MADRID, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Goals from Neymar and second half substitute Alexis Sanchez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at home to traditional rivals Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Stadium Saturday evening.
Jese Rodriguez scored a late consolation goal for Madrid, who may count themselves unlucky to return home empty handed after an excellent second half performance.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti produced a huge surprise with his line up, opting to play with central defender Sergio Ramos in midfield, Javier Carvajal at right back and Alvaro Arbeloa left on the subs' bench, alongside Karim Benzema.
With Alvaro Morata left in the stand, Ancelotti opted to play without a specialized striker and instead Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria formed a trio with the accent on pace.
There were no surprises in the Barca line up, where Cesc Fabrigas played as a false "9" and Gerard Pique, who had recovered from a pelvic injury, partnered Javier Mascherano in defense.
Barca carried the weight of the game, but suffered an early setback when Sergio Busquets was booked for challenging Angel di Maria from behind, although Ramos soon had his name taken after using his elbow on Neymar.
Madrid looked dangerous from set pieces with Carvajal crossing well for Bale to knock the ball down into the Barca box and were well-organized in midfield, happy to drop deep and deny Barca space.
However, on 19 minutes they went to sleep, allowing Andres Iniesta to advance towards the edge of their penalty area before giving the ball to Neymar whose right foot shot from a narrow angle took a deflection on its way past Diego Lopez and into the net.
Messi should have doubled the lead a minute later as he went clean through on goal, but Pepe worked back quickly a