BARCELONA, SPAIN – Neymar scored one goal and set up Alexis Sanchez’s winning chip shot in the 78th minute Saturday, carrying Barcelona past Real Madrid 2-1 in the first “Clasico” since the defending champions added Neymar and Real signed Gareth Bale.
With Lionel Messi oddly quiet for Barcelona, Neymar opened the scoring in the 19th minute from close range after a pass from Andres Iniesta. Two minutes earlier, Neymar struck the ball into the arms of Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez with the game’s first shot.
“Scoring a goal in a Clasico is very special,” Neymar said. “It’s a game that everyone wants to play. It was like a dream come true.”
Neymar received an ovation when he was substituted with six minutes to go after a match in which the Brazilian striker clearly outshone Bale.
Neymar joined Barcelona this offseason for $76 million.