Luis Enrique: Neymar red curious, but we are used to it

10 - Barcelona have not lost in their last 10 trips to La Rosaleda in La Liga (W8 D2), last losing there back in 2003 (5-1).

Antoine Griezmann's late goal gave Atletico Madrid a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid on Saturday, tightening the title race in the Spanish league.

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.

The dismissal was Neymar's first in his four seasons with Barcelona, and he became the first Barca player to see red in La Liga since October 25, 2015.

The Brazil global had brought down Diego Llorente with a late challenge, and then sarcastically applauded as he made his way off the pitch.

It was a Sandro goal in the 32nd minute that was enough for the hosts before Jony's goal in the 90th put the match to rest.

In addition, Adalberto Penaranda had a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for offside in the 72nd minute, with the linesman incorrectly raising his flag after the Colombian had latched onto a perfectly-timed through-ball to score.

Barca barely troubled Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni, although the Cameroonian worldwide did make two good saves to block two firm efforts from Luis Suarez.

"We have to win at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and hope that Real Madrid drop further points", the defender said on Movistar+.

Moreover, as well as missing next weekend's visit of Real Sociedad, Neymar could be banned for El Clasico against Real Madrid on April 23 after sarcastically applauding the officials after he was sent-off.

  • Julie Sanders