Red-hot Barcelona silence PSV to seal a last 16 spot in the Champions League

Red-hot Barcelona silence PSV to seal a last 16 spot in the Champions League

- Two second half goals from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique sealed a last 16 place for Barcelona in the Champions League

- The victory saw the Catalans cement their top spot in Group B

- They now join Manchester United, Ajax, Juventus, Man City and Bayern Munich all who have confirmed their place in the next round of the competition

La Liga giants, Barcelona, on Wednesday night, November 28 continued with their impressive campaign in the Champions League as they stunned Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 2-1 at the Philips Stadion to seal a last 16 spot in the competition.

Barcelona were keen to bounce back to winning ways having suffered a 1-1 frustrating draw against Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

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The Spanish side needed just two points ahead of their trip to Netherlands to emerge top in Group B having already qualified to the knockout stage.

Owing to Barcelona;s long list of injuries, Ernesto Valverde was forced to name a strong squad nonetheless, with Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele and Philipe Coutinho leading the attack-line.

However, the visitors had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock, having squandered glorious chances in the first.

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The La Liga giants twice had efforts cleared off the line, often struggling to break down the home as the first half finished goalless.

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.

Gerard Pique extended Barcelona's lead nine minutes later, as Messi turned-creator, delivering the free-kick into the area for Pique to tap home from close range.

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With just eight minutes left to stoppage time, the hosts pulled one back via De Jong who headed into the bottom corner from Angelino's brilliant cross.

However, Dejong's goal was not enough to save the home side from blushes as they went on to bow out of the competition in group stages.

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