Barcelona did not have a nice game in their visit to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, but it was effective enough to take the victory by 1-2 that would let them advance to the round of 8 of the European Champions League as first of their group.
A first half for oblivion, in which the Catalans, had not found ideas to penetrate the Dutch defense, which gave up many balls and suffered the unspeakable with shots off target from the attackers who tested Ter Stegen to the limit.
Barcelona had to wait one hour for Lionel Messi to solve the puzzle, with a signature move, crossing the penalty area to achieve a shot that would leave the German goalkeeper without options to save the ball.
With the goal conceded, PSV threw their ranks forward in search of a draw, but what they achieved is for the visitors to sink the dagger deeper. In the 70th minute, and after a free kick by Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué deflected the ball to put the 0-2.
Recently criticized Piqué for leaving much to be desired on defense had the opportunity to be a hero, but an error in the 82nd minute gave Luuk De Jong the opportunity to score and give a new push to the home team.
This left Barcelona enclosed in their own side of the pitch the last minutes of the match, practically begging for the final wistle, without a clue on how to stop the Dutch flood.
With the goal, Messi takes the Champions League leadership along with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, both with six goals in five games played.
The performance of Ousmane Dembelé is also worth mentioning. He accompanied the Argentine in the attack before the absence due to injury of Luis Suárez and was solvent resolute throughout the match.
In this way, Barcelona obtained four victories and a draw for 13 of 15 possible points, but does not manage to convince it has what it takes to lift the trophy at the end of next year, something that coach Ernesto Valverde de Cara must undoubtedly resolve during this knockout round, the round of 8.