Luis Suarez Plays First Match for Barcelona, Neymar Nets Brace on Return

Luis Suarez and Neymar were playing their first game since the FIFA World Cup earlier this year. Suarez is currently serving a four-month ban from competitive football while Neymar was out due to injury.

updated: August 19, 2014 11:30 IST
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Luis Suarez in action for Barcelona against Leon at Camp Nou.


Barcelona: Luis Suarez and Neymar played their first match since their memorable exits from the World Cup on Monday, with the Brazil star scoring two goals to help Barcelona rout Mexican champion Leon 6-0 in a pre-season friendly at Camp Nou. (Life after Suarez starts with a win for Liverpool)

The last time Suarez played he infamously bit an Italian opponent at the World Cup, adding a four-month ban from competitive matches to his growing list of punishments for misconduct.

Barcelona's fans, however, appeared ready to give Suarez yet another chance. Suarez, who transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool after the World Cup, was cheered by his new fans during the team's presentation and went on as a substitute in the 75th minute to another round of applause. (Suarez desperate to start playing again: Iniesta)

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