Lionel Messi admitted Gerard Pique's goal was not a training ground masterpiece as Barcelona beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Wednesday to seal top spot in their Champions League group for a 12th consecutive season.
"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. "If we make mistakes in our midfield it is tough, but it is part of our risky style".
It was Barcelona thanking their lucky stars just before halftime, though, when De Jong's header from a free-kick came off the crossbar and the follow-up from close-range by Denzel Dumfries struck the post.
De Jong grabbed a consolation goal for the home fans with an 83rd-minute header to set up a frenetic late assault, but despite pouring forward in the closing minutes PSV could not find an equalizer.
'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. This goal is not even a surprise to see anymore from the Argentine but we should not play down just how hard and spectacular this goal is.
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PSV manager and former Barcelona midfielder Mark Van Bommel could not disguise his disappointment at an opportunity lost for the Dutch champions, who will finish bottom of the group.
Ronaldo collected his fifth award past year, but appears unlikely to retain his crown and move ahead of bitter rival Messi.
The missing players may have contributed to the sometimes disjointed performance.
Zoet had to keep out a powerful Messi strike early in the second period as Barcelona started on the front foot.