BARCELONA, Spain - Neymar scored in his first El Clasico and set up Alexis Sanchez for an exquisite decider as Barcelona beat fierce rivals Real Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou in the Spanish league on Saturday.
With Lionel Messi oddly quiet, Neymar opened in the 19th minute from close range after receiving Andres Iniesta's pass as the Brazil striker outshone fellow newcomer and adversary Gareth Bale.
"Scoring a goal in a clasico is very special," Neymar said.
"It's a game that everyone wants to play. It was like a dream come true."
While Neymar has lived up to his 57-million-euro transfer this summer, questions over the wisdom of Madrid's 100 million euros payout for Bale will continue after he failed to produce a shot on goal before being replaced by Karim Benzema with half an hour to go.
Benzema went on to hit the woodwork as Madrid threatened to equalise before Alexis took Neymar's pass and sealed the victory in the 78th with a brilliant chipped shot.
Substitute Jese Rodriguez got Madrid's consolation goal in injury time after a lightning counterattack.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, also making his clasico debut, was careful not to overpraise Neymar, while also giving credit to Messi for his work in defense.