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City reported losses of £51.6m for 2012/13, down from £97.9m the previous year

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A club in crisis against one in transition. There was a pre-season friendly with a difference on the south coast yesterday and, surprisingly, it was relegated Portsmouth, for all their seemingly interminable troubles, who came out on top against Mark Hughes's Fulham.

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

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Sorry, Premier League. Serie A is the new home of world talent

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Paraguay through after penalty shoot-out drama

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

Paston heroics ensure Kiwis exit with pride

Paraguay 0 New Zealand 0

Paraguay draw with New Zealand to progress

Paraguay 0 New Zealand 0

Paraguay ease past Slovakia to put next phase in sight

Paraguay are in sight of the second phase of the World Cup after goals from Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros gave them victory against Slovakia in Group F.

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