Referee botches two calls in one play in Barcelona draw

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Barcelona was forced to fight back to a 1-1 draw with Real Betis, further complicating their chances for the La Liga title. It probably shouldn’t have ended that way.

With 14 minutes to go, there was a ridiculous miss by the referee that left Barcelona absolutely livid. Chasing a ball into the box, Neymar was ripped down to the ground with a choke hold, but the referee was somehow left unmoved.

With play continuing despite Neymar laying on his back, Jordi Alba followed up the chance, but under pressure from another defender, the ball was poked on net. With the goalkeeper out, Betis defender Aissa Mandi was there to clear the ball off the line.

Except, the ball had clearly crossed the line, by a wide margin, before Mandi cleared the ball. No goal was given.

Barcelona would eventually get an equalizer in the 90th minute, leaving the match with a point on a 1-1 draw. However, they will feel robbed of the chance to pull out a winner after clearly earning the point 14 minutes earlier.

The draw leaves Barcelona two points back of Real Madrid at the top of the table, with Los Blancos still owning a game in hand as they are set to host Real Sociedad later this afternoon.