Manchester United beats Barcelona in exhibition match | Soccer
Michael Owen scored in the 76th minute to give Manchester United of England a 2-1 exhibition victory over FC Barcelona of Spain in Washington, D.C.
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LANDOVER, Md. — Michael Owen scored on a counterattack in the 76th minute to give Manchester United of England a 2-1 exhibition victory over FC Barcelona of Spain on Saturday.
Nani also scored early for United, which exacted a measure of revenge in the rematch of Barcelona's 3-1 victory in May's UEFA Champions League final.
Thiago tied the score for Barcelona in front of 81,807 at FedEx Field.
Tom Cleverley set up Owen's goal, stealing Sergio Busquets' pass in midfield, streaking toward goal and then slipping a pass to Owen in time to keep the forward onside.
Owen chipped the ball over Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who had rushed out in an attempt to close the angle.
After a sluggish first half, Barcelona dominated the second until Owen's goal.
Thiago gave the defending Spanish-league champions a tying goal in the 70th minute, blasting a shot into the right corner from 23 yards.
Nani put United, last season's Premier League winners, ahead in the 22nd minute.
Thousands of fans arrived several hours before kickoff, turning parking lots into a swirling mass of team colors.
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