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The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Santa Cruz: I want out of City and so does Tevez

Roque Santa cruz has revealed he wants to move to Spain in the new year and also claims Carlos Tevez is unhappy at Manchester City.

Japan's strong rearguard effort denies South Korea victory

South Korea and Japan fought out a 0-0 draw yesterday in a blood-and-thunder friendly lacking only goals to mark a pulsating game between the Asian rivals. Japan, who stunned Argentina 1-0 last week in their first match under Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni, pushed South Korea hard in Seoul during the first half.

Alcaraz puts late dampener on Gyan's debut party

Wigan Athletic 1 Sunderland 1: Sunderland have to settle for a point against Wigan after Ghanaian striker highlights spirited response to Cattermole's second red card of the season

Spain looks to Iniesta for history-changing moment

There was another flawlessly blue sky on South Africa's east coast, where Spain arrived yesterday wondering whether they have finally made it back to the sunny uplands they occupied when they edged Germany to the European crown two years ago. Andres Iniesta is the man who has given them the belief that they have.

Brian Viner: Alan Shearer seems to possess all the tactical insight of Sybil Fawlty

View From The Sofa: At half-time during Paraguay v Spain, the great man found seven different ways to express his surprise at how poor the Spanish had been

Villa snatches glory after spots of bother

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Man-for-man ratings from Ellis Park Johannesburg

Villa goal sends below-par Spain to semi-finals

Paraguay 0 Spain 1

World Cup: Paraguay v Spain Live!

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Paraguay aim to stifle Spanish as Del Bosque eyes place in history

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James Lawton: Blue Samurai show England how to play with pride in the shirt

While France and England were the despair of their nations, Japan showed how far you could go when you fight to the last bead of sweat

Okada takes the blame after Japanese courage is undone by timid tactics

Paraguay 0 Japan 0 (aet; Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

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Paraguay through after penalty shoot-out drama

Paraguay 0 Japan 0 (Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

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