Diego Maradona limped off the training field yesterday with a pain in his right knee, but Argentina's star said he was determined to play in today's game against Romania.
"I'm haunted by bad luck," Maradona said, clutching his right knee after a practice at San Paolo Stadium in Naples, site of the game. "It hurts but I'll play at any cost. I think I'll be all right tomorrow."
"It looks like he took a misstep, but I don't think it's anything serious," team physician Raul Madero said.
Maradona felt pain when he stopped suddenly during a practice game between the starters and reserve players.
"It's too early to diagnose what happened to Diego," Coach Carlos Bilardo said. "We are going to test him when we go back to our camp and then we'll see."
The defending World Cup champions need to beat Romania to clinch a spot in the second round, although a tie might be good enough.Record Producer
In Saturday's 0-0 tie with the Netherlands, England goalkeeper Peter Shilton became the first player to make 120 international appearances, beating the 119 of now-retired Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings.
Chilton, 40, is the oldest of 528 players on the 24 World Cup teams in Italy.
Before the game in Cagliari's Sant'Elia Stadium, the chairman of the English Football Association, Bert Millichip, presented Shilton with a plaque to mark the record.
"It's a fantastic achievement," England Manager Bobby Robson said. "He has been a wonderful example to the team over 20 years."
Robson helped Shilton's task Saturday by using a sweeper behind his two central defenders for the first time in eight years as coach of the national team.
He didn't do it for Shilton's sake, however. He did it to keep under control Dutch stars Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard.
"I was not thinking about the record when the match started. In fact, I have never really thought much about it," Shilton said. "All I wanted to do was keep the ball out of my net and that's what pleased me most."That Brazilian Beat
Brazil's lambada road show has upset the citizens of Turin and been told to cool it.
A giant truck outfitted with 10,000-watt speakers to blast out samba and lambada rhythms has been banned from the city center after complaints about the noise. The truck, which carries a 10-piece band and dancing show, was sent to drum up support for Brazil's bid to win a record fourth World Cup.
The decibel level proved too much for complaining residents and the city authorities ruled that the mobile show could perform only on Brazilian game days.
However, the 10,000 samba-dancing fans could meet their match during Wednesday's game against Scotland. The hordes of Scottish fans will be led by a pipe band in full kilted regalia in what could be the most colorful -- and noisy -- game of the tournament.Asylum Decision Today
Thirty-nine Romanians who formally sought asylum in Italy will find out today whether the Interior Ministry will consider the requests. Fans in Telese, where 1,000 Romanians have stayed during the tournament, said as many as 100 people would try to defect because they think Romanian President Ion Iliescu has subverted their revolution.