Neymar bags first goal for FC Barcelona in 7-1 Thai rout

Even as Neymar opened his Barcelona account, Lionel Messi too scored a brace. Barcelona are the fourth big name side to travel to Bangkok this summer hot on the heels of English Premier League giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool who have all toured the kingdom.

updated: August 07, 2013 21:03 IST
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Bangkok: Brazilian wonderkid Neymar scored his first goal in Barcelona colours as the Catalan giants swatted aside Thailand 1-7 in a friendly in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Spain international Pedro notched a neat hat-trick, while Argentine superstar Lionel Messi scored a brace -- including one from the penalty spot -- in a first half appearance that draw screams of adulation from the near 50,000-capacity crowd at Bangkok's Rajamangala stadium.

Alexis Sanchez scored the visitor's seventh and final goal as a second half substitute as new manager Gerardo Martino watched his charges cruise to a routine win over a plucky but callow Thai side.

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