Barcelona opened up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga by overcoming rivals Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

Neymar's low finish and a sublime chip by Alexis Sanchez sent Real to a second defeat in four league games.

Brazil forward Neymar beat Diego Lopez with a right-foot finish before Sanchez settled the game with a 20-yard chip.

Real's Karim Benzema hit the bar before fellow substitute Jese Rodriguez scored a consolation in stoppage time after a strong run by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gareth Bale started but has still to complete a full 90 minutes for Real in La Liga after being substituted on the hour.

Fortress Nou Camp

Barcelona have won their past 20 home matches in La Liga, a run stretching 12 months.

The 24-year-old Wales international, a world record £85m signing from Tottenham last month, rarely threatened in his forward role and was booked for a foul on Barca defender Gerard Pique, one of seven cautions in a fiercely contested game.

Instead it was Barca's Neymar, who cost £36m less than Bale, who took centre stage. His third La Liga goal in 10 appearances settled a tense game that failed to live up to its billing as the most anticipated fixture in the world.

Real, now six points behind Barca 10 games into the season, did not come alive until after the interval.

By then the hosts had established the lead, Neymar's composed finish rounding off a free-flowing move involving Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.

Lionel Messi should have doubled the lead two minutes later but fired wide after sloppy play in the Real defence.

It said much about Real's performance that their first chance of the half did not arrive until the 44th minute, Valdes denying Germany midfielder Sami Khedira from close range with his knee.

Valdes again came to his side's rescue after Iniesta lost possession and Luka Modric carved out an opening for Ronaldo.

But after Benzema's terrific strike rattled the Barca bar in the 72nd minute and Ronaldo had a penalty appeal waved away after a challenge by Javier Mascherano, Real were undone by a moment of pure brilliance by substitute Sanchez.

The Chile international beat Lopez, who was standing off his line, from 20 yards with a perfect chip 12 minutes from time.

Real did find the net in stoppage time, Rodriguez firing home after being set up by Ronaldo.

But that failed to take the gloss off Barca's victory, their first over Real in four attempts in La Liga.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Barcelona

  • 01 Valdés
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 21 Adriano Booked
  • 16 Busquets Booked
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 03 Piqué
  • 06 Xavi
  • 08 Iniesta (Song - 77' )
  • 04 Fábregas (Sánchez - 70' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 11 Neymar (Pedro - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Montoya
  • 05 Puyol
  • 07 Pedro
  • 09 Sánchez
  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 17 Song
  • 24 Sergi

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo Booked
  • 04 Ramos Booked (Illarramendi - 56' )
  • 02 Varane
  • 03 Pepe
  • 06 Khedira Booked
  • 19 Modric
  • 11 Bale Booked (Benzema - 61' )
  • 22 Di María (Jesé - 76' )
  • 07 Ronaldo Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 09 Benzema
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 20 Jesé
  • 23 Isco
  • 24 Illarramendi
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Att: 98,761

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

5 6

Corners

4 3

Fouls

19 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 1.

90:00 +2:21

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Luka Modric.

90:00 +2:20

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

90:00 +1:30

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:30

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

90:00 +0:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 1. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo following a fast break.

88:19

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

88:19

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:46

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:46

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

86:19

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:19

Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

85:37

Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

85:24

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

85:24

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:42

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

84:42

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Neymar.

83:03

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

83:03

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:57

Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

81:01

Attempt missed. Pepe (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:21

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Alexandre Song.

79:02 Booking

Booking Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

77:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 0. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball following a fast break.

76:57

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

76:57

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Andrés Iniesta.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Ángel Di María.

75:07

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Pepe.

75:06

Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

73:54

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

72:27

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

72:27

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:25

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Xavi.

71:15

Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:12

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Luka Modric.

69:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Francesc Fábregas.

68:42

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:42

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

64:43

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

64:43

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:27 Booking

Booking Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:19

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:19

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

62:21

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:21

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

61:12

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema replaces Gareth Bale.

59:57

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:57

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

58:31 Booking

Booking Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:23

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:23

Foul by Sami Khedira (Real Madrid).

57:56

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:23

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Víctor Valdés.

57:21

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

56:42

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

56:42

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Sergio Ramos.

54:54

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

54:54

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:54

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

51:45

Attempt blocked. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:30

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

48:30

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:00

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:00

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

46:28

Hand ball by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

45:46

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Adriano.

45:00

Second Half begins Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0.

45:00 +0:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0.

44:42 Booking

Booking Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:36

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:36

Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

44:21

Offside, Barcelona. Adriano tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

43:03

Attempt saved. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

41:39

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

40:09

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:09

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

37:22

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

36:43

Offside, Barcelona. Xavi tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

35:32

Hand ball by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

34:45 Booking

Booking Adriano (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:41

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

34:41

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:38

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

33:38

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:33

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

32:33

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:34

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).

26:34

Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:50

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sami Khedira.

20:56

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

20:56

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:18

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

19:43

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:43

Foul by Sami Khedira (Real Madrid).

18:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 1, Real Madrid 0. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

17:09

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adriano.

14:43

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

14:23

Dangerous play by Neymar (Barcelona).

14:23

Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:25 Booking

Booking Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:20

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:20

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

10:55

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:52

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:52

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

6:58 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

6:51

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

6:51

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:49

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

5:49

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:35

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

1:11

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

1:11

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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