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The 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League, Football League and beyond Barcelona face Valencia as they try to pull away from Real Madrid Email Nick.Miller.casual@theguardian.com and tweet @NickMiller79 Keep up to speed with all the live scores from the UK and Europe 2.11pm BST It’s done in the Championship, and the final score is Wolves 1-1 Ipswich. That leaves Wolves three points off the playoffs, leaving things out of their hands, while Ipswich remain in sixth place. 2.10pm BST Speroni; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Ledley; Bolasie, Jedinak, McArthur, Zaha; Puncheon; Murray. Subs: Hennessey, Hangeland, Kelly, Souare, Ameobi, Gayle, Sanogo. 2.01pm BST If you’re not much interested in football, then you’re probably in the wrong place, but then perhaps Hadley Freeman’s interview with Jon Stewart might be more to your tastes. Of course, you’re still allowed to read if you are interested in football. Just, you know, come back here after. At 52, Stewart has the bouncy energy of a man half his age and, unlike most in the public eye, has an aversion to compliments. If I tell him I liked something about the film, he will immediately deflect the compliment and insist it was all down to Bahari, or the film’s star Gael García Bernal , or the crew. For all the claims of his detractors that Stewart is the epitome of East Coast elitism, there is more self-deprecating New Jersey grit here than arrogant Manhattan elan. Much as he might wince to hear it, for the past 16 years Stewart has occupied a place in America’s cultural and political life far greater than the small audience of his cable show would suggest. The Daily Show’s simple format consists of a mix of reports from roving reporters (who have included Steve Carell , Stephen Colbert and John Oliver ), monologues delivered by Stewart and an end-of-show interview. Over time, Stewart has evolved from a satirist to a broadcaster celebrated as the voice of US liberalism, the one who will give the definitive progressive take on a story. 1.49pm BST It remains 1-1 in the Championship at Molineux. Ipswich took the lead through a Richard Stearman own-goal, but as has been so often the case Wolves were dragged back from oblivion by Nouha Dicko. 1.45pm BST So. Here we are. We find ourselves in this situation once more. Again, we have football to watch. Quite a bit of it, too. Now, you may think that, today being the day of the FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Reading and the big Premier League clash as Chelsea duke it out with Manchester United, that all the proper action is saved for later. Well oh no sir, think again madam, for there is plenty in football today to stir feelings you may have thought long-dead. ground down by the essential pointlessness of existence and crushing reality that only a very small percentage of us will ever really achieve our dreams and a decent number will die alone. Indeed, one could make a reasonable argument that the supposed ‘big’ Premier League match of the day is actually the least meaningful, given that Chelsea are probably going to win the league whatever happens later on at Stamford Bridge, and the most Manchester United are playing for is whether they finish second or third and forgive us dear reader if we don’t get all whooped-up about that prospect. Instead Pulis returns to Selhurst Park with his new team in trouble. West Brom have lost their last three matches and conceded 10 goals in the process, leaving Pulis with important questions to resolve. In particular, he needs to get his full-back selections right – if he sticks with Chris Brunt on the left and Craig Dawson on the right, then we can look forward to more thrilling capers from Yannick Bolasie. Ronald Koeman claimed he left Nathaniel Clyne on the bench last week because the right-back was tired and not because of the stalled contract talks and mounting transfer speculation surrounding an excellent player . So it will be interesting to see whether the 24-year-old starts on Saturday. The uncertainty around Clyne offers a reminder of the upheaval Southampton endured last summer and, of course, of the splendid job done since then. Indeed, the team coped fine without Clyne last week, with Maya Yoshida looking assured in central defence as Toby Alderweireld manned the right-back slot. Whoever Koeman selects at the Britannia, surely all right-thinking folks will be hoping for a Southampton win? Nothing against Stoke, who have also been admirable this season, it is just that it would be heartening to see Saints gatecrash the top four and take a Champions League spot. A win this weekend could help tee up a mouthwatering showdown with Manchester City on the final day of the season. 1.45pm BST Nick will be here soon. Continue reading...

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A-League: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory – live!

A-League: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory – live!

Live updates from the round 26 clash at Suncorp Stadium Email: richard.parkin@theguardian.com | Tweet: @rrjparkin 9.40pm AEST So there we have it. Melbourne grab the three points they so desperately needed and their lengthy trophy drought appears to be over. Only a startling capitulation against the Mariners, coupled with a goal-spree from Sydney could see them lose the Premiers’ plate now. Great courage from a young Brisbane side, but realistically they didn’t threaten Melbourne too much going forward. Too much space between midfield and their front line left Solorzano isolated at times, but they dug in and kept a very lively Fahid Ben Khalfallah at bay. 9.31pm AEST And that’s it! The Victory have won it, and they are almost certain now to lift the Premiers’ plate. 9.29pm AEST 94 min: Melbourne look to smother the game. Just keep possession, but Pain gives it away. Petratos with a stinging long-range drive! 9.27pm AEST 92 min: Polenz can’t continue, and now the Roar have ten. Good work down the right hand side sees Brisbane win a corner - can they threaten the spectacular?! 9.25pm AEST 90 min: and as quickly as that moment arose, it passes. Polenz down with a lengthy injury, and the momentum and sting has once again gone out of the game. 9.25pm AEST 89 min: Sarota still working hard. Now Thompson’s been booked too! A real ugly challenge, in the category of ‘strikers’ tackle’. Polenz was striding forward there - a nice interception. This aggro has lifted the Roar a bit - any chance it might inspire the young chargers to something dramatic? 9.22pm AEST 87 min: here we go - Berisha’s gone down, and suddenly Broxham’s been booked! Not sure what’s going on there. Now Berisha’s in the book too - and yet it’s a Victory free kick! A bit of a melee, and a few angry faces. Well, he’s certainly competitive, our Besart. 9.21pm AEST 85 min: I’d love to tell you more about the on-field action here, but it is turning into a bit of a limp affair. A bit of a pre-season feel at times - the crowd have only really roared to life on about two or three occasions. Well, excepting Berisha, whose now antagonised another former teammate. Solorzano and the BB-gun squaring and nosing up. Much ado about nothing, really. 9.18pm AEST 83 min: A bit of aggro between Berisha and Bowles. Good to see the former Adelaide fullback getting amongst it. 9.17pm AEST 80 min: a pause in play here as claret flows following a headclash between Milligan and Jackson. The Melbourne fans in the crowd are starting a bit of a Poznan here. That is a fair volume of red business flowing from the ol’ noggin region for Jackson. His night ends with a massive blood-soaked towel holding him together. Shame that, a decent showing from the young lad. On comes another Brisbane teenage debutant! 9.14pm AEST 78 min: and six minutes into his A-League career Yango’s been booked. It’s almost like Thijssen’s given him a free hand. Yango unchained, if you will. 9.12pm AEST 76 min: So Melbourne very much in control, especially with Finkler and Thompson lurking. Credit to the young Roar defenders they’ve proved more or less obdurate. They just need a spark in the front third though - very little threat in this second half. Perhaps tiring legs are seeing Petratos and Lustica dropping deeper, leaving their front three very much isolated. 9.10pm AEST 74 min: Polenz goes through the back of Ben Khalfallah. Trademark Polenz that - how many times did we see a tackle you could call ‘rugged’ or ‘agricultural’ from the former Wanderers player? Kevin Muscat blows up at the referee - prompting Ben Willliams to have words. Probably to the effect of ‘settle down big Kev, I’ve already gifted you this game’. 9.07pm AEST 72 min: nice moment here - Brisbane are bringing on another teenage debutant. Abrahim Yango, a Liberian-born lad, has come on at left wing. Increasing the A-League’s tally of Liberians by 100%. (Spot quiz, who’s the other?) 9.06pm AEST 70 min: And is Berisha in here? It’s bulged the back of the net! Nope - offside says the linesman. Correct decision there, and the Albanian is denied his second goal against his old club inside a week. 9.04pm AEST 69 min: Roar still probing here. Theodore and Solorzano combine down the left flank, but can’t find a way past Broxham. Both the Victory fullbacks have been excellent tonight - Brisbane have struggled to put them under too much pressure. 9.03pm AEST 68 min: and for no apparent reason the printer here at the Guardian den has starting making noises. That’s not at all creepy when I’m the only one in a massive open plan office. 9.01pm AEST 66 min: Victory win their tenth corner. Tenth? Wow. Finkler makes an immediate impact as he attempts to weave his way through. He’s been another standout this season. Don’t have the stats to hand, but I’m pretty certain he leads the league for assists. A few decent goals this year too. Amazing when you think he was out with a serious, almost career-ending, knee injury just a few years back. 8.59pm AEST 65 min: Muscat keen to kill this off - I bet Archie’s keen to add to his tally. He’s always so dangerous in these late game situations. 8.58pm AEST 62 min: and if there were any Victory fans getting nervy about a slender one-goal lead; there are signs of Archie Thompson AND Gui Finkler warming up to come on. Good golly. You probably deserve the Premiers’ plate if you can bring kids like this on off the bench. Barbarouses and Mahazi make way. 8.56pm AEST 60 min: a slight excitement ripples through the crowd as the Roar make headway down the righthand side. Polenz certainly brings a bit of forward momentum to the men in orange. 8.53pm AEST 57 min: corner here for the Victory. Barbarouses twisting and probing. But nothing comes of it. Daniel Bowles has moved to centre back here, with North presumably succumbing to a minor tweak, going off at half time, and so Polenz is given a run. 8.51pm AEST 54 min: the Roar for their part are still nipping round with some intent here. Trying to knock it left to right, right to left - using their width to try and pry open the Victory’s defence. Say what you like about a 4-2-3-1. When it works, it works. Very hard to break down a back four when there are two midfield screens in front. I wonder just what went wrong with Tony Popovic’s Wanderers this year then.. 8.49pm AEST 50 min: Melbourne not exactly sitting back, but they are putting the onus slightly more on Brisbane to make the forward running. Why not - one-nil lead, and they’re perhaps the most dangerous attacking team on the counter. Let’s see if they draw Thijssen’s tyros (mine’s better) into overcommitting. Meanwhile a bit of stick being thrown round for poor old Ben Williams: @rrjparkin The pressure to BE Ben Williams got to him in the end. For 44 minutes he was not to bad. Shame really The part of Ben Williams in the movie #BeingBenWilliams will be played by Ben Williams #BRIvMVC 8.43pm AEST 49 min: Melbourne working nicely here, short passes inside the box - Barbarouses almost finds Berisha, but the moment is lost. 8.41pm AEST 46 min: Pffft! And we’re back underway. No time to dwell on injustices past, it’s game on again. 8.40pm AEST Trawling the Interwebs to see peoples thoughts on that pen - there’s a fair bit of steam out there. Ned Zelic says no: Looks like a very poor decision from Williams to give a penalty. #BRIvMVC Come on Ben Williams. Really? #BRIvMVC 8.35pm AEST Oh dear, the replays aren’t kind for poor old Shiedsrichter Ben Williams. That’s a 0% penalty. 5% at most. In his defence he did ask his assistant first before whistling. What a shame that that’s the decisive action from the first half. 0-0 could have been a really juicy set up for the second half - the pressure rising on Melbourne Victory to win this; nothing to lose for the Roar youngsters. 8.29pm AEST Well as the commentators are apt to say - ‘would you believe that!’ The Victory outside one or two fierce drives from Ben Khalfallah really didn’t stretch a second-string Roar; in fact, even if it was against the run of play it was the Roar who found the woodwork twice. 8.25pm AEST 45 min: and in the very shadow of half time, the Victory take the lead! Replays indicate Valeri’s slipped there, almost nobody near him. Williams originally waves play on, then pauses to point to the spot! Oh, Ben Williams, no! 8.24pm AEST Ben Williams points to the spot - the crowd are booing, I’d have to see a replay but it doesn’t sound like it was. 8.23pm AEST 45 min: just the one minute of extra time. There’s not been too much spite out there. In fact it really has been quite a tame affair, outside the two tackles that got yellows. Wait on, wait on - just seconds from halftime and you won’t believe it.. 8.21pm AEST 44 min: Nick Ansell picks up a yellow for a late tackle on Lustica - nasty, that. Well this could be interesting - both centre backs on yellows - and here’s Lustica standing over another free kick.. No, no, no. Lofted tamely over. Not like his previous effort - that was a peach. 8.20pm AEST 42 min: Valeri clatters into one of the young Roar chargers - the former Socceroo, as he did midweek, is clearly looking to step things up a bit here. It’s amazing how experienced players just sense those little moments when their team needs to step up. 8.17pm AEST 40 min: another nervy moment between Jackson and Young at the back for the Roar; Broxham almost nips in between the centre half and ‘keeper. Hang on, isn’t that a pub in Melbourne? I hope there are a few down at Young and Jackson’s watching Young and Jackson make a hash of things. 8.15pm AEST 39 min: Petratos with a half chance - a nice snap shot flies just a metre or so above the cross bar. Delpierre giving the referee what for, apparently a hand in the buildup there. 8.14pm AEST 37 min: Victory not quite moving with their usual fluidity. We’ve seen this across the season - without Finkler in the No.10 role (attacking midfielder/playmaker) they do sometimes struggle to string the passes together. 8.12pm AEST 35 min: Brisbane playing with tremendous width here. With the wingers and fullbacks huggling the touchline when they go forward it’s really leaving Melbourne with acres of space on the transition. 8.11pm AEST 33 min: first sideline close up of a marginally pinker Kevin Muscat. He really is the chameleon of the A-League. If he changes colour too rapidly you know things aren’t going to plan. 8.09pm AEST 30 min: It’s not exactly scrappy, but it’s not champagne. A few glances of frustration between the Victory forwards as Barbarouses in particular fails to pick out his fellow tormentors. A little lacklustre from the side chasing the Premiers’ plate. 8.07pm AEST 28 min: I’m scratching my head to remember if Solorzano had this much hair four nights ago.. Has he had implants? Quick-grow afro? He’s certainly cutting a bold figure leading the Brisbane line. 8.05pm AEST 26 min: with a momentary lull in the game, a deflected cross from Solorzano has deflected onto the post! Not just the Roar boasting young, inexperienced players out there - some nervous moments for Thomas in goals. 8.02pm AEST 25 min: yellow card here for Lustica. He hacks down Ben Khalfallah - gee he’s really been lively so far; best on pitch. Andy Harper in commentary is calling that a ‘really nasty’ challenge; ‘halfway between a yellow and red card’. Time for orange cards in the A-League? Discuss. 8.00pm AEST 23 min: first real noise from the home crowd - they’ve been a little quiet perhaps expecting a few bigger names on show. Some impressive work from young Theodore though and suddenly they’re coming alive. 7.58pm AEST 21 min: and... Young tips round the post! This is suddenly looking a bit end-to-end. And that man again, Ben Khalfallah with a strong driven shot from just outside the 18 yard box. Roar’s keeper equal to the task. 7.57pm AEST 19 min: apologies, Thomas in goals that is, Coe out injured. The young Roar are pressing quite well here, nipping at the heels of the Victory players. A bit of confidence coming in, perhaps? 7.55pm AEST 17 min: oohh.. off the crossbar! Out of nowhere a free kick just outside the box is curled round an outstretched Nathan Coe, and like that the Roar almost with a hugely improbable lead! Brilliant effort from Lustica. 7.53pm AEST 15 min: great work from Ben Khalfallah to weave a way through a tight defence. The cross from Barbarouses doesn’t find Berisha though. So it’s not quite ‘wave after wave’ but there is certainly a trend that all the attacks are heading in one direction. Petratos and Lustica need to get to grips with Melbourne’s midfield generals, otherwise Milligan and Valeri will just start dictating here. 7.51pm AEST 13 min: Besart Berisha with his first half look at goal, but North blocks the shot. You just know if there’s anything going tonight, the Albanian will look to be amongst it. Some of the crowd gave him ‘Who are ya?’ on Wednesday night when he missed a half-chance. About seven minutes later he scored. Yeah, that’s who I am. I’m Besart flippin’ Berisha you fools. 7.49pm AEST 12 min: both sides just stroking it around. It’s a subdued atmosphere inside the stadium in Brisbane. Adam Sarota has been knocking some nice balls - he plays a really crucial role tonight, filling in for Luke Brattan in that crucial No.6 role at the base of the Roar’s three-man midfield. 7.47pm AEST 10 min: one positive is that the pitch looks marginally less terrible than it did on Wednesday night. Let’s see how it holds up. Devotees will remember this pitch from the Asian Cup.. I was sharpening my knives for it had the Socceroos not got through some tough fixtures there.. 7.45pm AEST 9 min: an errant pass by young Jackson and Ben Khalfallah is in for a clear shot. Bowles covers to pressure and the shot goes wide. Okay, there are some nerves out here for the Roar. 7.44pm AEST 7 min: Melbourne move forward again - no real zip in the game yet; yes they’ve had a few looks, but it’s not all one way traffic. A bit of space between the Brisbane lines, they’ll have to tighten up if they don’t want the Victory forwards to cut them to ribbons. 7.42pm AEST 5 min: corner for the Victory - Broxham works it short but it only leads to another corner. Debutant centre half Jackson clears that for another corner - before Ben Khalfallah threatens on the edge of the box. Brisbane look to break and Delpierre goes in the book for a professional foul. 7.40pm AEST 3 min: four debutants in this Roar side - some very proud parents out there no doubt, as they should be. Let’s see how they get to grips with the Victory. Fahid Ben Khalfallah gets his first look at goal - what a curling, screaming effort that was! He’s been absolutely class all season, and that’s Jamie Young’s first scare in goals. 7.38pm AEST 1 min: and we’re underway here. Victory settle into some early possession as the Roar’s young chargers stretch their legs. 7.30pm AEST Still, some experienced heads in that Roar XI. North, Lustica, Sarota and Solorzano are all quality players - let’s hope some of these Roar kids around them step up and etch their names in history. Kick off just around the corner - put the kettle on now, and fetch your slippers. 7.26pm AEST At first glance I’m as shocked as you are - many questions there.. (among them - since when has Vince Rugari been verified on twitter?) Horror show. Totally random. Why rotate now? #BRIvMVC https://t.co/Z9uFbUWnS7 7.20pm AEST What’s missing from this picture you ask? No Stef, no Brown, no Andrija, no Donachie, no Clut, no McKay, No Brattan, no Hingert, no Broich. Offended I wasn't asked to play. 7.15pm AEST G’day g’day. Hope this finds you well, wherever you are. Just settling into my chair in the dank bunker that is the Guardian office and already there’s some big news coming out of Brisbane, and it’s not made too many people too happy. Rather than tell you straight up what this is, let’s first see the team line ups: Here's #MVFC starting XI for #BRIvMVC tonight 7.30pm AEST. @rashidmahazi in for Jason Geria, @Guifinkler on bench pic.twitter.com/zrUZCDyX8T ROAR XI v @gomvfc | Young (gk). Lambadaris, North, Jackson, Bowles. Sarota, Lustica, Petratos. Theodore, Solorzano, Brady. #GoRoar 7.12pm AEST Has there ever been an A-League Premiers plate race like this? Memory tells me no, but a quick look at the record books says you’d have to go back to the earlier seasons for a cliffhanger finish – season five in 09/10 where Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC went right down to the wire. Lo and behold it’s those two sides right in the mix again this year – but surely its the Victory in the box seat to reverse that disappointment. 7.06pm AEST Richard will be your eyes and ears tonight as he brings you all the latest from Brisbane; he’ll be along shortly but in the meantime have a read of Paul Connolly’s thoughts on tonight’s match: If Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane on Saturday night at Suncorp they will almost certainly be A-League premiers for the first time since 2008-09. If Victory lose, however (and given the ebb and flow of the run-in you can’t discount it for all Victory’s class), and Sydney FC, Adelaide and Wellington win, well, the race for the Premier’s Plate will come down to the final round and it could still be a four horse race . Continue reading...

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