Barcelona ended a troublesome 12 months with one other disappointing outcome as they had been held 1-1 at residence by struggling Eibar on Tuesday. The outcome left Barcelona in sixth place in La Liga, seven factors behind Atletico Madrid who’ve performed two fewer matches. “We have to be realistic,” mentioned Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman. “The league is very complicated. In life nothing is impossible, but you have to recognise the points gap to a team like Atletico, which seems to give very little away.” The six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is nursing an ankle harm and watched from the stands.
In his absence Martin Braithwaite took an eighth minute penalty kick, and missed. The Dane did put the ball within the internet within the 25th minute however the strike was disallowed.
Although Barcelona dominated possession and took much more photographs, Eibar took the lead after 57 minutes. Their captain Kike Garcia pounced after a defensive mistake from Ronald Araujo.
“I take responsibility,” mentioned Araujo. “I didn’t notice that the forward was so close.”
“It’s a pity, we wanted to win and we played well”
Ousmane Dembele levelled 10 minutes later with a proper foot shot however Barcelona couldn’t discover the profitable aim.
“We were missing Leo, of course,” mentioned Koeman, earlier than asking: “How is it possible that we didn’t win this match?”
“We created chances, we missed a penalty, and we gave away a goal, the only shot on target they had?”
Barcelona have struggled with accidents this season and misplaced Philippe Coutinho who limped off in added time.
“He said he was feeling pain in his left knee,” mentioned Koeman. “We need to do more tests to find out exactly what’s wrong with him”.
In the opposite early recreation, Lucas Ocampo transformed an early penalty and Youssef En-Neyri added a second after the break as Sevilla beat visiting Villarreal 2-0. Sevilla moved onto a tie for third with Real Sociedad and Villarreal.
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