Barcelona end a turbulent 2021 with a disappointing draw against 10-man Sevilla

Barcelona ended a turbulent 2021 with a disappointing draw with 10-man Sevilla in La Liga.

Barcelona ended a turbulent 2021 with a disappointing draw with 10-man Sevilla in La Liga on Tuesday night.

Xavi’s men were unable to secure a win that would have elevated them to fourth place.

Sevilla took the lead after Ivan Rakitic rolled the ball into the area for Alejandro Gomez’s first-time finish.

Before half-time, Ronald Araujo’s header leveled the score, and despite Jules Kounde’s dismissal

Kounde throwing the ball at Alba earning him a red card

for throwing the ball at Jordi Alba, Barca were unable to capitalize on the one-man deficit.

Araujo’s second goal of the season for Barcelona

With a man advantage, the visitors created chances, but Gavi’s free header missed the target, and Ousmane Dembele curled against the post with six minutes remaining.

Luuk de Jong, on loan from Ajax, came on as a substitute and had a late chance to score against his parent club, but his weak header was straight at Sevilla goalkeeper Bono.

Xavi’s side do move up to seventh, while second-placed Sevilla fail to close the gap on league leaders Real Madrid, falling five points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Barcelona’s next game is against Mallorca on 2 January, and they will be hoping for better fortunes in 2022 after losing superstar Lionel Messi on a free transfer, sacking manager Ronald Koeman, and being eliminated from the Champions League group stage this year.

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