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Football: Barca held by Eibar as injured Messi watches on

Wednesday, 2020-12-30 10:24:03
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Eibar - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 29, 2020 Eibar's Damian Kadzior in action with FC Barcelona's Miralem Pjanic and Junior Firpo. (Reuters)
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Barcelona suffered in the absence of the injured Lionel Messi as they drew 1-1 at home to struggling Eibar in La Liga on Tuesday after Martin Braithwaite missed a penalty for the Catalans.

* Manchester United climbed two places up to second in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford scored deep into stoppage time to give them a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

* Winless Sheffield United's dreadful Premier League season continued as the Blades fell to a 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday.

* Southampton missed a chance to move into the Premier League top four as they were held 0-0 at home by resilient West Ham United on Tuesday (Dec 29).

* A farcical early own goal from Romaine Sawyers summed up a miserable day for West Bromwich Albion as the Premier League strugglers were thumped 5-0 by Leeds United on Tuesday (Dec 29).

* Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette scored 43 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute to secure a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday (Dec 29).

* The Premier League confirmed on Tuesday (Dec 29) that 18 players and staff have tested positive for coronavirus, plunging the continuation of the season amid a mass spike in infection rates across England into doubt.

* Gareth Bale's stop-start second spell at Tottenham has been hit by a fresh injury problem with the Welshman expected to be out for at least two weeks due to a calf injury.

* The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells that was scheduled to be held in California in March has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, tennis governing body ATP said on Tuesday.

* Tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, ranked second and fifth in the world respectively, have been re-elected to the ATP players' council, whose term runs until June 2022.

* Gilles Simon, Marcus Daniell and Pablo Andujar were voted as the new members on the 2021-22 ATP Players Council, the governing body for men's tennis said on Tuesday, days after world number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the elections.

* Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday confirmed the sacking of coach Thomas Tuchel, who had been at the club since July 2018, but did not name his successor. Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino is widely reported to be the favourite to become the next PSG coach.