Messis brilliance takes Barcelona to the next round

first_imgA goal and an assist from the Argentine are what finally gave FC Barcelona the Group of Death’s top spot against PSV Eindhoven at Phillips Stadium.There is no denying it, Lionel Messi is dead serious about winning the UEFA Champions League this season as he proved it once again this Wednesday with a goal and an assist for Barcelona against PSV Eindhoven.Maybe some people thought that this match would be easy for the Catalan club, but the Dutch champions really took them to the extreme as they needed to push themselves all the way to the second half in order to get the first goal.There was nobody else but Lionel Messi to take them out of this problem, playing at Eindhoven proved to be extremely difficult because there weren’t many spaces to create chances due to how well-organized the defense was.The fact that Luis Suarez missed this match due to an injury, crippled Barcelona’s attacking powers and the manager even decided to play Ousmane Dembele from the very start of the match.Philipe Coutinho also started, the Brazilian was coming back from an injury and this was the first time he started a game since he suffered it.The first half actually ended with Barcelona not being able to pick the PSV Eindhoven lock, the biggest moments of the match were reserved till after an hour had passed.⏰ All over in Eindhoven!⚽ PSV Eindhoven 1-2 FC Barcelona👟 Luuk de Jong / Messi & Piqué🙌 Top of Group B!🔵🔴 #PSVBarça pic.twitter.com/MMOHEdSNZP— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 28, 2018After the 60-minute mark, Dembele combined with Messi while entering the box. The Argentine took the ball and gifted us with yet another impossible dribble with a goal included that amazed even the PSV fans.The Argentine made his maneuver between five opponents and managed to bury his shot in the top corner after he released a potent shot with his left foot, a goal that served him to reach his 66th goal in the same number of matches during the group stage.The man has also scored 40 knock-out stage goals, which leaves him with an impressive 106 Champions League conquers throughout his career.An out of this world stat to a completely out of this world player, but Lionel had only just started his personal showcase for the evening.Barcelona had only scored one goal so far, the final outcome of the match was nowhere near completed and PSV Eindhoven was still attempting to equalize the game by any means they could do it.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.There were several moments in which either side could’ve scored the next goal, but Barcelona was the most fortunate one after finding the back of the net once again before their rival.1️⃣2️⃣ teams are qualified for the @ChampionsLeague last 16:FC BarcelonaManchester CityFC Bayern MunichReal Madrid CFJuventus FCA.S RomaFC PortoAFC AjaxAtlético Madrid Borussia DortmundManchester UnitedFC Schalke 04 pic.twitter.com/vysSGLJMS2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 28, 2018Twenty minutes before the final whistle, Lionel Messi himself was the man responsible for that second goal after serving a clinical assist to Gerard Pique during a set-piece for Barcelona.This second goal was a total life-saver, especially because PSV did manage to score one goal during the final minutes through a Luuk de Jong header that gave the locals a good eight final minutes to possibly getting that draw.In the end, Barcelona was able to hold the fort and got those three points that secured them the Group of Death’s top spot.It doesn’t matter how they do in the final match against Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona is already expected to rest many of their star players for that match in order to save some energy for the long season that is still ahead.This victory is great news for the Spurs, because this means they will have a bigger chance to qualify to the next round after they managed to win their respective match against Internazionale Milano simultaneously.⏰ RESULTS ⏰✔️ Atlético, Porto, Schalke & Dortmund qualify for last 16! 👏👏👏😍 Best performance tonight?#UCL pic.twitter.com/ONB1aSO6iK— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 28, 2018How would you describe Lionel Messi’s performance tonight against PSV Eindhoven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

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