A spectacular performance from Neymar ensured Barcelona didn’t miss the injured Lionel Messi as he scored four to help the European champions come from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano 5-2 on Saturday.
Real Madrid lead Barca on goal difference at the top of the table after Cristiano Ronaldo became the Spanish giants’ all-time leading scorer in a comfortable 3-0 win over Levante earlier on Saturday.
Javi Guerra had given Rayo a shock lead at the Camp Nou, but Neymar twice converted from the penalty spot after he had been brought down to give the hosts a half-time lead.
The Brazilian then struck twice in a minute after the break and teed up Luis Suarez to rifle home a fifth before Jozabed pulled a goal back for Rayo as Barca got back to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla last time out.
Villarreal can move top once more if they beat Celta Vigo on Sunday.
“I’m very happy for the victory and how we played. Everyone deserves congratulations,” Neymar told Canal Plus.
“It was very difficult, they have quality players that play their football. We struggled a bit, but we did our job.”
Barca should have had the game wrapped up by half-time against an incredibly open Rayo defence as Tono made brilliant one-on-one saves from Ivan Rakitic and Suarez in the first 10 minutes.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead on 14 minutes when Manchester United reject Bebe’s driven cross was turned in by Guerra.
Barca responded immediately as Neymar was chopped down by Diego Llorente and he dusted himself down before sending Tono the wrong way from the spot.
Neymar had the ball in the net again moments later, but the goal was ruled out as Suarez was adjudged to have interfered with Tono’s view from an offside position.
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Source:: PM Newspaper