Barcelona salvages late draw against Betis in Spanish league

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2017 09:32 PM
Barcelona salvages late draw against Betis in Spanish league
Barcelona's, Neymar, top, and Betis' Cristiano Piccini challenge for the ball during La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Betis at the Benito Villamarin stadium, in Seville, Spain on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi set up Luis Suarez's 90th-minute equalizer to help Barcelona salvage a 1-1 draw at Real Betis Sunday, but the result could leave the Catalan club even further adrift of the Spanish league lead.

Real Madrid, which has a game in hand, can open a four-point gap if it beats Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium later on Sunday.

Sevilla can move three points in front of Barcelona if it wins at Espanyol.

Messi sent a perfect through ball to Suarez inside the area and the striker found the low right corner as the goalkeeper charged from the net.

Barcelona should have been awarded an earlier equalizer when the officiating crew failed to see a ball that clearly crossed the goal line before being cleared by a defender.

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