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Just in: Suarez’ strike not enough as Barcelona lose two precious points at Betis

Just in: Suarez’ strike not enough as Barcelona lose two precious points at Betis

Spanish giants Barcelona have missed a glorious chance to temporarily go top of the La Liga standings after losing two precious points at Real Betis.

Just in: Suarez’ strike not enough as Barcelona lose two precious points at Betis

The moment Alexander Alegria broke the deadlock

Luis Enrique’s men managed a last minute gasp to claim one point after their match against Real Betis ended 1 – 1.

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Barcelona who were third on the log with 41 points would have gone straight to the summit of the standings with a win.

As the game was heading for a goalless draw with a very stiff Betis defense denying the experienced Barcelona attackers, Betis' Alexander Alegria shot his side into the lead with barely 15 minutes left to play.

The highly entertaining fixture was filled with so much drama and controversies but a spectacular one happened in the 81st minute when what would have been an equalizer by the visitors was cleared off the line by Alin Tosca.

Just in: Suarez’ strike not enough as Barcelona lose two precious points at Betis

Alin Tosca clears the ball from his own net

Camera replays showed the ball had crossed the line but the referee gave 'no goal'.

Betis’ Ruben Castro would have sealed the win for the home team in the 83rd minute after he was left one-on-one against Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who eventually blocked the shot to help his side avoid defeat.

Barcelona’s persistence finally paid off in the 90th minute when Luis Suarez scored to ensure his side return home with some form of respect. It ended; Real Betis 1 – 1 Barcelona.

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Barcelona now move to second spot, but on better goal difference with Sevilla who dropped to third on 42 points.

With two games in hand, embattled Real Madrid who have lost form recently remain on top of the log with 43 points. They face Real Sociedad on Sunday night, January 29.

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