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Melbourne Victory clinch 1st place in A-League as playoff lineups decided

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SYDNEY — Adelaide United will play Brisbane and Wellington will host Melbourne City in next weekend's first round of playoff matches in Australian football's A-League.

Adelaide's 4-1 win over City on Saturday sealed third place while Wellington entered the final round of the regular season with a chance of second place but finished fourth after a 2-1 home loss to Sydney FC.

City finished fifth and defending champion Brisbane beat Newcastle 2-1 to claim the sixth and the last playoff spot, 11 points clear of seventh-placed Central Coast.

The Melbourne Victory beat Central Coast 3-1 in the last match of the regular season Sunday to clinch first place and the Premier's Plate.

They finished three points ahead of Sydney FC to claim the Plate for the first time since 2009 and for a league-record third time.

Daniel Georgievski put the Victory ahead in the 32nd minute and veteran Archie Thompson scored his 10th goal of the season two minutes later to give Melbourne a 2-0 lead.

Central Coast pulled a goal back through Eddy Bosnar before Albania striker Besart Berisha clinched the match with the Victory's third goal in first half stoppage time.

Sydney FC finished second and will join the Victory in sitting out the first round of playoff games before hosting knockout matches on the following weekend.

Perth Glory finished their season with a 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, third-placed on the table but excluded from the playoffs as a punishment for salary cap infringements.

Coach Kenny Lowe said the season, in which Perth amassed a club-record 50 championship points, was both superb and frustrating.

"You need to treat crisis and triumph exactly the same," Lowe said. "I'm fairly laid back. I can't control what has gone on, so I'm not interested.

"I just have a job to do, and that is to win as many games as we can when we cross the white line."

Adelaide head into the playoffs in confident mood after their convincing win over Melbourne City. Spanish imports Miguel Palanca and Pablo Sanchez scored within four minutes of each other for a 2-0 lead and Tarek Elrich made it 3-0 after 33 minutes.

Cameron Watson's 59th-minute penalty increased the lead to 4-0 and was his first A-League goal in 105 matches.

First-half goals to Bernie Ibini and New Zealand striker Shane Smelz clinched Sydney FC's 2-1 win over Wellington and its eight-straight away win. Michael Boxall scored for Wellington in the 46th minute but the home team was unable to bridge the gap, allowing Sydney to finish in second place.

No team in A-League history has won the tournament after entering the playoffs further back than second.

Young defender Lachlan Jackson, in just his third A-League game, scored four minutes from fulltime to seal Brisbane's win over Newcastle.

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