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Eibar vs Barcelona live blog, full-time: Lionel Messi saves Barça from losing league finale

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FULL-TIME, Eibar 2-2 Barcelona: Barça were depressingly bad in the second half, which is a fitting end to the season. They deserved to lose at least 3-0, if not more, but they have Messi so they didn’t lose. Somehow.


SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Eibar 2-2 Barcelona: Last 45 minutes of La Liga right here. Let’s make it count.


HALF-TIME, Eibar 2-2 Barcelona: Really fun first half for the neutral. Eibar dominated and were the better team for 44 minutes, but Barça scored twice in 60 seconds and are somehow still alive in this.


GOAL, Eibar 2-2 Barcelona (De Blasis 45’): Eibar play a long ball towards the box, Jasper Cillessen heads it away but is late coming back to his goal, and Pablo De Blasis scores an unbelievable volley from 35 yards. Incredible goal, another hilarious way to concede.


GOAL! Eibar 1-2 Barcelona (Messi 32’): Barça score again! Less than a minute after the equalizer, Ivan Rakitic plays a beautiful long pass along the ground to Messi, who is alone in front of goal and waits for the right moment to chip the keeper and give the visitors the lead.


GOAL! Eibar 1-1 Barcelona (Messi 31’): Barça equalize! Arturo Vidal plays a beautiful through ball to Lionel Messi, who shows his usual composure in front of goal and finds the back of the net.


GOAL, Eibar 1-0 Barcelona (Cucurella 20’): Eibar take the lead after a cross into the box, a slip from Gerard Piqué and a nice finish from Barça loanee Marc Cucurella, who scores and celebrates against his parent club. Eibar have dominated the game and deserve the lead.


KICKOFF! Eibar 0-0 Barcelona: All right, let’s end the season on a high.


LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Starting XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Malcom (4-4-2)

Bench: Iñaki Peña, Umtiti, Wagué, Aleñá, Puig, Ruiz, Pérez

EIBAR

Starting XI: Dmitrovic; De Blasis, Oliveira, Ramis, Cote; Orellana, Escalante, Jordán, Cucurella; Enrich, Charles (4-4-2)

Bench: Riesgo, Calavera, Álvarez, Diop, León, Cardona, Kike


WELCOME TO THE IPURÚA STADIUM!!! The last match of the La Liga season takes place at the home of Eibar, who welcome Barcelona for what should be very fun match. The champions play their last game before the Copa del Rey Final, and will use this an opportunity to prepare to face Valencia next week. This will be a great 90 minutes, and you can join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)


MATCH INFO

Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 38

Date/Time: Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa, Eibar, Spain

Referee: José Luís Munuera Montero

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA, Canada, Spain), Eleven Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA, Canada, Spain), others


Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!