Messi leads Barcelona to win over PSV Eindhoven

Mae Harvey
November 30, 2018

"We had problems with De Jong, he is tough to defend", Valverde said.

Another match, another goal scored by Lionel MESSI which only Lionel MESSI can score.

"He's a player you nearly can't stop", said PSV coach Mark van Bommel.

And nine minutes later the Argentinian made another crucial intervention as his clever free-kick was converted by Gerard Pique to double Barcelona's lead.

The Argentina superstar's 61st-minute strike in Eindhoven was his 106th goal in Europe's top competition, one more than long-time LaLiga rival Ronaldo managed for Real Madrid before his switch to Juventus.

'PSV played well. They were very lively on the counter-attack and the balls we lost meant they were able to get into unsafe positions and even hit the woodwork a few times.

Messi's goal broke the scoring drought by both sides, giving Barcelona a 1-0 lead by working through a tight space and multiple PSV players before lacing home the opener.

The Barca head coach said: 'We're so happy to have mathematically topped the group. Barcelona can win the group with a win and if Inter Milan drops points. It is only once again the confirmation that we can very well keep up with these teams'.

The No.10 has not featured in the middle of the attack since the start of the Luis Enrique era, before he switched places with Suarez.

Luuk de Jong pulled a goal back late on for PSV, but Barca saw out victory to seal top spot in Group B.

PSV unlucky not to go into the break at least one goal in front after twice hitting the frame of the goal.

Ernesto Valverde praised the understanding between Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele after the pair helped Barcelona overcome Ajax in the Champions League.

Here's a detailed look at every player's performance on the night.

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