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Brazil under-20 star Wallace gives masterclass in timewasting

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Timewasting has for better or worse become a regular feature in the modern game, but Brazilian defender Wallace took the dubious artform to a new level entirely during a South American youth championship match last night.

Wallace was at the heart of a controversial finish to the latest episode in Uruguay's bitter rivalry with Brazil, sent off in stoppage time for a clumsy tackle that left little to the imagination.

The 20-year-old looked to have made his final contribution to the match as he trudged off disconsolately, but there was method to the madness and the on-loan Monaco starlet wasn't finished there.

Time for the stretcher

Wallace walked just beyond the centre circle and decided from that point on he wasn't physically capable of taking another solitary step, deciding to lay on the floor with his hands behind his head and wait for assistance.

The referee looked absolutely perplexed and after a delay called for medical assistance, which led to a cart kindly driving on the pitch to run down the clock and take the defender from the field at long last.

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Gamble paid off

Wallace's team-mates would not have thanked the centre-back one bit for the extra stoppage time added by the official, but the move ultimately worked as it give the Selecao youngsters precious time to set up for a late Uruguay free-kick.

The 10 men cleared their lines and stood firm to keep the match goalless, which perhaps the most fitting scoreline for a match in which Wallace produced the notable, comical contribution without touching the ball.

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