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Neymar sent off as Sandro shocks former club and dents Barca's title hopes

Barcelona missed the chance to move level on points with Real Madrid.

NEYMAR WAS SENT off as Barcelona’s title hopes suffered a shock setback with a 2-0 defeat against Malaga in Saturday’s La Liga encounter at La Rosaleda.

Luis Enrique’s men would have moved level on points with Real Madrid with a win following the capital side’s earlier draw against Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans endured a miserable evening as they returned home empty-handed instead.

Sandro Ramirez dealt his former club’s hopes of going top of the league a blow before the break when he made the most of some poor defending from Jeremy Mathieu.

And things went from bad to worse after the interval with a second booking for Neymar – his first red card in LaLiga – following a reckless foul on Diego Llorente near the corner flag.

Jony then added a second in stoppage time at the end of counter-attack as the champions chased a way back into the game that never materialised.

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