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Lionel Messi made his way through a muddle of defenders to send a lovely goal into the back of the net for Barcelona on Wednesday at the 61st-minute mark of his team's Champions League match against PSV.

Another thing is that MESSI has now scored 66 goals in the group stages of the Champions League in 66 matches.

He then assisted the club's second, finding Gerard Pique on a free kick to double the Spanish side's advantage and all but seal the top spot in their Champions League group.

"We wanted to win the group and we've managed to do that, despite the difficulty of the sides we've faced", the coach said.

PSV had two golden chances of their own late in the first half, but Luuk de Jong saw his towering header hit the crossbar before Denzel Dumfries somehow failed to bundle the rebound home.

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. De Jong is hard to defend against and we suffered. "PSV began to believe they had a chance and play long balls, but in the end we got the result we came here for". PSV is 0-1-3, and while it would have liked to make the round of 16, the goal probably has shifted to trying to finish in third and enter the Europa League.

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

Messi, as he has been for much of the last decade, was the architect of Barca's latest success, opening the scoring with his 106th Champions League goal - the most by any player at one club in the competition.

Both Barcelona and Juventus have booked their spot in the Champions League knockout round ahead of Match Day 6.

The missing players may have contributed to the sometimes disjointed performance.

Barcelona has won its Champions League group a record 20 times, and only a dramatic reversal of form will keep the Blaugrana from adding to its prestigious mark.


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