Barcelona’s Neymar (left) is challenged by Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane during their Spanish first division “Clasico” soccer match at Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona yesterday.
BARCELONA: Neymar stole the show from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale when the Brazilian’s strike set Barcelona on the way to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in yesterday’s ‘Clasico’ at the Nou Camp.
In a La Liga match watched by millions around the world, Barca landed a blow in the title race when Neymar scored a clinical goal in the 19th minute before substitute Alexis Sanchez netted with a brilliant chip 11 minutes from time in the 167th league meeting between the bitter rivals.
Jese came off the bench to pull a goal back in the first minute of added time but it was little more than a consolation for Real, who were outplayed for long periods and slip six points behind the champions with 10 matches played. Unbeaten Barca’s victory, their ninth in the league this season, puts them on 28 points ahead of third-placed Real at the top of the standings. REUTERS