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Owen rallies Man Utd past Barcelona

July 31, 2011 11:45 IST

Michael Owen scored a brilliant 76th minute goal to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona on Saturday night.

Nani, who started the proceedings for London side, which exacted a measure of revenge in a pre-season exhibition that doubled as a rematch of Barcelona's 3-1 victory in Champions League final.

Thiago tied it for Barcelona in front of 81,807 at FedEx Field, the largest soccer crowd in Washington-area history.

Tom Cleverley set up Owen's goal, intercepting Sergio Busquets' pass in midfield, streaking toward goal, and then slipping a pass to Owen just in time to keep the forward onside.

Owen chipped the ball over Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who had rushed out to close the angle.