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Wolfsburg   1 - 3   Man Utd

Michael Owen
Owen stuns the Wolfsburg defence with a header just before the interval

By Mark Ashenden

Michael Owen's hat-trick helped injury-hit Manchester United see off Wolfsburg and secure top spot in group B.

Michael Carrick was lucky not to give away a penalty and Wolfsburg wasted two headers, but Owen nodded in the opener before the break after Nani's cross.

Wolfsburg hit back and Edin Dzeko headed a well-deserved equaliser after Marcel Schafer's cross from the left.

Gabriel Obertan beat three defenders to set up Owen to take the lead and the striker chipped in a late third.

Having already made the knockout stages, United's mission in Germany was draw to finish top in their group, but their cause was not helped with 15 players missing.

It was another makeshift defence consisting of midfielders Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick playing alongside regular left-back Patrice Evra.

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Fresh from his hour's spell at centre-half against West Ham on Saturday, Carrick struggled with Dzeko's 6ft 4in frame at the start and was lucky not to concede a penalty for a mis-timed tackle on Makoto Hasebe.

More wobbles followed with Andrea Barzagli and Zvjezdan Misimovic both heading wastefully over the bar from good positions.

It was hard work for the visitors on a heavy pitch, but there was a glimmer of hope on the half hour when Danny Welbeck slotted in smartly only to see the offside flag raised.

One minute before half-time the United faithful were jumping up and down celebrating a very well-worked opening goal.

Paul Scholes swept the ball to Nani on the left and the Portuguese star looped his cross to the back post for Owen to nod in for his second goal of the Champions League campaign.

With third-placed CSKA Moscow leading at half-time it was crucial the Germans got back into the game and 10 minutes into the second-half that is exactly what they did.

Lively midfielder Schafer burst down the left to cross in for the unmarked Dzeko to power a header past Tomasz Kuszczak.

A more conservative United invited Wolfsburg to push forward and their innovation was almost rewarded with a stinging shot from Brazilian striker Grafite palmed away by Kuszczak.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson brought on Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan to shore up the tiring midfield and with eight minutes remaining United shocked the hosts to take the lead.

Obertan had been on the pitch for eight minutes and he danced his way through the defence to pass the ball across the six-yard line for Owen to poke home.

Following a goalmouth scramble at the other end, there was still time for the red shirts to break away and it was Owen again - still pushing hard for an England recall - who chipped calmly over the keeper.

Job done for the Old Trafford side and Ferguson's selection headache will at least subside for a few days before their Premier League commitments kick into action again at the weekend against Aston Villa.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolfsburg 1-3 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Dzeko 56
  • Owen 44
  • Owen 83
  • Owen 90+1

Wolfsburg

  • 01 Benaglio
  • 04 Schafer
  • 05 Ricardo Costa
  • 20 Riether
  • 43 Barzagli
  • 07 Josue
  • 10 Misimovic
  • 13 Hasebe (Ziani 72)
  • 25 Gentner
  • 09 Dzeko
  • 23 Grafite (Dejagah 72)

Substitutes

  • 12 Lenz,
  • 06 Simunek,
  • 16 Johnson,
  • 17 Madlung,
  • 19 Pekarik,
  • 15 Ziani,
  • 24 Dejagah

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: KuipersAtt: 29,000
WOLFSBURG
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Wolfsburg 51%
  • Man Utd 49%

Attempts on target

  • Wolfsburg 7
  • Man Utd 4

Attempts off target

  • Wolfsburg 6
  • Man Utd 5

Corners

  • Wolfsburg 10
  • Man Utd 1

Fouls

  • Wolfsburg 5
  • Man Utd 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:41 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+2:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Obertan. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 90:00+0:27 Assist by Gabriel Obertan.
  • 90:00+0:27 GOAL - Michael OwenWolfsburg 1 - 3 Man Utd Michael Owen gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Wolfsburg 1-3 Man Utd.
  • 89:30 Foul by Sascha Riether on Gabriel Obertan, free kick awarded. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zvjezdan Misimovic by Paul Scholes. Strike comes in from Zvjezdan Misimovic from the free kick, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 87:34 Michael Owen takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Diego Benaglio makes a save.
  • 86:02 Edin Dzeko produces a cross.
  • 85:13 Gabriel Obertan produces a cross.
  • 84:55 Sascha Riether sends in a cross.
  • 82:34 The assist for the goal came from Gabriel Obertan.
  • 82:34 GOAL - Michael OwenWolfsburg 1 - 2 Man Utd Michael Owen finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Wolfsburg 1-2 Man Utd.
  • 80:56 Centre by Zvjezdan Misimovic, Headed effort from inside the area by Edin Dzeko misses to the left of the goal.
  • 79:14 Inswinging corner taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 78:19 The offside flag is raised against Gabriel Obertan. Diego Benaglio restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:20 Michael Owen fouled by Sascha Riether, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:39 Gabriel Obertan challenges Sascha Riether unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sascha Riether takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:09 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anunciado Josue from the left by-line.
  • 75:28 Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
  • 74:49 The referee penalises Edin Dzeko for handball. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 73:36 Substitution Luis Nani goes off and Antonio Valencia comes on.
  • 73:10 Substitution Gabriel Obertan on for Danny Welbeck.
  • 71:52 Substitution Ashkan Dejagah replaces Libano Batista Grafite.
  • 71:36 Substitution (Wolfsburg) makes a substitution, with Karim Ziani coming on for Makoto Hasebe.
  • 71:07 Corner from left by-line taken by Anunciado Josue.
  • 67:19 Anunciado Josue concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scholes. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
  • 67:02 Sascha Riether sends in a cross, Oliveira Anderson manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:50 Short corner taken by Sascha Riether from the right by-line.
  • 63:02 The referee blows for offside against Libano Batista Grafite. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:25 Darron Gibson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Ricardo Costa. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
  • 62:10 The ball is swung over by Libano Batista Grafite, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
  • 59:46 Shot by Libano Batista Grafite from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 58:23 Shot by Christian Gentner from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 55:34 Marcel Schafer provided the assist for the goal.
  • 55:34 GOAL - Edin DzekoWolfsburg 1 - 1 Man Utd Edin Dzeko grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Wolfsburg 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 52:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anunciado Josue, Darren Fletcher makes a clearance.
  • 52:33 Short corner taken by Sascha Riether from the right by-line.
  • 52:18 Sascha Riether delivers the ball, Patrice Evra gets a block in.
  • 51:12 The offside flag is raised against Libano Batista Grafite. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
  • 47:37 Centre by Luis Nani.
  • 46:34 The ball is delivered by Christian Gentner, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:22 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 43:03 Assist by Luis Nani.
  • 43:03 GOAL - Michael OwenWolfsburg 0 - 1 Man Utd Michael Owen finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Wolfsburg 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 41:34 Corner from right by-line taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic.
  • 41:00 Makoto Hasebe takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
  • 40:02 Shot by Luis Nani cleared the crossbar.
  • 38:25 Christian Gentner concedes a free kick for a foul on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
  • 37:23 Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • 36:48 The ball is delivered by Patrice Evra, save by Diego Benaglio.
  • 34:20 Edin Dzeko sends in a cross.
  • 32:31 Short corner worked by Marcel Schafer.
  • 31:53 Marcel Schafer delivers the ball, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 31:30 The ball is swung over by Marcel Schafer, clearance made by Michael Carrick.
  • 29:58 The offside flag is raised against Danny Welbeck. Diego Benaglio takes the free kick.
  • 27:29 Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on Anunciado Josue. Miguel Ricardo Costa takes the free kick.
  • 25:57 Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Miguel Ricardo Costa. Direct free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 25:21 Shot by Edin Dzeko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 24:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Edin Dzeko. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ji-Sung Park on Anunciado Josue. Direct free kick taken by Andrea Barzagli.
  • 21:06 A cross is delivered by Sascha Riether, Zvjezdan Misimovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 20:33 Darron Gibson takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 19:09 Corner taken left-footed by Oliveira Anderson to the near post, Anunciado Josue manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:12 Outswinging corner taken by Zvjezdan Misimovic from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Andrea Barzagli goes over the bar.
  • 16:30 Ji-Sung Park is ruled offside. Marcel Schafer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:13 The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
  • 15:06 Darron Gibson has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 12:59 Michael Owen concedes a free kick for a foul on Anunciado Josue. Direct free kick taken by Diego Benaglio.
  • 12:17 Christian Gentner takes a short corner.
  • 11:20 Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. Marcel Schafer takes the free kick.
  • 9:36 Ji-Sung Park delivers the ball.
  • 8:56 Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Andrea Barzagli.
  • 7:59 Christian Gentner has an effort at goal. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 6:47 Sascha Riether takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 3:49 The ball is sent over by Sascha Riether.
  • 3:12 Marcel Schafer produces a cross.
  • 1:58 Libano Batista Grafite takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.
  • 1:02 Libano Batista Grafite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrice Evra. Patrice Evra takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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