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Brave Cluj win 1-0 at Manchester United but fail to advance

Published on Dec 6, 2012 6:05 AM
 
Manchester United's English forward Wayne Rooney (left) vies with Cluj's Romanian defender Ionut Rada the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Manchester United and CFR Cluj-Napoca at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on Dec 5, 2012. -- PHOTO : AFP

MANCHESTER, England (REUTERS) - CFR Cluj failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite a famous 1-0 win by the Romanian champions over three-times champions Manchester United on Wednesday.

Brazilian Luis Alberto hit an unstoppable swerving and dipping shot after 56 minutes to sink a second-string United but Galatasaray's 2-1 win at bottom side Braga put them into the last 16.

Cluj finished Group H level on 10 points with Galatasaray, behind winners United on 12, but the Romanians lost out on a worse head-to-head record and have the Europa League as consolation.

Steaua Bucharest, the 1986 winners, reached the final of Europe's elite club competition in 1989, but no Romanian club has reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since it was formed in the 1992-93 season.

 
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