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Champions League: Barcelona Secure Place In Knockout Stage With Victory Over PSV

Champions League: Barcelona Secure Place In Knockout Stage With Victory Over PSV

by | 29th November 2018

Barcelona secured their place in 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.

 

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.