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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This is an official media release from FFA:

Torreon, Mexico

Wednesday 29 June 2011

The Qantas Joeys are out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after they were defeated 0-4 by Uzbekistan in the Round of 16 match played at Estadio Torreon.

Starting the match without Yianni Perkatis (suspension) and Jesse Makarounas (injury), Luke Remington was rewarded for his goal against Denmark with his first start of the competition.


The Qantas Joeys were also forced to play the match with only a one day rest after their last Group F match had to be replayed.

Uzbekistan controlled the match from the start and took only 11 minutes to open the scoring. Uzbek captain Abbosbek Makhstaliev received a through ball on the right and he drilled his shot low and hard to beat Paul Izzo to give his team the lead.

Uzbekistan doubled their tally in the 40th minute. Sardor Sabirkhodjaev made a run to the goal-line before crossing the ball near the penalty spot. Jacob Melling's clearance fell to Timur Khakimov on top of the box and his shot was deflected into goal for Uzbekistan’s second.

In the early stages of the second half, the Qantas Joeys had a penalty claim waved away by referee Victor Carillo after Corey Brown was tackled inside the box. Qantas Joeys Head Coach Jan Versleijen then made two attacking changes in the 55th minute bringing on Teeboy Kamara and Anthony Proia.

Things got worse for the Qantas Joeys when their key striker Dylan Tombides was shown a straight red card after he was deemed to have his studs showing in a tackle. The sending off opened up and exposed the Qantas Joeys defence leading to the third and fourth goals for Uzbekistan.

The third goal came in the 66th minute when Connor Chapman was under pressure to clear a cross from the right and forced his clearance into his own net.

Uzbekistan completed the scoring in the 87th minute when the players passed the ball around the Qantas Joeys defence before substitute Davlatbek Yarbekov placed his shot beyond Izzo’s reach.

The Qantas Joeys night of misery was completed in additional time when Kamara was given his second yellow card. Australia had to play the remaining two minutes of the match with nine men.

Speaking after the match, Versleijen pointed out that the Uzbekistan’s early goal put the Qantas Joeys in a difficult position.

“It is a disappointing loss. Every loss is disappointing. Uzbekistan started well and scored early.

"We knew it would be a difficult game but that's obvious when you play in the last 16, all the teams you play have quality.

"The moments we got the goals scored against us were not in our favour and also knowing that we didn't recover completely from our last game against Denmark.

"When you go behind you need extra energy and extra forces to get back into the game and we couldn't get that today.

"It's difficult to say what part the lack of recovery had on the game, but it showed when you have to come from behind and then get a red card, it makes it very difficult.

"When you are chasing the game, are 2-nil behind and knowing that we hadn't recovered from our last game against Denmark, then it takes a lot of mental strength for boys at 16 and 17 years of age to overcome those things.

"I think the first factor you have to look at of course is your opponent because they (Uzbekistan) were well organised, they defended very well as a unit and they were very sharp on the counter attack.

"The temperature and the lack of recovery time from the Denmark game to this game - this was also part of the result but I don't want to use these reasons as an excuse.

"We played four games in this World Cup. Four games against opponents with different styles and I think that is a very good learning opportunity to come up against those variations in playing styles”, concluded Versleijen.

Match Details:

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011
Uzbekistan       4 ( Makhstaliev 11’, Khakimov 40’, Chapman 66’ (og), Yarbekov 89’)
Qantas Joeys   0
Wednesday 28 June 2011,
Estadio Torreon, Torreon, Mexico

Referee: Victor Carrillo (Peru)
Assistant Referees: Jonny Bossio (Peru) & Cesar Escano (Peru)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Parea (Panama)

Uzbekistan line-up: 12.Ganisher KHOLMURODOV (gk), 3.Sardor RAKHMANOV, 5.Asiljon MANSUROV, 6.Abbosbek MAKHSTALIEV (c) (15.JAsurbek KHAKIMOV 83’), 7.Azizbek MURATOV, 8.Sardor SABIRKHODJAEV, 9.Kholmurod KHOLMURODOV, 11.Timur KHAKIMOV (17.Dior USMANKHODJAEV 89’), 13.Bobir DAVLATOV (20.Davlatbek YARBEKOV 22’), 14.Javlon MIRABDULLAEV, 18.Muhsinjon UBAYDULLAEV,

Substitutes not used: 1.Sergey SMORODIN (gk), 2.Mirzamurod JURABAEV, 4.Ravshanjon HAYDAROV, 10.Nodirhon KAMOLOV, 12.Ganisher KHOLMURODOV (gk), 16.Khasan ASKAROV, 19.Zabikhillo URINBOEV, 21.Abdumavlon ABDULJALILOV (gk)

Yellow cards: Davlatbek Yarbekov 30’, Abbosbek Makhstaliev 65’

Red cards: Nil

Qantas Joeys -line-up: 1.Paul IZZO (gk), 2.Jake MONACO, 3.Connor CHAPMAN (c), 4.Tom KING, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Hernan ESPINDOLA, 8.Mitch COOPER (19.Mitchell OXBORROW 80’), 9.Dylan TOMBIDES, 11.Luke REMINGTON (15.Anthony PROIA 55’) 17.Jacob MELLING, 21.Riley WOODCOCK (13. Teeboy Kamara 55’)

Unavailable: Yianni PERKATIS (suspended), Jesse MAKAROUNAS (Injury)

Substitutes not used: 12. Lachlan TIBBLES (gk), 14.Milos DEGENEK, 16.Stefan MAUK, 18.Daniel SADAKA (gk), 20.Nicholas ANSELL

Yellow cards: Corey Brown 14’, Riley Woodcock 48’, Teeboy Kamara 65’

Red cards: Dylan Tombides 59’, Teeboy Kamara 90’