ensured they will reach the 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 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 an 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 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 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.

Group B standings

Line-ups

PSV Eindhoven

  • 1Zoet
  • 22Dumfries
  • 5Schwaab
  • 4Viergever
  • 6Angelino
  • 18Rosario
  • 8HendrixBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGutiérrezat 71′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9de JongBooked at 83mins
  • 7PereiroSubstituted forMalenat 71′minutes
  • 11Lozano
  • 17BergwijnSubstituted forRomeroat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Behich
  • 10Romero
  • 13Room
  • 14Malen
  • 20Sainsbury
  • 25Gutiérrez
  • 47Mauro Júnior

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéBooked at 90mins
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18AlbaBooked at 86mins
  • 22Vidal
  • 5Busquets
  • 4Rakitic
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forD Suárezat 80′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forMalcomat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6D Suárez
  • 14Malcom
  • 19El Haddadi
  • 26Aleñá
  • 27Miranda
  • 30Peña
  • 36Brandáriz
Referee:Pavel Královec

 

Match Stats

Home TeamPSV EindhovenAway Team
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home23
Away21
Shots on Target
Home9
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, PSV Eindhoven 1, 2.

Attempt saved. (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Booking

Gerard Piqué () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gerard Piqué ().

Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Schwaab.

Offside, PSV Eindhoven. Angeliño tries a through ball, but is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Malcom () right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by following a fast break.

Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

Attempt blocked. Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Attempt saved. Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by .

Booking

Jordi Alba () is shown the yellow card.

Corner, PSV Eindhoven. Conceded by Clément Lenglet.

Attempt blocked. (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arturo Vidal () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven).

Goal!

Goal! PSV Eindhoven 1, 2. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. replaces Steven Bergwijn.

Clément Lenglet () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven).

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Attempt saved. (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Donyell Malen with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by .

Attempt missed. (PSV Eindhoven) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Rosario.

Attempt missed. Malcom () left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé following a fast break.

Sergio Busquets () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven).

Nélson Semedo () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven).

Foul by Nélson Semedo ().

Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. Donyell Malen replaces Gastón Pereiro.

Substitution

Substitution, PSV Eindhoven. Erick Gutiérrez replaces Jorrit Hendrix.

Goal!

Goal! PSV Eindhoven 0, 2. Gerard Piqué () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, . Malcom replaces Coutinho.

Coutinho () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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