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Manchester United reach Champions League knockout stage

Published on Nov 8, 2012 5:59 AM
Manchester United's players celebrate their team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League football match SC Braga vs Manchester United at the Municipal stadium of Braga on November 7, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRAGA, Portugal (AFP) - English giants Manchester United became the third side to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League this season after a come from behind 3-1 win over Portuguese opponents Braga.

All the United goals came in the second-half through substitute Robin van Persie, a penalty from Wayne Rooney and Mexican star Javier Hernandez after Alan had given the hosts the lead early in the second-half from the penalty spot.

United join 2004 champions Porto and debutants Malaga of Spain - who both qualified on Tuesday - in the last 16.