Neymar sees red as Sandro shocks former club Barca

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Neymar was given his marching orders as Barcelona missed out on a chance to sit level atop the La Liga table with Real Madrid after a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Malaga on Sunday morning

Some poor defending by Jeremy Mathieu allowed former Barca man Sandro Ramirez to open the scoring just after the half hour mark, with things going from bad to worse for the Catalans after Neymar was given his second yellow after a reckless challenge on Diego Llorente 20 minutes into the second period.

Jony rubbed salt in the wounds when he added a second in stoppage time as the reigning champions chased a way back into the game that never materialised. 

Having gone unbeaten at the Rosaleda since 2003 Barcelona had every reason to feel confident coming into the match, but a scoreless draw in their last encounter was an indication that Malaga would not be pushovers.

Barcelona looked like the team in charge from the opening whistle as Luis Suarez came close to giving the Catalans the lead in the 16th minute with a shot directed straight at goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

Recio almost gave the hosts the lead after taking a poor pass from opposing keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but shot wide from distance with the German fortunate not to be punished for his sloppy play.

Malaga eventually went a goal up when Sandro converted on the counter in the 32nd minute with a low shot after some unconvincing defending from Mathieu, while they almost found themselves two goals down after the break when Ter Stegen was forced to save a Juanpi shot after he was played through by Sandro.

Neymar almost evened the score at the hour mark with his shot hitting the bar before bouncing wide for a goalkick only for his frustrations to be compounded shortly after when he was given his second yellow card of the evening after a reckless challenge on Llorente.

Malaga got their second goal in the final minutes as Pablo Fornals coolly laid the ball off for Jony after yet another counter-attack and the substitute had no trouble firing home to seal the win.

Source Omnisport