PSV welcomed Barcelona at the Philips Stadion this Wednesday, for the UEFA Champions League Group Stages. Lionel Messi ventured up once more, and with a goal and an assist, he helped the Catalans to affirm themselves as the pioneers of Group B. It was the twelfth sequential time that Barcelona wound up the Group Stages leading a Group.
As the match began, PSV attempted to force their strength over the Catalans. What’s more, in the event that it wasn’t the Dutch side’s misfortune, they could have broken the halt in the first half, as they hit the post multiple times.
Arturo Vidal nearly scored from a corner, however, his header was tidied up the line, and both sides went to the break with a goalless draw.
After the break, we saw a totally unique Barcelona, and PSV were rebuffed for not having scored yet. At the 61st, Ousmane Dembele passed it to Messi on the edge of the area, on the left. The Argentine waved away from four PSV safeguards and slotted home a low effort past goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.
At the 70th, Messi assisted Gerard Pique from a set-piece, as the Spanish defender opened home from short proximity past Zoet.
There was still time for a Dutch encouragement through a Luuk De Jong’s incredible header, as he was picked out from a left-wing cross by Angelino. 1-2 Barcelona
Following the Catalan triumph at the Netherlands, Barcelona top Group B with 13, trailed by Tottenham and Internazionale, both with 7 points. PSV finish the Group as the bottoms, with just a single point. The Dutch side will play against Feyenoord away on Sunday in the Eredivise, as Barcelona go up against Villarreal at the Camp Nou, around the same time.