Champions League - Group B
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PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Barcelona: La Liga side top Champions League group with game to spare

Barcelona celebrate
Pique stabbed home Barca's second from a clever Messi free-kick

Barcelona ensured they will reach the Champions League knockout stage as Group B winners with victory at PSV.

The Spanish side had already qualified for the last 16 but sealed top spot with a Lionel Messi strike and Gerard Pique's clever second.

Pique stabbed into the bottom corner in what looked like a planned move from Messi's swept delivery, after the Argentine fired home through a crowd.

Luuk de Jong scored a late consolation for PSV, who missed a host of chances.

After the game, Pique said that the build-up to his goal was "practiced", but Messi later suggested there was an element of luck involved, as he denied the defender's claim.

"It was not rehearsed," Messi said. "That's a lie.

"It was a badly taken free-kick, Pique was there and the goal was just lucky."

The Dutch side hit the frame of Barca's goal four times before finally finding the net, with the five-time European champions repeatedly exposed at the back.

It led to a nervy end to the match for Barca, and Denzel Dumfries had a strong injury-time penalty shout turned down after Clement Lenglet appeared to catch him in the box with a clumsy challenge.

With one fixture to go, Barca lead second-placed Tottenham by six points, with Spurs ahead of Inter Milan on goal difference,

Their final match of the group stage is at home to Mauricio Pochettino's side on Tuesday, 11 December, when Inter host bottom side PSV.

Group B standings

Line-ups

PSV Eindhoven

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Zoet
  • 22Dumfries
  • 5Schwaab
  • 4Viergever
  • 6Angelino
  • 18Rosario
  • 8HendrixBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGutiérrezat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7PereiroSubstituted forMalenat 71'minutes
  • 9de JongBooked at 83mins
  • 11Lozano
  • 17BergwijnSubstituted forRomeroat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Behich
  • 10Romero
  • 13Room
  • 14Malen
  • 20Sainsbury
  • 25Gutiérrez
  • 47Mauro Júnior

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18AlbaBooked at 86mins
  • 22Vidal
  • 5Busquets
  • 4Rakitic
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forD Suárezat 80'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forMalcomat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 14Malcom
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 26Aleñá
  • 27Miranda
  • 30Peña
  • 36Brandáriz
Referee:
Pavel Královec
Attendance:
34,600

Match Stats

Home TeamPSV EindhovenAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home23
Away22
Shots on Target
Home9
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Maximiliano Romero (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

  4. Booking

    Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

    Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Schwaab.

  8. Post update

    Offside, PSV Eindhoven. Angeliño tries a through ball, but Maximiliano Romero is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Malcom (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

  10. Post update

    Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hirving Lozano.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maximiliano Romero.

  13. Booking

    Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Maximiliano Romero (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Booking

    Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Booking

    Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! PSV Eindhoven 1, Barcelona 2. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

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