A happy Lionel Messi recognized his free kick to set Gerard Pique during Barcelona's victory over PSV was an accident.…
A happy Lionel Messi recognized his free kick to set Gerard Pique during Barcelona’s victory over PSV was an accident.
After scoring a brilliant opener, Messi failed with a set pucked in by Pique in the second half of Barca’s 2-1 win in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The goal took Pique closer to playing as the best scoring defender in Champions League history with his 13th strike, followed only Ivan Helguera (15) and Roberto Carlos (16) and proved to be the winner at night.
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While some gave the superstar credit for the help, the 31
-year-old said it was not intended.
“The free kick did not come off, but Gerard was in the area and he saw it and luckily it went in but it was not something we had planned, Messi said via the club.
Luuk de Jong pulled a goal back late for PSV, who scored 23 shots and hit the tree three times, but Barca showed victory to seal the top leak in Group B.
Messi sight saw him break another record, Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses the most diligent Champions League painter for a single club with his 106th.
He said, “I am happy, I have just discovered now. I’m happy for this new state. “
Messi was also proud to see his side-clinch top spot in a group containing Inter and Tottenham.
” We’ve achieved our goal to end the top of a difficult group “, he said.
“We really have ppy, it has been a dense group of tough travels. “
Messi and Barcelona can now turn to La Liga, where they trace Sevilla through a single point through 13 matches.
They will meet Villarreal on Sunday as they look back in the league.
There will also be plenty on the line for the club’s last game in the league match, but it will be against opponent Tottenham rather than Blaugrana.
Spurs will have to match or better Inter’s performance against PSV in their clash with the Spanish the giants to move on to the 16th quarter.