Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Barcelona lost the chance to defend their European crown when they could only beat Inter Milan 1-0 at home at the Nou Camp this morning.


Inter will now meet Bayern Munich in the final of the European Champions League at the Bernabeu in Madrid.


A goal by Pique in the 83rd minute won the game, but not the tie, for Barcelona, with Inter winning 3-2 on aggregate.


Picture a training session with 10 versus 10 in just one half of the field and the attacking side’s goalkeeper in the centre-circle. That is what this game was like after Inter had Thiago Motta sent off just short of the half-hour mark after shoving a hand in the face of Sergio Busquets.


Barcelona had all the possession but very few shots and Inter survived to reach the final. Possession for almost the entire match was about 80% to 20% in favour of the home side.


As Inter celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle, the sprinklers came on as the home team’s ground staff attempted to dampen the visitors’ joy.


It will be Inter's first appearance in the showpiece European final since 1972.


The attendance was 98,000.