Who Is Walter Pless?

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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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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A-League

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Kwasnik 50) lost to Brisbane Roar 5 (Solorzano 8, 10, Nichols 24, Reinaldo 87, Wilkinson 88 og)

North Queensland Fury 1 (Hughes 81) drew with Perth Glory 1 (Fowler 14)

English Premier League

Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Blackpool

Everton 1-4 West Bromwich Albion

Fulham 1-1 Birmingham

Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers

Stoke City 1-1 Manchester City

West Ham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Sunderland

German Bundesliga

Bayern Munich 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach

FC Kaiserslautern 5-0 Schalke 04

Hamburg 4-2 VfB Stuttgart

Hannover 96 3-0 SC Freiburg

TSG Hoffenheim 2-2 Beyer Leverkusen

Mainz 3-0 Nuremberg

Italian Serie A

Juventus 1-1 Fiorentina

Sampdoria 1-1 AC Milan

Spanish La Liga

Atletico Madrid 2-3 Espanyol

Real Zaragoza 0-3 Villareal

Sevilla 1-3 Getafe


Photo: David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy lost to Newcastle Jets, but he jets off to Zurich tomorrow to support the England World Cup bid and he probably wishes it was on a Concorde as the flight would be quicker [PlessPix]

Friendly (EnergyAustralia Stadium)

Newcastle Jets 2 (Petrovski 39, Haliti 52) beat Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (Donovan 7)

Att: 23,317

Ref: M Breeze

A-League

Melbourne Heart 0-0 Sydney FC

Ref: Milliner

Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Melbourne Victory

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Wellington Phoenix needed a late goal by Paul Ifill to salvage a 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at home at the Westpac Stadium this afternoon.

The result leaves Melbourne Victory in 6th place and Wellington in 7th on the A-League ladder. Both sides have 19 points.

It was Melbourne Victory’s 7th away game without a win, which is a club record.

Wellington looked dangerous in the opening minutes and Tim Brown came close with a shot into the side-netting in the 7th minute after Grant Brebner slipped at the vital moment in trying to cut out Ifill’s left-wing cross.

Brown set up Ifill in the 14th minute and keeper Michael Petkovic had to produce a superb save to deny the Phoenix attacker.

The pressure told in the 18th minute when Brown netted after a superb build-up down the right ended with Brown getting in his shot a split second ahead of team-mate Troy Hearfield, who was lining up a volley.

Melbourne Victory were level two minutes later when Archie Thompson played a one-two with Carlos Hernandez and rifled home inside Mark Paston’s near left-hand post with a shot from the right. It was Thompson’s 50th-A-League goal and he becomes the first player to reach this tally in the competition.

Five minutes before the interval, Robbie Kruse put the visitors ahead with what was his 5th goal of the season. It came after a splendid build-up by the Victory involving about a dozen passes. The move ended when Hernandez played Brebner clear on the right and he cut the ball back for Kruse to score.

Kruse almost grabbed a second in the 75th minute when he broke through the Wellington defence, but, under pressure from 18-year-old James Musa, who was making his A-League debut, he blazed high over the bar.

With 6 minutes remaining, Ifill equalised with a fantastic goal after beating Rodrigo Vargas on the right and shooting past Galekovic.

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Wellington Phoenix: Paston - Hearfield, North, Durante, Musa (Rojas 76) - Brown, Muscat, Lia - Bertos (Ward 46), Ifill, Daniel (Greenacre 60) (Sub not used: Vukovic)

Goals: Brown 18, Ifill 84

Melbourne Victory: Petkovich - Leijer, Muscat, Vargas - Broxham, Celeski (Ferreira 87), Brebner, Angulo - Kruse (Dugandzic 83), Hernandez, Thompson (Pondeljak 81) (Sub not used: Mattei)

Booked: Leijer, Sngulo

Goals: Thompson 20, Kruse 40

Att: 6.421

Ref: P O’Learey

Adelaide United 2-1 Gold Coast United

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Second-placed Adelaide United beat 3rd-placed Gold Coast United 2-1 at home at Hindmarsh Stadium this evening.

The win was Adelaide’s 6th consecutive home win this season and they have now gone 8 A-League games in a row unbeaten at home. Their last home loss in the A-League was on January 19th this year.

They are 3 points behind leaders Brisbane Roar and have a game in hand, and they are 7 points ahead of 3rd-ranked Gold Coast.

Adelaide took the lead with a marvellous goal in the 10th minute. Paul Reid played a one-two with Marcos Flores and hit the return on the half-volley to leave Gold Coast keeper Scott Higgins helpless. The way in which Flores took the pass, turned Bas Van Den Brink and lifted the ball through for Reid was first-class, as was Reid’s finish.

Gold Coast almost equalised in the 14th minute, but Bruce Djite’s blistering shot came back off the near right-hand post.

In the 18th minute, Higgins, who was in the side in place of the injured Glen Moss, did very well to get down and save a shot from Travis Dodd.

Two minutes later, Sergio Van Dijk went close with a header that landed on top of the net.

In the dying seconds of stoppage time, Van Den Brink hit a stunning equaliser. Djite laid the ball back into his path and his blistering drive from outside the box gave Eugene Galekovic no chance as it rocketed into the far top left-hand corner of the net.

Within two minutes of the resumption, Adelaide regained the lead as a left-wing cross by Iain Ramsay was headed home by Dodd. But, it was somewhat fortunate that Ramsay got the ball. An attempted clearance by a Gold Coast defender hit a team-mate and the ball ricocheted wide to Ramsay.

Gold Coast’s chances were diminished when James Brown was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 61st minute for a foul on Cassio. His first yellow card, in the 16th minute, had also been for a foul on the same player.

Adelaide should also probably have had a penalty when Van Den Brink brought down Flores after the Argentine had ‘nut-megged’ him.

Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg was critical of the refereeing in his post-match press conference.

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Adelaide United: Galekovic - Barbiero (Mullen 90+1), Fyfe, Cornthwaite, Cassio - Hughes, Flores (Watson 85), Reid - Dodd (Pantelis 80), Van Dijk, Ramsay (Subs not used: Birighitte)

Goals: Reid 10, Dodd 47

Gold Coast United: Higgins - Curtis (Pentelidis 71), Djulbic, Rees (Robson 50), Anderson (Fitzsimmons 64) - Culina, Van Den Brink, Caravella - Brown, Djite, Traore (Sub not used: Tyson)

Booked: Brown, Djite, Djulbic

Send-off: Brown

Goals: Van Den Brink 45+2

Att: 12,005

Ref: P Green