Barcelona's Neymar in danger of missing El Clásico following Málaga red card

Defeat leaves Barca still three points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga and Real also have a game in hand.

"The league is a bit more hard now". The 19-year-old versatile midfielder has since failed to make the breakthrough into Luis Enrique's side but could be ready for a new opportunity to prove his worth at Malaga.

Nothing went right for Barcelona.

In the 27th minute, he received his first caution for tying his shoe directly in front of a Malaga free kick.

Malaga already led at that point through former Barca youngster Sandro Ramirez and they completed a memorable night when Jony fired home from inside the area in the final minute.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

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The Clasico on April on April 23 was always likely to be a factor in the destination of this season's Spanish Liga title, but it has now taken on a different dimension in light of Barcelona's defeat to Malaga.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique had seen enough and made changes for the start of the second half as Iniesta and Sergi Roberto were sent on to replace Mathieu and Denis Suarez. If they would have won against Malaga, who are now in the 14th spot of the points table, they could have leveled on the points table with Real Madrid.

"Maybe where it's played could be important but away wins do happen in these games". We know how hard it would be and we began the game well. We had them pushed back and we made a costly error [for the first goal]. His team bent but never broke under the steady pressure by the star-studded Real.

Last month, Alaves' Alexis Ruano was given a three-game suspension after confronting both the referee and the fourth official, while in the second division Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita was given a two-game ban after verbally abusing the fourth official.

Romario believes Neymar is the best player in the world, ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The only other real sight of goal either side had came towards the end of the opening 45 minutes, with Juanpi blasting high into the stands from inside the box when surrounded by a number of opposition players. It travels to Bayern Munich for its European quarterfinal on Wednesday, and will likely do so without Pepe, who fractured two ribs and had to be substituted after his goal.

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