Neymar marked his first Clasico with a goal.
What contrasting fortunes in the first half for Neymar and Gareth Bale.
The Brazilian was a constant threat throughout, with most of Barca’s attacking coming down Madrid’s right-hand side.
You could sense the panic in the away defence each time the ball was pinged over on the diagonal, Sergio Ramos providing the extra cover.
There was nothing he or the rest of the Madrid defence could do as Neymar squeezed the ball into the bottom corner via the aid of a deflection.
Bale’s first threatening run deep into Barca territory didn’t arrive until the 25th minute, the finish high and wide.
A booking for a high foot against Gerard Pique in the last minute of the first half really summed up his first 45.
It didn't get much better for the Welshman, subbed off for Karim Benzema on the hour mark.
Neymar continued with his forays in the second period, but his performance tailed off towards the end of the second half. A standing ovation when he was subbed on 84 minutes was a just reward for his effort.
Neymar 1, Bale 0.