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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, Barcelona 2.

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

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

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

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

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

Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

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

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.

Booking

Jordi Alba (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

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

Booking

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Denis Suárez replaces Ousmane Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. Maximiliano Romero replaces Steven Bergwijn.

Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven).

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Donyell Malen with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Hirving Lozano.

Attempt missed. Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Rosario.

Attempt missed. Malcom (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé following a fast break.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven).

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven).

Foul by Nélson Semedo (Barcelona).

Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. Donyell Malen replaces Gastón Pereiro.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. Erick Gutiérrez replaces Jorrit Hendrix.

Goal!

Goal! PSV Eindhoven 0, Barcelona 2. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Malcom replaces Coutinho.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid540196312
2B Dortmund531182610
3Club Brugge51226515
4Monaco5014212-101

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona5410134913
2Tottenham521289-17
3Inter Milan521256-17
4PSV Eindhoven5014512-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli52307439
2PSG522113858
3Liverpool52038716
4Red Star Belgrade5113413-94

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto5410124813
2Schalke52215418
3Galatasaray511335-24
4Lokomotiv Moscow5104411-73

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich54101221013
2Ajax532082611
3Benfica5113511-64
4AEK Athens5005212-100

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5311145910
2Lyon5140111017
3Shakhtar Donetsk5122715-85
4Hoffenheim50321012-23

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid54011221012
2Roma530210649
3Viktoria Plzen5113515-104
4CSKA Moscow511359-44

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus540182612
2Man Utd531162410
3Valencia512245-15
4Young Boys5014211-91
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