MADRID, Spain -- Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona to secure a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after Lionel Me
MADRID, Spain -- Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona to secure a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after Lionel Mein Enter the Beast
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MADRID, Spain -- Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona to secure a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after Lionel Messi left the field injured in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Atleticos David Villa enjoyed the perfect start against his former club by netting well-taken opener in the 12th minute. He left Barcelona following the arrival of Neymar in the off-season. Neymar went on in the 59th with the Catalan club struggling in attack, 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. And after two appearances, both as a substitute as he recovers from anemia, he has his first goal. "My first goal is a thrilling moment," said Neymar. "Im very happy because I went on and was able to help the team in a tough moment. We got a good result and now we need to finish it off at home." The return match will be played at Barcelonas Camp Nou next Wednesday after this weekends league fixtures. Villa opened the scoring with a beautiful goal that he helped create with his passing before finishing off with a right-foot volley. After Atletico had recovered the ball, Villa combined with Arda Turan on the left flank before slicing the Turkey midfielders cross between diving goalkeeper Victor Valdes and the post. "Im happy because (scoring) is what Im asked to do," Villa said. "In the first half I was able to put one in. But the draw is a shame because we worked and ran hard against a very good team. Too bad we couldnt get a better result. The tie is wide open." In the first half, Atleticos packed midfield and physical play shut down Barcelonas attack that had cruised to a 7-0 win over Levante on Sunday, but against the Copa del Rey holders was limited to Pedro Rodriguezs timid shot before Villas goal. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino may have insisted he wanted his team to recover its pressing defence from the early years of Pep Guardiola, but early on it was Diego Simeones team that was more intense in closing in with multiple defenders. "Im proud of my players. We played a great first half," said Simeone. "I would even dare to say that it was the one of the best first halves of a final that we have ever played." Messi was replaced at halftime with a left thigh problem. Although he showed no apparent signs on injury in the first 45 minutes, Cesc Fabregas took his place after the break. On Sunday, Martino took Messi off after he had scored two goals in the league opener, but this time the club said his exit was "due to precaution for pain in the back of his left thigh caused by a knock." Messi had a muscle injury in his left leg last week and had a nagging right hamstring strain that ruled him out of several games at the end of last season. Barcelona had begun to show some flashes in attack when Neymar replaced Pedro Rodriguez in the 59th, but it was Atletico forward Diego Costa who drew a save from Valdes moments later after a team buildup more reminiscent of the league champions passing style. With the visitors apparently stalled once again, Dani Alves worked a one-two with Xavi Hernandez on the right flank before picking Neymar out charging in at the far post. The Brazil striker jumped over his marker and headed the ball under goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Barcelona lifted but was unable to find the winner and had to settle for the away-goal advantage. "Neymars goal gave us life," Xavi said. "Its too bad that Messi got hurt. It looks like it isnt much." <a href="http://www.footballbuccaneersprostore.com/Youth-O-J-Howard-Elite-Jersey/">O. J. Howard Jersey</a>. "I wasnt waving the pom-poms to be involved with it to start with," Carlyle said after a 5-2 win over Carolina on Sunday night. "Its been a trying time. 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