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Captain believes nature of Paraguay win is a double boost for Spain...

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has revealed that team-mate Pepe Reina told him which way to go to save Oscar Cardozo's penalty in their 1-0 quarter-final win over Paraguay.

With the game scoreless Cardozo stepped up to take a spot kick just before the hour mark after Gerard Pique had fouled the Benfica man but Casilllas got down to stop the penalty with an excellent save before David Villa won the game late on with his fifth goal of the tournament.

"I was nervous but also very happy for the team. Pepe Reina, who is a phenomenon, let me know which way Cardozo would strike the penalty and I saved it," he told AS.

Casillas insisted that hard fought victories such as the win against the South Americans will set them in good stead for the remainder of the competition but he is wary of the test the Germans will produce on Wednesday.

"We have suffered more than necessary but such victories give you a double boost. Germany comes from beating England and Argentina. They are a young team that are playing very well and for us it will be very difficult."

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