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Barcelona beat Mamelodi Sundowns

18 May 2018, 10:51 | Charlene Valdez

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The Brazilians suffered a 3-1 loss to the Spanish champions in an worldwide friendly played at the FNB stadium on Wednesday night.

Lionel Messi didn't start but drew a roar from the crowd as big as any other on the night when he got up off the bench and started to warm up 20 minutes into the second half.

There is still uncertainty over the friendly match between Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and La Liga champions Barcelona billed to take place next week.

South Africa has been awash with Lionel Messi fever for the past three days as the Argentina star made a fleeting visit with his Barcelona team.

"We came to play football and to honour Nelson Mandela, someone who was very close to the hearts of all Spaniards".


SA league champions Sundowns host their Spanish counterparts in the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup encounter and the uncertainty over Messi's availability had been a huge source of unease for the nation's soccer lovers.

Earlier, Percy Tau had missed a great opportunity to beat Ter Stegen in Barca goal while Denis Suarez headed against the post off Dembele cross.

Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside.

"The match was originally fixed for Tuesday, 15 May 2018 but was postponed at the request of Mamelodi Sundowns", it said.

More sloppy defending gave Barcelona a third goal on 67 minutes when an interception set up Gomes to fire past substitute goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.



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