La Liga: Barcelona held 1-1 at home by Eibar without Messi


With Lionel Messi nursing his ankle within the stands, Barcelona fell additional behind within the Spanish league on Tuesday after ceding its first-ever level to Eibar at Camp Nou.

Halftime substitute Ousmane Dembele salvaged Barcelona a 1-1 draw when he scored within the 67th. That canceled out Kike García’s opener 10 minutes earlier after a ball-control blunder by heart again Ronald Araújo.

A second consecutive home draw meant Ronald Koeman’s aspect slipped into sixth place after Sevilla moved into fourth with a 2-Zero win over Villarreal, which fell into fifth.

Front-runners Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid are seven factors away from Barcelona earlier than they play matches on Wednesday.

“Being realistic, the league title is very complicated. Nothing is impossible, but we must recognize the gap,” Koeman mentioned. “We were missing Leo, who is always decisive, but the sensation I have is ‘how is it possible we didn’t win?’ We created chances, missed a penalty, and gave away a goal that was their only shot on target.”

Messi was compelled to look at the sport tucked in a winter coat with the reserves due to an unspecified right-ankle downside. It is just not reported to be severe.

Already without Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique due to severe accidents, Barcelona additionally misplaced midfielder Philippe Coutinho within the last minutes with what seemed to be a left knee damage.


Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite had two possibilities to place the hosts forward within the first half, however the Danish striker despatched a penalty kick broad within the ninth minute and had a aim waived off for offsides within the 25th.

Otherwise, Eibar’s intense stress saved Barcelona out of its space and helped give the guests the lead.

García took benefit of some sloppy dribbling by Araújo to steal the ball properly outdoors the realm with solely Marc-Andre ter Stegen to beat. García had the time and area to dimension up Barcelona’s goalkeeper and beat him with a low strike.

“We can’t make mistakes like the one I made,” Araújo mentioned. “I take responsibility for it. But the only thing we can do is to keep working.”

Dembele went on at halftime for his first look since he missed 5 matches attributable to a thigh damage. He changed Sergiño Dest and proved to be Barcelona’s high choice in a lackluster assault without Messi.

Dembele drew a superb save from Eibar goalie Marko Dmitrovic due to a go from Pedro “Pedri” González earlier than he pulled Barcelona stage.

The French ahead scored from a go by Junior Firpo, who performed properly in a uncommon begin forward of Jordi Alba. Firpo made two fast passing combos with teammates to interrupt free down the flank earlier than he despatched a low ball to the far publish the place Dembele rifled it home.

Barcelona, nonetheless, didn’t significantly threaten Dmitrovic once more.

It was the primary level Eibar has taken at Camp Nou after dropping its earlier six visits.

“Of course they missed Messi. He is the best of all time. Most times we play against Barcelona they score three of four,” García mentioned. “But we knew we would have our chances. We held on until halftime and then put the scare into them. Our pressure allowed us to take a point at Camp Nou.”


Lucas Ocampos transformed a penalty and arrange one other aim to assist Sevilla deal Villarreal its first loss in 13 rounds.

Ocampos scored his spot kick within the eighth after John Foyth dealt with a ball within the space. The Argentine ahead then received possession and threaded a protracted ball ahead to assist Youssef En-Nesyri seal the outcome within the 53rd.


José Morales scored twice in Levante’s 4-Three victory over Real Betis.

Betis received two targets from Sergio Canales in his first match since recovering from a muscle damage that sidelined him for seven video games.

Valladolid drew 1-1 at Cádiz, which hasn’t received in 4 video games because it surprised Barcelona earlier this month.


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