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Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez appeals
La Liga does not have goalline technology

Luis Suarez rescued a late draw for Barcelona at Real Betis, with the champions not being allowed a goal which crossed the line.

Betis dominated and hit the woodwork through Dani Ceballos and Ruben Castro before Alex Alegria put them ahead.

Barca were furious not to be level when Aissa Mandi hooked the ball away from about a foot behind the line, with La Liga not having goalline technology.

But Suarez converted Lionel Messi's pass to level in the last minute.

Barcelona are four points behind Real Madrid, who beat Real Sociedad 3-0 later on Sunday.

They are above third-placed Sevilla on goal difference, after Jorge Sampaoli's side lost 3-1 to Barca's city rivals Espanyol later on Sunday.

Technology or no technology?

La Liga is the only one of Europe's top five leagues not to have goalline technology - with the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 all bringing it in in the past few years.

The Spanish league has continually said it will not bring in the system because it is too expensive. But the calls for it will increase after Barcelona were denied a legitimate goal that could have a big impact in the title race.

Soon after Real Betis took the lead, Aleix Vidal's cross was sent towards goal by a Betis defender and Mandi slid the ball off the crossbar and away - but replays clearly showed it was well over the line.

Barca boss Luis Enrique was diplomatic when asked about the incident after the game. "Referees need help, be it cameras or whatever, for decisions which favours us or not," he said.

Betis give Barca a scare

Despite the fact Barcelona had a legitimate goal ruled out, the champions were fortunate - on the balance of play - to have even drawn.

Betis, who rise one place to 13th, had 17 shots to Barcelona's 10 and Ceballos hit the crossbar from outside the box before Castro smashed the post from close range - both at 0-0.

They had a glorious chance to seal the game at 1-0 when top scorer Castro was played in one-on-one as Barca took risks, but fired the ball straight at keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Line-ups

Real Betis

  • 13Adán
  • 12Piccini
  • 23Mandi
  • 20Pezzella
  • 21Tosca
  • 14Durmisi
  • 5dos Santos AraujoBooked at 67minsSubstituted forNavarroat 86'minutes
  • 7Rubén PardoSubstituted forDonkat 69'minutes
  • 10Ceballos
  • 19Alegría MorenoSubstituted forLeivaat 85'minutes
  • 24CastroBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 2Navarro
  • 3Martínez
  • 4González Cabrera
  • 11Leiva
  • 15Donk
  • 18Zozulia

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 22Vidal
  • 3PiquéBooked at 43mins
  • 24Mathieu
  • 19DigneSubstituted forAlbaat 68'minutes
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 59'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 4RakiticBooked at 70mins
  • 7TuranSubstituted forSergiat 68'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9L Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17Alcácer
  • 18Alba
  • 20Sergi
  • 21André Gomes
  • 23Umtiti
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
37,620

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Real Betis 1, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Betis 1, Barcelona 1.

Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Attempt blocked. André Gomes (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 1, Barcelona 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rafa Navarro (Real Betis).

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nahuel (Real Betis).

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Rafa Navarro replaces Petros.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Nahuel replaces Álex Alegría.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto tries a through ball, but Aleix Vidal is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Germán Pezzella.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Germán Pezzella (Real Betis).

Booking

André Gomes (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Rubén Castro (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álex Alegría (Real Betis).

Attempt saved. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dani Ceballos.

André Gomes (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Petros (Real Betis).

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 1, Barcelona 0. Álex Alegría (Real Betis) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Donk with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Rubén Castro (Real Betis) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Petros.

Foul by André Gomes (Barcelona).

Cristiano Piccini (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dani Ceballos (Real Betis) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Petros.

Booking

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Petros (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Ryan Donk replaces Rubén Pardo.

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Arda Turan.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Lucas Digne.

Booking

Petros (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 29th January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid19144151173446
2Barcelona20126252183442
3Sevilla20133443281542
4Atl Madrid20106434161836
5Real Sociedad2011273128335
6Villarreal2097428141434
7Ath Bilbao209562622432
8Celta Vigo209383133-230
9Espanyol207852827129
10Eibar208572829-129
11Las Palmas196762830-225
12Alavés205961720-324
13Real Betis206592131-1023
14Malaga205782834-622
15Valencia185492833-519
16Dep La Coruña204792532-719
17Leganés2046101533-1818
18Sporting Gijón2034132039-1913
19Osasuna2017122143-2210
20Granada2017121644-2810
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