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AGENCIES

■SOCCER

Antlers maintain win streak

Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers on Wednesday earned the honor of being the only team to win all six of their AFC Champions League group games, while Beijing Guoan booked a berth in the round-of-16. Kashima beat South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors 2-1, with their dominant run securing them top spot in Group F and home advantage in the one-leg knockout stage against defending champions the Pohang Steelers. It condemned Jeonbuk to a trip to Australia to play Adelaide United for a place in the quarter-finals. In the group’s other match, Indonesia’s Persipura Jayapura bagged their first points of the tournament when they beat a lackluster Changchun Yatai of China 2-0, with goals from Eduard Ivakdalam and Yustinus Paew. South Korean outfit Seongnam Ilhwa had already secured home advantage for the round-of-16 before they kicked a ball, but refused to relax, grinding out a 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory. Chinese Super League champions Beijing Guoan grabbed the east zone’s eighth and final spot in the knockout round with a 2-0 win against Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale. In the west, Saudi giants Al Ittihad, the two-time champions, were defeated 1-0 by Zobahan of Iran who finished top of Group B, with Uzbek side Bunyodkor taking the runners-up spot with a 4-1 win over Al Wahda of the United Arab Emirates. In Group A, Nasser Kamil’s last-minute goal earned Qatari champions Al Gharafa a 1-0 win at Al Ahli in Jeddah to claim top spot, with Tehran giants Esteghlal finishing as the group runners-up after going down 2-1 to Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi.

■SOCCER

S Africa defeat Jamaica

World Cup hosts South Africa got back on the winning trail by defeating non-qualifers Jamaica 2-0 in a friendly at Kickers Offenbach Stadium in Offenbach am Main, Germany, on Wednesday. Veteran striker Surprise Moriri punished sloppy defending off a cross to drive a low shot into the corner of the net on 51 minutes and set up Bafana Bafana for their first success in four international outings. Siyabonga Nomvete added a second five mintues from time as he ran on to a pass from fellow substitute Andile Jali and slammed the ball wide of goalkeeper Dwayne Kerr and into the net. Jamaica, last-minute replacements for China, faded after failing to convert a few first-half chances in a game between teams relying almost exclusively on home-based players.

■SOCCER

Pachuca claim title

Pachuca won the CONCACAF Champions League final in dramatic style on Wednesday, with Edgar Benitez’s goal in the third minute of stoppage-time securing victory over rival Mexican club Cruz Azul. The 1-0 result leveled the tie at 2-2 on aggregate, with Pachuca winning on the away-goals rule. Cruz Azul had won the first leg 2-1 in Mexico City. Benitez scored on a bouncing shot that got past Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona.

■OLYMPICS

China stripped of medal

China have been stripped of their women’s gymnastics team bronze medal from the Sydney 2000 Olympics after one of the athletes falsified her age, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. An International Gymnastics Federation probe had found in February that Dong Fangxiao was younger than the minimum age requirement of 16 after registering different ages at Sydney and the Beijing Games eight years later. The US, fourth-place finishers in Sydney, are now upgraded to third place and will be awarded the bronze medal.

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