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Neymar tipped to build on morale-boosting Barca goal

22 August 2013 17:25

Neymar's goal in the Supercopa de Espana first leg on Wednesday will boost his confidence, according to Barcelona team-mate Xavi.

The Brazilian forward, who arrived at Camp Nou from Santos in June, scored in the second half to help Barca avoid defeat in the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

As well as being important for the team, Xavi also feels his first competitive goal for the Spanish champions will settle Neymar.

"Neymar's goal was pretty important. It will give him confidence," said the 33-year-old.

Former Barcelona striker David Villa had given Atletico the lead after 12 minutes.

However, with the scores level ahead of the second leg, Xavi believes his side have every chance of coming out on top.

"Atletico are a strong rival and they defend really well," he added.

"We tried to do a good job both in the first and second half but it was not easy. Towards the end we found more space.

"We tried to be patient and we managed to score a goal that will help us in the return leg."

Barcelona are back in La Liga action on Sunday when they travel to Malaga having run out 7-0 winners over Levante in their league opener.

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Competition
Super Cup
Date
21 August 2013
Kick-off
23:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
1 - 1
Venue
Estadio Vicente Calderón (Madrid)
Attendance
54000

Goals

David Villa 12'
(assist by A. Turan) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
66' Neymar
 (assist by Dani Alves)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23
20 36'
3 39'
2
14
4 56'
10
6
9 12'
19
Coach: D. Simeone
# Player Bookings
1
22
3
18 65'
14
8
6
16 43'
10
9
7
Coach: G. Martino

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
27
21
11
1
5
22
24
# Player Bookings
4
11 66' 86'
17
2
12
13
20

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 16 +17 35
4 16 +16 31
5 16 +13 30
6 15 +8 30
7 16 +5 30
8 16 -1 20
9 16 -3 20
10 16 -4 20
11 16 -6 19
12 16 -8 17
13 16 -14 17
14 16 -5 15
15 16 -18 15
16 16 -11 13
17 16 -14 13
18 16 -16 13
19 16 -16 11
20 16 -19 10

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