is a fully mature guy now and has experienced both tough and sweet moments in his career and knows that's the way football goes," Reina said.

"He knows he enjoys the confidence of the coach, the players and he has strong self confidence. He won us the final against Germany last time and we all hope he repeats that this time."

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