Neymar and Luis Suarez played for the first time since their dramatic World Cup exits, with the Brazilian star scoring twice Monday and showing no signs of his devastating back injury in Barcelona’s 6-0 rout of Mexican champion Leon in a preseason tuneup.
Neymar (pictured) hadn’t played since fracturing a vertebra during the World Cup on July 4, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.
He was deemed fit to play hours before the game against Leon. The last time Suarez played he infamously bit an Italian opponent at the World Cup, drawing a four-month ban from competitive matches.
The Uruguayan striker, who has since transferred to Barcelona from Liverpool, was cheered by his new fans at Camp Nou during introductions. He entered as a substitute in the 75th minute to more applause.
Neymar set up Lionel Messi’s third-minute score before adding goals in the 12th and 44th minutes. He was substituted at halftime.
Suarez and Neymar were greeted warmly when introduced. The Uruguayan even received a smattering of “Suarez! Suarez!” chants from some fans, whose enthusiasm was exceeded only by that shown for Messi.