Sport Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

The centre-back has one cap for the national side

Reid's late strike helps Kiwis to make history

New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1

Italy concerned by Buffon fitness

Defending World Cup holders Italy will anxiously await test results on goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after he was forced off with a nerve injury during the 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

New Zealand stun Slovakia with late equaliser

New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1

Italy v Paraguay player ratings

Man-for-man marking from Cape Town

Italy held to laborious draw by Paraguay

Italy 1 Paraguay 1

World Cup: Italy v Paraguay Live!

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Captain puts in familiar hard shift

Pitched into an anchor role again, this time alongside Lampard, Gerrard pounced on his opportunity when let loose

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World Cup Watch: Goalkeepers

In anticipation of the World Cup, The Independent will be running down the key people and factors to keep an eye out for in South Africa with our World Cup Watch series.

'World's finest opera house' reopens after four years

The reopening of one of the world's leading opera houses helped to kick off Argentina's 200th birthday celebrations on Monday, as the curtain was raised at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires for the first time in almost four years.

Wigan on verge of Alcaraz swoop

Wigan have agreed terms to sign Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz from Bruges, the club have confirmed on their website.

Riveros joins Sunderland

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce today made his first summer signing when the club completed a deal to bring Paraguay international midfielder Cristian Riveros to Wearside.

Business diary: The Falcones' pig misses out on his afternoon strolls

Philip Falcone and his wife Lisa Maria haven't been short of a bob or two since the hedge fund mogul made billions betting on the sub-prime mortgage crash. But they have problems too, Lisa Maria tells W, the fashion magazine. She no longer feels comfortable taking Wilbur, her pet pig, for walks in the park. "One day I had somebody taking a picture of me and the pig," she explains. "I thought, Oh, my God! I can see it now. My husband will lose his whole business, and it will be me, the pig, five dogs, a cat and my daughters out on the street, no place to live!"

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