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Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven

This goal is not even a surprise to see anymore from the Argentine but we should not play down just how hard and spectacular this goal is.

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

"It was a poorly taken free kick, but luckily Pique was there".

Messi has now scored 10 goals in five Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, including his hat trick against PSV in their Group B opener this season.

"We wanted to win the group and we've managed to do that, despite the difficulty of the sides we've faced", the coach said. It has conceded six goals combined in those matches, which were a draw to Inter Milan in the Champions League, a loss against Real Betis in La Liga and a draw at Ateltico Madrid on Saturday.

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

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Captain Luuk de Jong scored a late consolation for the home side as they matched Barcelona for much of the contest at the Philips Stadion, striking the woodwork three times in the first half alone and missing a number of other chances. "PSV began to believe they had a chance and play long balls, but in the end we got the result we came here for".

It was Barcelona that made the breakthrough in the 61st minute though, with Messi working a yard of space inside the PSV box before finding the back of the net with a near-post finish. With Suarez out, Ousame Dembele will likely move into the starting XI.

The two still remain atop the competition's all-time scoring charts with Ronaldo now on 121 Champions League goals to lead the way.

Zoet had to keep out a powerful Messi strike early in the second period as Barcelona started on the front foot.

The missing players may have contributed to the sometimes disjointed performance.


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