Messi guides Barca to top Champions League group

30 November, 2018, 13:43 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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In the second half, Lionel Messi opened the scoring for the Catalans in the 61st minute, with the Argentinian slaloming through the PSV defence to find the top corner with a delightful goal.

"My team created lots of unsafe chances too, but it was a game which was too open".

The home side's nimble first half finishing saw them home with goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar, while James Milner's 45th-minute effort could not disguise another poor away performance by Jurgen Klopp's side.

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

"Then, when we were two up, they started getting a lot of crosses into the area".

Interestingly enough, it was the Portuguese star who set a record during Juventus' win against Valencia on Tuesday, becoming the first player to notch 100 Champions League wins.

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30-year-old Messi already has six goals in this year's competition, having previously bagged a hat-trick against the Dutch side before adding a brace at Wembley against Tottenham.

Spurs will need to match or better Inter's result against PSV in their clash with the Spanish giants to progress to the round of 16.

The Catalan side, though, were sloppy according to head coach Ernesto Valverde.

PSV went searching for only their second point of the European campaign but unbeaten Barca held on to claim the win and top spot before welcoming Tottenham to the Camp Nou in two weeks´ time. "They created lots of chances". 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.

They will face off against Villarreal on Sunday as they look to take back top spot in the league.

'We have fulfilled the goal of being the first in a very complicated group with great teams. "We gave up more than was necessary".

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