Sevilla beat Villarreal 2-0 at the Sanchez-Pizjuan earlier in the evening, leapfrogging their opponents in the process and paving the way for the Blaugrana to prove their comeback isn’t simply another false dawn.
Eibar face a tall order in Catalonia despite Barcelona’s poor form and the fact that Lionel Messi, nursing a knock, was in the stands. The Basques have lost eleven of their last 12 against the Blaugrana in all competitions.
The hosts could have taken the lead inside the first ten minutes. Ronald Araujo was deemed to have been fouled in the box after a lengthly VAR review, with the referee awarding a penalty that Martin Braithwaite went on to miss, pulling wide left.
Martin Braithwaite steps up to take on penalty duties in Messi's absence…and he drags it wide! 😬
Big missed opportunity early on for Barcelona 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/mATxMXyHwp
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