Van Bommel: We will go for the win against Barcelona

30 November, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Isabel Grant
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The home side's nimble first half finishing saw them home with goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar, while James Milner's 45th-minute effort could not disguise another poor away performance by Jurgen Klopp's side.

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.

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.

'PSV played well. They were very lively on the counter-attack and the balls we lost meant they were able to get into unsafe positions and even hit the woodwork a few times.

The home side could not find a second though, and their European journey for the 2018-19 campaign has come to an end as they can no longer mathematically finish in third position.

"PSV created danger because of us giving the ball away", he lamented in his postgame news conference.

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"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. De Jong is hard to defend against and we suffered.

They will face off against Villarreal on Sunday as they look to take back top spot in the league. We had problems in those first 20 minutes. We are very much content, ' the Barcelona captain said.

There will also be plenty on the line for the club's final game of the group play in the league, though it will be for opponents Tottenham rather than for the Blaugrana.

Barca struggled away from the Nou Camp in Europe last term, scoring just once in three group stage matches and surrendering a 4-1 lead against Roma on a terrible night at the Stadio Olimpico to exit at the quarter-final stage.

Klopp's men must now count on winning their last game against Napoli, who maintained their one-point advantage at the top of the group with a 3-1 win over Red Star Belgrade.

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