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Barcelona held on in the absence of Lionel Messi;  Seville and the Villarreal race |  Football News

Barcelona suffered without injuring Lionel Messi as they drew 1-1 at home against struggling Eibar in La Liga on Tuesday.

Eibar, who entered the game sitting a place above the relegation zone, took a shock lead in the 57th minute thanks to striker Kike Garcia before Barca substitute Ousmane Dembele leveled 10 minutes more late.

It could have been different if Martin Braithwaite hadn’t missed a penalty in the first half.

The Dane endured a miserable evening as he also had a goal ruled offside by VAR and was denied what appeared to be a sure winner at close range when the ball bounced off his chest on the rebound and was denied. discarded.

Messi had returned to Barcelona from Argentina earlier on Tuesday but watched from the stands as he was still recovering from an ankle problem and his teammates lacked a pointe.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho could have dealt Ronald Koeman another blow after leaving the pitch late with what appeared to be a problem with his left knee.

Koeman’s side slide to sixth in the table, seven points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have played two games less.

Seville climbed to fourth place after a 2-0 win Villarreal just below them in the leaderboard.

Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring from the start at just eight minutes and Youssef En-Nesyri struck eight minutes into the interval as Unai Emery’s team’s 18-game unbeaten streak finally came to an end.

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