Neymar rescues Barcelona as injured Lionel Messi limps off against Atletico

In Messi's absence, Neymar was the man to rescue the Spanish champions as he came off the bench to head home Dani Alves' cross 25 minutes from time.

updated: August 22, 2013 08:44 IST
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Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona as the Catalans were held 1-1 by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but there was another injury worry for Lionel Messi as he was forced off at half-time.

David Villa had given the hosts the perfect start when he netted against his old side in spectacular fashion after just 12 minutes.

Barca then struggled to find their rhythm against a dogged Atletico side and were dealt a huge blow when Messi failed to reappear for the second-half due to a hamstring injury.

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