Neymar scores, Messi hurt as Barcelona ties Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) - Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona to secure a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after Lionel Messi left injured in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Atletico's David Villa enjoyed the perfect reunion with his former club Barcelona by netting well-taken opener in the 12th minute, having being sold following the arrival of Neymar this offseason.
But after Messi was substituted at halftime with a left thigh problem, Neymar went on in the 59th and seven minutes later headed in the equalizer from a pass by Dani Alves.
The 21-year-old Neymar joined the Spanish champions from Brazilian club Santos for 57 million euros in June, the eighth most expensive signing in football history.
The return leg will be played next Wednesday.