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Melbourne City draw with Wellington Phoenix, Jamie Maclaren goal, video, highlights, David Beckham



Melbourne City’s quest for a first-ever Premiers Plate has taken a slight detour after being held to a 2-2 draw by the Wellington Phoenix.

City, who rotated the pack after their third game in a week, battled back from an early deficit following Tomar Hemed’s first-half penalty gave the Phoenix an early advantage before Naoki Tsubaki equalised just after half-time.

Jamie Maclaren, who started on the bench, thought he had the winner for City, curling home a superb free-kick for his 25th goal of the season.

However, Hemed’s late flick rescued a point for the visitors thus keeping Wellington’s slim finals hopes alive.

The Israeli international donned a kippah upon scoring the equaliser and saluted the crowd with a hand across his face.

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City now need to accumulate five points from their final four games in order to wrap up the Premiers Plate.

After a first-half of few and far between chances, it was one of City’s inclusions Ben Garuccio who brought down Louis Fenton inside the area – sending Hemed to the spot who confidently dispatched the resulting penalty.

However, City made Wellington pay for their inability to build on their one-goal lead as Marco Tilio dispossessed an under-pressure Josh Laws and played through Tsubaki to tap-home the equaliser in the 58th minute.

Tomer Hemed of the Phoenix wraps himself in the flag of Israel to celebrate a goal from a penalty. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Attacking mainstays Craig Noone and Jamie Maclaren were thrust on in search of a winner and the former’s impact was profound, teeing up Connor Metcalfe who blasted his volley just wide.

However, the dam wall finally broke as Maclaren’s pinpoint free-kick flew into the top-corner to give Melbourne the lead with under ten minutes to play.

Despite their late foray, Ball’s cross found Hemed to flick home a late equaliser for Wellington – and extending their seven-game unbeaten run.


With games coming thick and fast, Melbourne City were forced to rotate the pack.

Key players Jamie Maclaren, Craig Noone and Scott Jamieson all started off the bench while Andrew Nabbout began his lengthy absence with an adductor injury – forcing Patrick Kisnorbo to make six changes as they look to combat fatigue and changing to a 4-4-2.

The gap in quality was obvious from half-to-half, as Maclaren and Noone were brought in search for a winner while also going back to their familiar formation.

It may have also been a glimpse into the near future with some of their key personnel including Maclaren potentially being on the verge of a Socceroos call-up in June which coincides with City’s push for a first ever A-League championship.


As teams have battled short-turnarounds and all the difficulties a COVID affected season can throw up – no one has had it as difficult as Wellington.

Due to the Australia-New Zealand hard border for much of the season, the ‘Nix have been based in Wollongong in order to play out the season but after the introduced two-way travel bubble between the two countries – it now means the ‘Nix will head home next week.

With Wellington still in with a slim chance of making finals, the boost of playing back in front of their home support at the ‘cake tin’ will be a welcome one for Ufuk Talay and his charges.

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Christian Eriksen, Men's Health Week and my decision to change my life



Express Sport’s Tommy Wathen writes Christian Eriksen, International Men’s Health week and the decision to change his life.

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Christian Eriksen, latest news, heart defibrillator, Denmark



Danish star Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro 2020 opener last weekend, will have a heart defibrillator implanted, the Danish Football Union (DBU) announced Thursday.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field as some 16,000 fans in attendance watched.

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This continued for about 15 minutes before he was carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital, and it was later confirmed that he had suffered cardiac arrest.

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter),” the Danish football body said in a statement on Twitter.

The device, which is an improved variant of a pacemaker, is “necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances,” it added.

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Like a conventional pacemaker, the device sends out electrical impulses when the heart rate is too slow, in order to avoid a cardiac arrest. In addition to this function, it can also treat a rhythm that is too fast.

DBU provided no details on the potential consequences for the 29-year-old Inter Milan player’s future career, and encouraged people to give Eriksen and his family “peace and privacy.”

Players, such as Dutchman Daley Blind, have been able to resume their careers after being fitted with the device.

Eriksen “has accepted the solution” and it had also been “confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment,” DBU said.

The announcement of the medical procedure comes hours before the kick-off to Denmark’s next match against Belgium, where a tribute to the Danish number 10 is scheduled to take place in the 10th minute of the match, with fans planning a minute’s applause in support of Eriksen.

The former Premier League player might even be able to hear it from his bed as Rigshospitalet where he has been for the past five days is barely a kilometre as the crow flies from ‘Parken’, the Danish national stadium in Copenhagen.

Coach Kasper Hjulmand has even noted that Eriksen has a view of the stadium from his window.

German doctor Jens Kleinefeld, who treated Eriksen on the pitch, revealed in an interview with the Funke media group that Eriksen regained consciousness after the use of an emergency defibrillator.

Kleinefeld said he looked at the Inter Milan midfielder and asked him, “Well, are you back with us?” Eriksen answered, “Yes, I am back with you” and, “Damn, I’m only 29 years old,” the doctor said.

After the dramatic scenes the Danes’ second game of the Euros will be an “emotional” return to the pitch, Hjulmand said Wednesday.

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“We expect to have incredible support from our fans and from the whole country,” Hjulmand said at a press conference.

“We have to be ready for that and use this energy in a positive way,” he added.

After their defeat against Finland, who scored in the second half after the game was resumed on Saturday, a loss against Belgium, ranked number one by FIFA, would severely damage their chances of moving forward to the knockout stages.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored twice in their 3-0 win over Russia, said the players would kick the ball out of play for the minute’s applause.

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Man Utd 'make £50m Raphael Varane bid' but Real Madrid hit back with counter offer



Real Madrid could lose two star centre-backs this summer, with Sergio Ramos already set to leave the Spanish club.

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