Campbell gets another gold in Singapore

World champion Cate Campbell has added another gold at the World Cup shortcourse two-day meet in Singapore, completing the sprint double with a win in the women’s 100m freestyle.

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The 21-year-old notched a time of 51.67, half a second faster than the rest of the field, to beat out Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem on Wednesday and add to her 50m freestyle gold from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who took gold in the 400m individual medley on the opening day, finished second to South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in the 200m freestyle.

Gold Coast-based Fraser-Holmes took a big lead halfway through the race, but a thrilling finish from Le Clos gave him the win by 18-hundredths of a second.

Fraser-Holmes finished second to Le Clos again in the 200m individual medley, rounding out the four strokes in 1:54.60 behind the South African’s 1:53.36.

Another opening day gold medallist, Robert Hurley, followed up his 400m freestyle win on Tuesday with a silver in the 50m backstroke, clocking a time of 23.26.

Emily Seebohm also picked up a silver, her fourth medal of the meet, finishing second to Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the women’s 100m backstroke.

The silver lining continued with Mitch Larkin finishing second in the 200m backstroke, and Alicia Coutts second in the 100m individual medley.

In the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay, the Australia A team of Regan Leong, Travis Mahoney, Brittany Elmslie and Emma McKeon won silver behind Brazil, while the Australia B team of Mitch Larkin, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Chelsea Gillett and Madison Wilson won bronze.

The World Cup series now moves to Tokyo.


NZ end Bangladesh tour with Twenty20 win

Colin Munro and Anton Devcich have hit half-centuries and Tim Southee has grabbed three wickets as New Zealand ended their Bangladesh tour with a 15-run victory in the Twenty20 match in Dhaka.

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Munro remained unbeaten on 73 off 39 balls after debutant Devcich smashed 59 off 31 balls to lift the Black Caps to 204-5, their second-highest total in Twenty20 cricket behind the 214-6 against Australia in 2010.

The tourists, beaten in all three one-day internationals after a drawn two-Test series, restricted Bangladesh to 189-9 in front of some 35,000 disappointed home fans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Set a target of more than 10 runs an over, Bangladesh made a shaky start when they lost three wickets in the first two overs for 19 runs.

Southee, who finished with three for 38, dismissed both openers Shamsur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman in the first over before Mitchell McClenaghan removed Mominul Haque in the second.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain retrieved the situation, but their dismissals in successive overs sent Bangladesh reeling.

Mushfiqur fell to Corey Anderson after making 50 off 29 balls, his maiden Twenty20 half-century, while Nathan McCullum took a brilliant return catch in the next over to dismiss Nasir for 28 off 20 balls.

Munro, a 26-year old left-hander, hit three fours and five sixes for the Black Caps, as he built on the 10 boundaries and a six hit by Devcich.

“I think in the first innings we batted very well,” said Kyle Mills, who led the tourists in the absence of the injured Brendon McCullum.

“Our opening with Devcich really took the game by the scruff of the neck, and then Ross Taylor (28) and Munro crafted beautiful innings.

“If you put a decent total on the board like 200, you’re reasonably confident at the half-way mark.”

Bangladesh were left to rue shoddy catching after debutant Al-Amin Hossain dropped Devcich, who was then on six, in Mashrafe Mortaza’s first over.

“We lost the match because we could not bowl according to our plans, especially in the powerplay overs,” said Mushfiqur.

“We gave 20 extra runs and that cost us the game. If we could have restricted them to 180-185 runs it could have been a different ball game.”

Al-Amin made amends by grabbing two wickets in the final over to finish with 2-31 in his four overs.

New Zealand now travel to Sri Lanka for three one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals starting on November 10.


Higuain brace helps Napoli to 3-2 Marseille win

Florian Thauvin had levelled for the visitors on 64 minutes after two brilliantly-taken goals from Napoli’s Gokhan Inler and Higuain in as many first-half minutes had cancelled out Andre Ayew’s headed opener for the French side.

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The win moved Rafael Benitez’s side into second place in the group on nine points, level with leaders Arsenal who won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund. Marseille’s fourth straight defeat means they are strong favourites to finish bottom of the group.

“We knew this would be a difficult match before we played it. It’s a very important win because it’s an extremely difficult group,” said the match-winner Higuain, who has now scored eight goals in all competitions since signing from Real Madrid in the close-season.

The win could prove crucial for Napoli as they now travel to Dortmund for their next match in three weeks with a three-point cushion over the Germans, having beaten them 2-1 in their opening match, and only need a draw to qualify for the knock-out stages.

“Winning this match and arriving on nine points in the Champions League is positive and as a coach I have to be satisfied,” said Benitez.

“Could we have done better? Yes. But after we conceded the equaliser I really liked the reaction of the team.”

Ayew’s 10th-minute goal came as Marseille surprised nervy Napoli with swift, confident passing.

Napoli were deadly in front of goal, and equalised 12 minutes later after Federico Fernandez’s header was saved by Steve Mandanda and Swiss international Inler pounced on a poor clearance to bring down the ball with his chest and score with a looping shot.

With Marseille reeling Higuain quickly put the hosts into the lead two minutes later with a superb volleyed finish, racing onto Goran Pandev’s deflected knockdown to shoot low and hard past Mandanda.

Thauvin silenced the Napoli fans when he nipped behind a dozing Pablo Amero to substitute Dimitri Payet’s cross and volleyed past a livid Pepe Reina.

Thauvin silenced the Napoli fans when he nipped past a dozing Pablo Amero to collect substitute Dimitri Payet’s cross and volleyed past goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Eleven minutes later, Dries Mertens sprang Marseille’s offside trap and crossed low to Higuain, who made no mistake from close range and sealed a huge victory for Napoli.

(Reporting by Terry Daley; Editing by Clare Fallon and Toby Davis)


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Spending scrutiny a witch hunt: Palmer

Federal MP Clive Palmer says he won’t appear before a parliamentary committee over his election spending if it’s a political witch hunt.

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Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says Mr Palmer has proved you can buy a seat in parliament and that a new parliamentary committee on electoral matters will want to question him on how much personal wealth he spent on the election campaign.

But Mr Palmer says he spent far less than the Liberal and Labor parties, and where the money comes from is irrelevant.

“You can spend a lot of money but if your ideas are not ones the public wants, you won’t get any votes,” he told AAP.

“If we spent much less than both of the major parties, why are they looking at our party? This is not about money, it’s a political witch hunt.”

Asked if he would appear before the committee, Mr Palmer said: “I may or may not.”

Mr Palmer, who last week won the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax, said his party spent between $10 million and $12 million during the campaign.

He couldn’t say how much of that was his own money but said his Palmer United Party would disclose its campaign spending by about the end of the year.

Mr Palmer said the Murdoch press had given his party no choice but to fund advertising campaigns so it could be heard.

“I didn’t invest as much as Rupert Murdoch has to get Tony Abbott elected,” he said.

“We have a situation where no media was available for ideas other than Tony Abbott’s, and no coverage was available other than for the two parties.”

He suggested the parliamentary probe could have consequences in the Senate if it was an exercise in persecution.

“It could be a situation that if people are trying to persecute people for their political beliefs, I’m sure our senators won’t allow that to happen.”

Senator Xenophon said scrutiny of Mr Palmer’s personal spending was justified.

“I’ve got concerns. We need to have a national conversation about reasonable spending,” he told The Courier-Mail.

“Like the Beatles say, money can’t buy you love but Clive Palmer proves it can buy you a seat,” he told the paper.

There are no caps on how much personal wealth individuals can spend on election campaigns, but the spending must be disclosed.


What do the independents want?

The three country independents that hold the key to forming a new government have their own list of issues.

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Take a look.

Rob Oakeshott: (MP for Lyne)

· Reviving an emissions trading scheme by going back to the Garnaut report.

· Improve services for rural and regional areas, especially health.

· Ensuring better telecommunications and broadband for the bush.

· Getting a ‘fair go’ for rural and regional Australia

Tony Windsor: (MP for New England)

Mr Windsor is campaigning for a better deal for the bush. He submitted to Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott his bid for regional development:

· Regional affairs to be brought more directly under prime ministerial control.

· A full review of the Henry tax reform proposals – including the mining tax.

· Supports a parliamentary committee on climate change and wants Professor Ross Garnaut to update his report.

Bob Katter: (MP for Kennedy)

Mr Katter released a 20-point wish list to both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. The main points include:

· No Carbon tax, No emissions trading scheme, No mining tax.

· Rural hospitals under the control of a local hospital board.

· Reducing the market concentration of the Coles and Woolworths supermarket duopoly.

· The creation of a national energy grid and the development of more clean fuel (i.e. ethanol)

· Provision of title deeds providing ownership of homes, businesses and farms to indigenous communities.

(Julia Gillard has rejected Mr Katter’s call to raise trade tariffs)


Clashes at Tehran anti-US rally

Thousands of Iranians have staged a noisy anti-US rally in Tehran to mark the 30th anniversary of the storming of the American embassy by students, as police and opposition supporters clashed nearby.

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US President Barack Obama meanwhile said in a statement marking the anniversary of the event that sparked decades of hostility between America and Iran that the Islamic republic “must choose” whether to open the door to opportunity and prosperity.

Huge crowds from early morning descended on the embassy complex in central Tehran, chanting slogans such as “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

They also smashed up posters of the American “Uncle Sam” symbol and chanted “The blood in our veins is a gift to our leader” — a reference to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The crowd was constantly being swelled by people arriving on foot and by bus, witnesses said.

About a kilometre (mile) away at Haft-e-Tir square in the heart of the capital, riot police armed with batons and firing teargas moved in as several hundred opposition supporters attempted to stage an anti-government protest.

Witnesses said the protesters, who were chanting “Death to the dictator,” refused to disperse and dozens were beaten arrested.

Opposition supporters have since June been staging protests at every opportunity in Tehran against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a presidential vote they claim was massively rigged.

Wednesday’s anniversary, which has turned into a cornerstone of the Islamic regime, event marks the capture by radical Islamist students of the US embassy compound on November 4, 1979 — just months after the Islamic revolution toppled the US-backed shah.

The students, who took 52 American diplomats hostage and held them for 444 days, said they were responding to Washington’s refusal to hand over the deposed shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Obama in his statement urged Iran to look to the future rather than the past.

“We have heard for 30 years what the Iranian government is against; the question, now, is what kind of future it is for,” he said.

“It is time for the Iranian government to decide whether it wants to focus on the past, or whether it will make the choices that will open the door to greater opportunity, prosperity and justice for its people.”

Leading Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri said meanwhile the capture of the US embassy was a mistake.

“The occupation of the American embassy at the start had the support of Iranian revolutionaries and the late Imam Khomeini and I supported it too,” he said.

“But considering the negative repercussions and the high sensitivity which was created among the American people and which still exists, it was not the right thing to do,” Montazeri said in a statement posted on his website.

The anniversary comes at a time when Washington is backing a sensitive nuclear fuel deal for Tehran brokered by the UN atomic watchdog.

US-Iranian relations deteriorated even further during the tenure of former US president George W. Bush, who lumped Iran into an “axis of evil” along with North Korea and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

During his first term as president, Ahmadinejad stepped up Tehran’s anti-US tirade.

And although Washington has made diplomatic overtures towards Tehran under Bush successor Barack Obama, Khamenei said Iran still distrusts the United States.

“Every time they have a smile on their face, they are hiding a dagger behind their back,” he said on Tuesday.

“They are telling us to negotiate, but alongside the negotiation there is a threat… We do not want any negotiation, the result of which is pre-determined by the United States,” he said.

World powers suspect Iran is enriching uranium to make atomic weapons — a charge denied by Tehran — and want its stock of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to be taken out of the country.

In return, world powers would offer Tehran 20 percent enriched uranium as fuel for an internationally supervised nuclear reactor in the capital.


Polanski arrested on child sex charges

The controversial Polish-French director, 76, was arrested as he arrived to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival.

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US authorities have been pursuing the director of Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist for many years. The Swiss Justice Ministry said it was now waiting for a US extradition request.

Polanski fled the United States in 1978 before sentencing on a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

He admitted the charge at the time and has never returned, even missing the Oscar award for The Pianist in 2003.

A Swiss justice ministry spokesman said Polanski was being held under a 2005 international alert issued by the US government, related to a 1978 arrest warrant in the underage sex case.

Extradition plans unclear

Polanski is being held at Zurich airport, the Swiss ATS news agency said though no official confirmation could be obtained.

A Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman said a final extradition decision could only be taken after the judicial process has been “finalised” and that appeals were possible against the arrest warrant as well as any extradition decision.

Justice Minister Eveline Wildmer-Schlumpf said her country had to act on the US request and there was no political “pressure” involved. There was “no other solution” but to arrest Polanski, the minister said.

Los Angeles prosecutors instigated the arrest last week after learning that Polanski planned to attend the film festival and an official request was made to Switzerland, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Two previous attempts to detain Polanski in countries which have extradition agreements with the United States failed because “he apparently found out about it and didn’t go,” spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told the paper.

The Polish and French foreign ministers Radoslaw Sikorski and Bernard Kouchner agreed in telephone talks to make a joint approach to US authorities, Poland’s PAP news agency reported, including for a possible pardon from President Barack Obama.

Petition by filmmakers, stars

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand condemned the arrest of the film-maker, who lives in Paris, and said he had discussed the matter with President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mitterrand told a press briefing that the arrest was “absolutely horrifying” and the case was “an old story which doesn’t really make any sense.”

“We know the conditions that this happened in, and while there is a generous America that we like, there is also a side of America which scares and that side has just showed us its face,” he told reporters.

A petition signed by film-makers and actors including Costa Gavras, Wong Kar Wai, Monica Bellucci and Fanny Ardant voiced dismay at Polanski’s detention.

“It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him,” the petition said.

In May, a Los Angeles judge refused Polanski’s bid to dismiss the underage sex case after he failed to appear in court.

Polanski’s legal team argued that the conviction should be annulled because the judge who heard the 1970s case had improperly colluded with prosecutors. The judge has since died.

‘Misconduct’ claims against judge

Judge Peter Espinoza said this year that while he believed there had been “substantial misconduct”, Polanski’s attempts to dismiss charges would not be heard as long as he remained a fugitive.

The woman named as the victim in the 1977 case has joined defence lawyers in urging the dismissal of the case.

Samantha Geimer, now a 45-year-old mother of three, said that Polanski asked her mother if he could photograph her for a fashion magazine at the Hollywood Hills home of Jack Nicholson in March 1977.

She said that after plying the youngster with champagne and drugs and taking nude pictures of her in a hot tub, Polanski had sex with the teen despite her resistance and requests to be taken home.

Born in France of Polish parents, Polanski was raised in Poland and narrowly came through the Holocaust. His mother died in a concentration camp.

He hit the headlines in 1969 when his second wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s cult gang in Los Angeles. Polanski was out of the country at the time.


Shocking Melbourne Cup win

Shocking has won the $5.

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5 million Melbourne Cup ahead of Crime Scene and Mourilyan in the nation’s biggest race, giving lucky punters a return of $10 to each dollar they placed on his winning run.

Owned by former Cairns resident Laurence Eales, the four-year-old was trained by Mark Kavanagh and ridden by Corey Brown.

He was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s pick for winner of the nation-stopping race.

For jockey Corey Brown, the win made up for the heartache of his narrow defeat on Bauer 12 months ago.

Internationals take second and third

Shocking and international raider Crime Scene pulled away from the pack in the straight and had the race between them before the four-year-old got the better of the Godolphin galloper.

Another international, Mourilyan, ran on late for third.

Brown had been booked to ride Vigor in the Cup but picked up the mount on Shocking when Vigor didn’t make the final field.

Sydney-based Brown said winning the Cup was a dream come true after seconds aboard Bauer, who was beaten by a nose by Viewed in a photo finish last year, and by Mr Prudent in 2002.

“Last year was very disappointing but I’ve got it,” Brown said.

“I’ve finally won the Melbourne Cup.

“My dream has come true, I can’t describe it, it’s unbelievable.

“Great job Mark Kavanagh and the horse, he travelled three deep with no cover, I know he had the light weight but he toughed it out so well.”

Melbourne punters going all out

Punters were not holding back with their bets on a blustery day at Flemington, with $11.6 million at stake by 10.30am (AEDT) by Victorians for the big race – ahead of the same time last year.

Gary Davies at TAB SportsBet were expecting a total exceeding $130 million across Victoria and NSW by the time the race started.

“The biggest bet we’ve had for the Cup today at fixed odds was $100,000 on Alcopop – so that punter stands to win $500,000,” Mr Davies told AAP.

Alcopop firmed into second favourite from $6.00 to $5.50 behind the Bart Cummings-trained Viewed.

But punters jumped on to another Cummings horse ahead of Shocking’s shocking win, rallying behind Roman Emperor.

The 8-1 Roman Emperor had more money put on him than Viewed.

Betting slow at Randwick

NSW bookmaker Colin Tidy said there was some early support for Allez Wonder, the outsider of master trainer Bart Cummings’ trio of runners at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.

“They’ve mostly been betting around the favourites and generally the smaller punters don’t start betting early on the Cup, they’ll wait until just before the race,” Tidy said.

“Overall, it’s a lot quieter here than previous years but we had a professional punter put a good bet on Allez Wonder at $31.”

Cummings was represented by Viewed, the early favourite on the NSW totalisator, and AJC Derby winner Roman Emperor who is second pick ahead of Alcopop.

As revellers in Victoria arrived decked out in designer glory, New South Welsh fans celebrating the nation’s big race were warned not to get carried away with Cup-day barbecues, as a fire warning was put in place.

How they fared in full:

1. Shocking

2. Crime Scene

3. Mourilyan

4. Master O’Reilly

5. Harris Tweed

6. Alcopop

7. Viewed

8. C’est La Guerre

9. Kibbutz

10. Newport

11. Daffodil

12. Munsef

13. Gallions Reach

14. Leica Ding

15. Ista Kareem

16. Allez Wonder

17. Capecover

18. Basaltico

19. Zavite

20. Spin Around

21. Roman Emperor

22. Fiumicino

23 and last Warringah

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Key moments – ‘Help me, please!’

He was not the first to be killed as he tried to flee East Berlin, but Peter Fechter’s death – in full view of horrified and helpless passers-by – crystallised Western opinions about the Berlin Wall.

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Fechter, an 18-year-old apprentice bricklayer, made a spur-of-the-moment decision to jump the wall, days after discovering a yet-to-be-boarded up window in a carpentry workshop overlooking the border.

One lunchtime, he and a colleague, Helmut Kulbiek, returned to the workshop and fled through the window, in their stockinged feet.

But as the pair made their way across ‘no-man’s land’, they were spotted by guards in the surrounding watchtowers, and a volley of shots rang out as they reached the bottom of the wall at the western edge of the border.

Kulbeik managed to clamber up and over the six-foot-high barrier to safety, despite the hail of bullets, but Fechter was hit.

No help from East or West

Seriously wounded, he fell back into the so-called ‘Death Strip’ where, bleeding profusely, he called out for help.

The sound of gunfire had attracted the attention of dozens of passers-by, who pleaded with authorities on the western side of the wall to go to his aid.

But terrified that any incursion into East Berlin would provoke an angry reaction from Soviet authorities, Western police did nothing more than throw bandages to the gravely injured Fechter.

When one man begged US soldiers and military police from the nearby Checkpoint Charlie to act, he was reportedly told “It is not our problem”.

Angry Westerners began yelling at Eastern guards, begging them to do something to help him, and accusing them of murder when they did nothing.

Gradually, Fechter’s cries for help faded, as he bled to death in front of the appalled crowd.

Finally, almost an hour after he was shot, a group of guards emerged into no-man’s land and carried the builder’s body away.

‘Forgotten by no-one’

Fechter was buried in East Berlin, beneath a gravestone declaring him to be ‘forgotten by no-one’.

He remains a tragic symbol of the lengths many East Germans were willing to go to, the risks they were willing to take, to try and make it to the West.

Fechter’s death also led to a change in policy for Soviet authorities.

In future, they ruled, “injured parties should be removed from the immediate border area quickly, to avoid furnishing opponents with any opportunity to cause trouble”.

A memorial to Peter Fechter now stands at the spot where he was killed.

In 1997, two former East German guards were charged with manslaughter over Fechter’s death, 35 years on.

The pair admitted shooting him, and were sentenced to 20 and 21 months probation. It has never been proven who fired the fatal shot.


Adelaide United claim home tie

Adelaide United and Suwon Bluewings both earned crucial home advantage for the knockout round of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday as the group phase wound down.

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The Reds clung on to a home tie for their round of 16 match next month despite losing their final group game to China’s Shandong Luneng 1-0.

They stayed top of their group after South Korea’s Pohang Steelers, the defending champions, went down 4-3 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan at the same time.

Adelaide, who reached the 2008 final, dominated but fell to a spectacular goal from Li Wei.

Shandong launched a blistering counter-attack from inside their own half and Li turned defender Robert Cornthwaite in the box and unleashed a fierce left-foot volley in the 53rd minute.

It means Adelaide now play the runner-up of Group F — either reigning J-League champions Kashima Antlers or K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors, who meet Wednesday.

Pohang, as runner-up, will face the group winner after they lost to Sanfrecce, with 19-year-old rookie Junya Osaki giving the Japanese team a flying start with a strike in the first minute.

Pohang drew level soon after through a Kim Jae-Sung header before Lee Tadanari put the home side 2-1 up in the 29th minute and Shinichiro Kuwada made it 3-1 just before the break.

Pohang’s Kim Jae-Sung pulled one back before Shin Hyung-Min hit a sizzling equalizer to set up an exciting finale.

Sanfrecce, who had no chance of qualifying, kept pushing and Tomoaki Makino bagged the decider with nine minutes left.

Suwon also ensured a home tie with a 6-2 drubbing of Singapore Armed Forces, with five of their goals coming in the first half.

Jose Roberto Mota and Yeom Ki-Hun scored braces with Lee Hyun-Jin and Kwak Hee-Joo also getting on the scoresheet.

They took top spot in Group G after Japan’s Gamba Osaka drew 1-1 with China’s Henan Jianye.

Takashi Usami gave Gamba the lead on 38 minutes and they looked good for three points, but relaxed as the clock ticked down and Song Tae-Lim sneaked a last gasp equaliser.

Suwon’s victory set up a meeting with Beijing Guoan at home for a place in the quarter-finals while Gamba must travel to Korea to play Seongnam Ilhwa.

Up to this stage 10 teams have booked their place in the knockout rounds.

These were joined by five-time Saudi champions Al Shabab, who beat eight-time Uzbek champions Pakhtakor 2-1 later Tuesday.

Pakhtakor had led Group C with nine points, two ahead of Al Shabab, while Iran Pro League leaders Sepahan were second with eight points.

Al Shabab had to win to qualify as a draw would at best have brought them level with Sepahan, who had a better head-to-head record.

Sherzod Karimov put the visitors into a 33rd minute lead but Tarik El Taib had Al Shabab level on 67 minutes with Flavio bagging the winner two minutes from time.

UAE’s Al Ain hosted Sepahan, with a win ensuring they stay in the competition and they duly did just that with Jose Sand producing a double in either half to see off the Iranians 2-0.

Meanwhile in Group D Al Sadd were denied a place in the last 16 as Ali Abbas’ stoppage-time strike secured a 2-2 draw for Al Ahli at Sheik Jassim bin Hamed Stadium.

Brazilian Bare had put Al Ahli ahead in the 13th minute but the hosts responded quickly with Ali Afif levelling two minutes later and then Talal Al Bloushi putting the Qataris ahead in the 20th minute.

They looked to have done enough to secure the three points they needed to leapfrog Iranians Mes Kerman into second place but Abbas pounced on a defensive error to equalise in stoppage time.

The draw means Al Sadd finish one point behind Mes, who beat Saudis Al Hilal 3-1 in the group’s other game.