Barcelona falls to 6th place in Spanish league after 1-1 draw against Eibar
Barcelona fell further behind in the Spanish league on Tuesday after they drew 1-1 at home to struggling Eibar in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.
The result left Barcelona in sixth place in La Liga, seven points behind Atletico Madrid who have played two fewer matches.
Messi is nursing an ankle injury and watched from the stands.
In his absence Martin Braithwaite took an eighth minute penalty kick, and missed. The Dane did put the ball in the net in the 25th minute but the strike was disallowed.
Although Barcelona dominated possession and took far more shots, Eibar took the lead after 57 minutes. Their captain Kike Garcia pounced after a defensive mistake from Ronald Araujo.
Ousmane Dembele levelled 10 minutes later with a right foot shot but Barcelona could not find the winning goal.
In the other early game, Lucas Ocampo converted 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.