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Football: Van Persie rescues United in Champions League

Published on Mar 20, 2014 6:03 AM
Manchester United's Robin van Persie (left) celebrating with teammate Michael Carrick after the Dutch Striker's second goal against Olympiakos during their Champions League match at Old Trafford on March 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Manchester United kept their season alive by storming back to beat Olympiakos 3-0 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

United were left on the brink of elimination after losing the first leg of the last 16 tie 2-0, but on a stirring night at Old Trafford the Dutchman's treble took them into the last eight for the first time since 2011.

Van Persie's evening was to end on a sour note, as he was stretchered from the field in the latter stages after going down holding his leg, but it did not dampen United's celebrations.

It was the first time United had ever overturned a two-goal deficit in the competition and made them only the sixth team to have clawed back a disadvantage of two goals or more in the Champions League era.

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