PSV suffered a frustrating 1-2 defeat at home to FC Barcelona on matchday five of the Champions League. Mark van Bommel’s men were left to rue a number of missed chances and luck was not on their side when they rattled the woodwork three times in the first half. Lionel Messi made the difference, scoring a goal on 61 minutes and providing the assist for Piqué on 70 minutes. Luuk de Jong reduced the deficit in the 83rd minute.
PSV hit the woodwork twice in first period
PSV were quick to burst out of the blocks. Lozano picked up a loose ball in midfield and was brought down on the edge of the box by Busquets. Pereiro struck the free-kick well, but FC Barcelona’s German goalkeeper Ter Stegen pushed the ball away for a corner. PSV had the better chances and were unlucky to see Pereiro unleash a shot that rattled the post, with Ter Stegen well beaten. Mark van Bommel’s team allowed the Catalans to have the bulk of possession but flooded forward in numbers at every opportunity. First Lozano had a shot saved before De Jong found Pereiro who sent his effort just over the bar on 25 minutes. Barcelona upped a gear and threatened from corners, but Rosario and Angeliño came to the rescue with fine clearances. Merci started to find his groove and brought out saves from Zoey who went down well to stop his low shots. Mark van Bommel’s team were close to taking the lead on 44 minutes. De Jong outjumped his marker at the back-post and planted a glancing header that crashed off the bar. Dumfries pounced on the rebound but only hit the post. HT: 0-0.
Messi makes the difference
PSV also worked very hard after the break and after Dumfries had blocked Alba’s effort, Hendrix volleyed from the edge of the penalty area but Ter Steegen gathered his shot. PSV had the better chances but the goal fell at the other end with Barcelona making the breakthrough on 61 minutes. Messi cut into the box, jinking his way past three defenders before unleashing a vicious shot that beat Zoet at his near post: 0-1 Piqué put the result virtually beyond doubt on 70 minutes, doubling Barcelona’s lead. Messi whipped a free kick into the box and Piqué was on hand to slot home into the bottom corner with a first-time finish: 0-2. Van Bommel made a double substitution, bringing on Gutiérrez for Hendrix and Malen for Pereiro. Bergwijn had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit with fifteen minutes remaining. Lozano turned provider but Bergwijn sent his effort just wide of the post. One minute later, Lozano failed to take a good chance
Luuk de Jong hands PSV a lifeline
Steven Bergwijn made way for Maxi Romero, who made his Champions League debut. PSV captain Luuk de Jong handed his side a lifeline in the 83rd minute, scoring his fifth goal in in his last five matches. Angeliño sent in a cross from the left and PSV’s captain rose high to put his header into the bottom corner, leaving Ter Stegen with no chance: 1-2. PSV threw everything forward in the closing stage but could not prevent slipping to their third cruel 2-1 Champions League defeat. Following tonight’s results, PSV will not be playing European football after the winter. They will return to Eredivisie action next Sunday when they take on Feyenoord in the Rotterdam Kuip.