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Man United beats Sociedad thanks to early own goal

Man United relies on own goal after 69 seconds to beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in Champions League

Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, right, scores an own goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad...
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, shoots against Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, left, to force an own goal during the Champions League group A...
Manchester United players celebrate an own goal by Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, during the Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester...
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, centre left, celebrates with teammates after forcing an own goal by Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez during the Champi...

Britain Champions League Soccer

Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, right, scores an own goal during the Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad...

Britain Champions League Soccer

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, shoots against Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, left, to force an own goal during the Champions League group A...

Britain Champions League Soccer

Manchester United players celebrate an own goal by Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, during the Champions League group A soccer match between Manchester...

Britain Champions League Soccer

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, centre left, celebrates with teammates after forcing an own goal by Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez during the Champi...

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United relied on an own goal by Inigo Martinez after just 69 seconds to overcome Real Sociedad 1-0 Wednesday and cement top spot in Group A of the Champions League.

Martinez clumsily booted the ball into his own net after a shot by the impressive Wayne Rooney came back off the post, settling a tight match at Old Trafford and condemning the visitors to a third straight defeat.

United leads by a point from Bayer Leverkusen after opening up with two wins and a draw, and Europe is proving a welcome distraction while the English champions stutter in the defense of their Premier League title.

While Antonio Valencia struck the post for United, Sociedad wasn't without chances of its own, with Antoine Griezmann's free kick hitting the goal frame.


Updated : 2021-01-19 17:22 GMT+08:00