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The home game with Eibar turned out to be a disappointment for FC Barcelona. The formation of trainer Ronald Koeman did not get further than a 1-1 draw against the Spanish low flyer.
This concludes Barça an eventful calendar year in sixth place in the competition. The Catalans are seven points behind frontrunner Atlético Madrid, which has played two games less.
The evening seemed to start well for Koeman and his players. After five minutes Barcelona was awarded a penalty kick on the advice of the video referee.
The opportunity was wasted by Martin Braithwaite, who slid the ball next to Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic's goal.
At Barcelona, where Frenkie de Jong and Sergiño Dest started in the base, Lionel Messi was missing. The superstar had only just returned from a short Christmas holiday in Argentina, for which he had received permission from the club.
Eibar continued to offer Barcelona good party and took the lead after almost an hour via Kike García brutally. Just before that De Jong had missed an excellent opening goal.
At the end of the day, Barcelona did score. Substitute Ousmane Dembélé drew halfway through the second half for the equalizer.
There was nothing more for the home side, although Koeman's team came close to winning several times in the final stages. Trincão, among others, was unable to find the net.
Sevilla did excellent business earlier in the evening in the battle for the top spots in La Liga. After a victory over direct competitor Villarreal (2-0), the club climbed to fourth place.
It was in Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán soon hit for Seville. Under the watchful eye of Luuk de Jong, who only came within the lines in the closing stages, Luis Ocampos scored out of a penalty after only five minutes.
Nearly ten minutes after rest, Ocampos was at the base of the second hit of Seville. The Argentine intercepted the ball into midfield and found Youssef En-Nesyri, who remained calm and scored his fifth goal of the season.
In the sequel were the biggest opportunities for Villarreal. However, the team, which hadn't lost for three months before its visit to Seville, didn't score.