New Zealand captain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Tim Brown, has announced his sudden retirement from the game despite still being a regular for both club and country.
There were differing fortunes for the frontrunners in Asia as Australia's Central Coast Mariners were held and Qatar's Lekhwiya suffered a fourth defeat, while Brisbane Roar and Al Ain of UAE both claimed wins.
FIFA.com’s weekly review of league action across Asia and Oceania looks at storybook endings looming in Japan and Korea Republic, a slice of history created in Australia and mixed fortunes for Japan 2011 participants.
Brisbane Roar continued their unbeaten record but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Wellington Phoenix, who equalised through Tim Brown after Besart Berisha had opened the scoring.
Shane Smeltz scored twice to give Perth Glory a 2-1 victory at Melbourne Heart, while Wellington Phoenix had two players sent off but still beat Newcastle Jets 2-0.
Former Manchester City striker Chris Greenacre has re-signed for Wellington Phoenix until the end of Australia's 2011/12 A-League season, the club said on Thursday.