La Liga goal-line technology debate reopens as Barcelona denied clear goal in Betis draw

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Barcelona’s title ambitions suffered a blow on Sunday afternoon as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Real Betis.

The draw leaves Luis Enrique’s side a point behind league leaders Real Madrid having played two games more, but the main talking point from the Estadio Benito Villamarin clash was arguably the decision not to award a goal after Jordi Alba’s effort appeared to cross the line.

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Losing 1-0 after Alex Alegria’s 75th minute strike, a period of intense Blaugrana pressure seemed to have paid dividends as Betis defender Mandi failed to clear Alba’s shot before it had entered the goal.

But with no goal-line technology available to La Liga officials, the ‘goal’ was not given, prompting a furious response from Luis Suarez and others.

Barcelona did eventually equalise through the Uruguayan, but crucially the decision meant that the visitors missed an opportunity to make further inroads into Real’s lead.

Los Blancos now face Real Sociedad at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu knowing a win would send them four points clear of their fierce rivals.

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