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Finally, The Last International Round-Up

Phew, glad this is the last of these to write for a while, but I suppose that's price to pay for supporting a team packed with internationals.

Following Ghana's triumphant draw with England, everything else was always going to be a bit "after the Lord Mayors show" but we want to give every SAFC player in action the credit they deserve here at Roker Report.

So whilst Asamoah Gyan was working his backside off at Wembley, Simon Mignolet enjoyed a quieter night as he won his second cap for Belgium against Azerbaijan in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

The Belgians dominated the game as expected, cruising to a 4-1 win in Brussels.The goal for Azerbaijan was not Mignolet's fault. A corner swung in from his left was met powerfully around the penalty spot by Ruslan Abushev, and as it sailed towards the roof of the net, the covering defender on the line couldn't get enough on it to stop the away side getting an equaliser.

Plain sailing though however for Mig, as he was only required once more to produce a routine save in what was the visitors only other shot on target.

Now I'm sure I wont need to remind all of you who were up at 2am to watch USA take on Cristian Riveros and his Paraguay team mates of the action. Riveros took his familiar position in midfield as the Paraguayans employed their take on the 4-3-3/4-5-1 hybrid.

The Paraguayans dominated the early part of the game, and deservedly took the lead, although our man Riveros was not on the score sheet tonight in a rainy Nashville, Tennessee. Although he did complete the full 90 minutes. That's twice he has in nearly as many days for Cristian, meaning he is fully fit, just not in Bruce's plans it would seem.

And finally, the lesser-spotted Marcos Angeleri got the start for Argentina against Costa Rica, in a match played in San Jose.

Angeleri managed the full 90 minutes against their lesser opponents, but still the Albiceleste couldn't break down their opponents and the game ended in a thoroughly dull 0-0.

As for Angeleri, he was OK defensively if never troubled. However provided absolutely nothing going forward and won't have impressed manager Segio Batista that he is a worthy successor to the aging Javier Zanetti on the evidence of this game.

And that's all the international reporting done. I hope you've enjoyed them, and finally we can crack on with the Manchester City game! Woo!