Neymar was dispatched for Barcelona as they shed at Malaga and failed in their bid to go similar on points with La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
The existing Spanish champs were offered a boost after Real’s 1-1 draw with city competitors Atletico earlier.
Nevertheless, a first-half strike from ex-Barcelona onward Sandro Ramirez and a late effort from Jony Rodriguez finished their hopes.
Forward Neymar was dispatched in the 65th min after getting a 2nd yellow.
The Brazil international – with 15 objectives for Barca this season in all competitions – had actually reduced Diego Llorente with a late difficulty, and afterwards sarcastically praised as he made his means off the pitch.
The 25-year-old is readied to be suspended for the next organization video game versus Genuine Sociedad on 15 April. But he might get a longer restriction if his reaction to the red card is regarded as contempt of the authorities, which would certainly suggest he would certainly miss the possibly season-defining El Clasico at the Bernabeu on 23 April.
Barca hardly troubled Malaga caretaker Carlos Kameni, although the Cameroon international did make two good conserves to block two firm initiatives from Luis Suarez.
Malaga, that began the match in 15th area, looked far more harmful, especially on the counter-attack. They took the lead in the 32nd minute when Sandro – who left for Malaga this summertime – fired previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
In the second half they had actually a goal disallowed when Adalberto Penaranda was wrongly flagged offside before they ultimately scored their second. Pablo Fornals’ square round discovered Rodriguez, who slotted in from 10 backyards out.
The loss indicates Barcelona remain on 69 factors, 3 behind Actual that have a game in hand.