La Liga: Dembele rescues Messi-less Barcelona; Ocampos drives Sevilla

Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona celebrates his goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar played at Camp Nou Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.

Sevilla 2-0 Villarreal

Lucas Ocampos converted an eighth-minute penalty and assisted Youssef En-Nesyri’s 53rd-minute marker as Julen Lopetegui’s men held it down at home to leapfrog their visitors.

Sevilla’s 26 points are the same as Villarreal, who has played two more matches. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid lead the league with 32 points.

Barcelona 1-1 Eibar

The Ousmane Dembele redemption tour played the Camp Nou again on Tuesday as the French winger notched a second-half equalizer for Messi-less Barca.

Martin Braithwaite missed an eighth-minute penalty and then had a goal taken away by VAR within 20 minutes.

Former Middlesbrough man Kike then put the visitors ahead in the 57th minute, but the lead lasted just 10 minutes as Junior Firpo’s cross sailed through the 18 for Dembele to slash home.

The 23-year-old Dembele is fresh off a hamstring injury and now has five goals and two assists in 621 minutes this season. He made just nine appearances last season.

Barcelona’s 25 points in 15 matches are good for sixth place, one point back of three teams and seven behind the Madrid sides.

Elsewhere

Cadiz 0-0 Real Valladolid

Levante 4-3 Real Betis

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