Sport Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak looks on from the in the stands at the Etihad Stadium

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

Pompey braced for showdown with taxman

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.

Hughes set to raid Manchester City

Mark Hughes could be set to raid his old club after being confirmed as Fulham's new manager.

Noisy neighbour must learn to love quiet life at the Cottage

Fulham manager's job is step down for the ambitious Hughes after his free-spending, United-baiting City days

Manchester City set sights on Torres after signing Kolarov

Roberto Mancini will switch his attentions to recruiting another striker after finally tying up a deal for Lazio left-back Aleksandar Kolarov and yesterday indicated he will be monitoring the ongoing discord between Fernando Torres and Liverpool with interest.

Villa snatches glory after spots of bother

Spain 1 Paraguay 0

Villa goal sends below-par Spain to semi-finals

Paraguay 0 Spain 1

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

Paraguay v Spain, 7.30pm, Johannesburg, BBC1

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

The Premier League has come in for a lot of criticism since England's ignominious exit from the World Cup and there is a further blow for the self-styled "best league in the world" with the news that it languishes in fourth among domestic competitions as the provider of players to the eight teams still left in the competition.

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

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.

Group F: Italy, Paraguay, Slovakia, New Zealand

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