Manchester United beats Wolfsburg 3-1 to top group

BY foxsports • December 8, 2009

Michael Owen scored a hat trick Wednesday to give injury-depleted Manchester United a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg and top spot in Group B of the Champions League.

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Owen scored in the 44th, 83rd and 90th minutes to help Man United top the group with 13 points.

Edin Dzeko drew Wolfsburg level at 1-1 in the 56th, but the German club was eliminated after CSKA Moscow's 2-1 win at Besiktas.

CSKA was second in the group with 10 points, three more than Wolfsburg and six in front of Besiktas.

Owen used United's first real opportunity to put his team ahead. Nano crossed from the left, and Owen was left unmarked for an easy header.

Edin Dzeko also scored with a header off a perfect cross from Marcel Schaefer, knocking in the ball at the near post.

Owen notched his second in the 83rd, after substitute Gabriel Obertan shook off two defenders and found the former England striker at the far post with a pinpoint cross.

With Wolfsburg throwing everything into attack, Owen chipped the ball over goalkeeper Diego Benaglio after a counterattack.

"Me getting three goals will probably grab the headlines, but it was a great team performance," Owen said. "I was playing deep with us having so many players out and we were trying to protect the back four."

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