FC Barcelona held by Eibar as injured Messi watches on

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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Eibar - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 29, 2020 Eibar's Damian Kadzior in action with FC Barcelona's Miralem Pjanic and Junior Firpo REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona, Dec. 29, 2020 FC Barcelona suffered, in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi, as they drew 1-1 at home to struggling Eibar in La Liga on Tuesday after Martin Braithwaite missed a penalty for the Catalans.

Eibar, who went into the game sitting one place above the relegation zone, took a shock lead in the 57th minute through striker Kike Garcia before FC Barcelona substitute Ousmane Dembele levelled 10 minutes later.

Messi had returned to Barcelona from Argentina earlier on Tuesday but watched from the stands as he is still recovering from an ankle problem.

While his side played well without him, they lacked the cutting edge he so often provides.

Braithwaite missed the target from the spot in the first half then had a goal ruled offside by VAR, while the Dane also missed a chance to grab the winner from point-blank range when the ball bounced off his chest on the rebound and squirmed wide.

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