BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, November 21, 2011
Wellington Phoenix changed their home stadium for Saturday's A-League game against Adelaide United to Auckland's famed Eden Park but they were only able to play to a disappointing draw.
American forward Alex Smith started for Wellington and played the first 60 minutes.
Adelaide United scored first in the 43rd minute when American born Australian international Bruce Djite got behind the Wellington defense and softly chipped the ball past Wellington keeper Tony Warner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Wellington equalized in the 83rd minute when Paul Ifill, who replaced Smith, sent in a cross from the right side. Adelaide defender Nigel Boogaard attempted to clear it but accidentally headed it into his own goal to even the score at 1-1.
With the draw, Wellington remains in ninth place in the ten team league with just six points through seven games.
Wellington stays at home next weekend when they host third place Sydney.