Posted: Wednesday December 5, 2012 4:52 PM

Cluj eliminated despite 1-0 win over Man United

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) -CFR Cluj beat a below-strength Manchester United 1-0 thanks to Luis Alberto's fabulous second-half strike but was denied a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League by Galatasaray's victory in Braga on Wednesday.

The unheralded Romanian side finished Group H level on 10 points with Galatasaray, which won 2-1 in Portugal, but behind the Turkish team courtesy of the head-to-head record.

Cluj will still head into the Europa League as third-place finisher in good heart after a surprise win at Old Trafford, with Luis Alberto sending a swerving 25-yard shot high into the net in the 56th minute.

United played a virtual reserve team with first place guaranteed, and paid the price despite dominating most of the match.

 
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