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Barcelona player ratings vs PSV: Messi delivers the slender victory

Barcelona player ratings vs PSV: Messi delivers the slender victory

"They created lots of chances".

Mark van Bommel is hopeful of a victory against Barcelona on Wednesday which would keep PSV's hopes of a Europa League place alive.

The Champions League match between PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona will be broadcast live on B/R Live.

Barcelona was without the injured Luis Suarez, with Ousmane Dembele taking his place.

Jeroen Zoet then had to make two smart saves to deny Messi as the Spanish champions desperately searched for the opener during a period of domination.

Messi opened the scoring at the Philips Stadion following a move he had started by the halfway line in the 61st minute, netting his sixth goal in the competition this season in just three appearances.

Both Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic were guilty of some bad passes early on that could have got the Catalans into trouble.

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Their quest for a clean sheet was left hanging after Luuk de Jong struck a consolation for the Dutch outfit in the 80th minute range.

"PSV created danger because of us giving the ball away", he said.

In Group E, we have yet to see who out of Ajax or Bayern will win the group. That goal was the most goal scored by a player for a single club with 106 goals.

Messi has now scored six Champions League goals this season, moving him past Eden Dzeko to lead the goalscoring chart through five rounds of group stage play.

Of course, it is in the months to come that Messi's determination to win will be put to the test, but the Argentine is in the kind of form that could drive Barcelona all the way to the final in Madrid next June.

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.