It was on Neymar’s shoulders to inspire Barcelona to victory against Malaga this afternoon.
Lionel Messi missed the game through an illness while Luis Suarez was suspended, meaning of Barca’s MSN attacking trio, only the N turned up at the Camp Nou.
Luis Enrique started Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan alongside the Brazilian but they weren’t good enough to break through a resilient Malaga defence. Turns out Messi and Suarez are pretty important to Barcelona - who would have thought it?
The away team were reduced to 10 men with little more than 20 minutes remaining yet still held on for a memorable point.
Barca, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to overtake Real Madrid atop La Liga. They will now wait to see who comes out on top in the Madrid derby this evening.
The home supporters were waiting for Neymar to produce a moment of magic and, although he didn’t score, he did perform one piece of skill that had the crowd off their seats.
With the ball bouncing away from goal, he ruined a Malaga defender with a delightful sombrero.
Check it out below.
A moment of silence for that poor Malaga player, please.
Twitter went mental
Twitter went wild following the 24-year-old’s delightful trickery.
Neymar shone - but it wasn't enough
Neymar put it an impressive performance this afternoon. According to WhoScored, he made five key passes, completed nine dribbles and drew five fouls.
But it wasn’t enough to prevent Malaga from leaving Catalonia with a point.
Messi missed out
Barcelona were dealt a blow in the morning when it became clear that Messi would miss out. According to the Mirror, the Argentine was vomiting and had to pull out of the squad just over an hour before the 3:15pm kick-off.
Neymar himself only trained once before the game after he returned from international duty with Brazil.
Enrique’s team will look to get back on track on Wednesday when they take on Celtic in the Champions League.