Manchester United beat Wolfsburg 3-1 to top group

Updated: 09 December 2009 12:21 IST

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

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

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."

With 14 regular first-team players absent thouh njry nieds nl tuedeenerwa PtrceEva ndWofsbur tried to take advantage of the untested formation early in the game.

Michael Carrick, a midfielder playing center back, fouled Makoto Hasebe early in the match but Wolfsburg did not get a penalty.

"We should have gotten the call," Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh said. "I am very disappointed but my players gave it everything but we were not rewarded."

Wolfsburg's Andrea Barzagli headed over the crossbar in the 18th after a corner from Zvjezdan Misimovic, who then did the same a few minutes later when he had been left unmarked.

Hasebe had a good effort in the 42nd but goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak tipped it over the bar.

After notching the equalizer, Wolfsburg stepped up the pressure and Kuszczak did well to turn away a shot from Grafite in the 73rd, shortly after Owen failed to get a shot off in Wolfsburg's box.

Kuszczak then dived to his right to stop a shot from Dzeko.

Benaglio stopped Owen's point-blank effort before the United striker got his third.

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