Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

Barcelona will face off Mamelodi Sundowns in front of a capacity crowd at the FNB Stadium, where Spain lifted the football World Cup in 2010.

Messi was then introduced but was a spectator as Sibusiso Vilakazi pulled one back for Sundowns, getting the better of Jasper Cillessen after managing to stay onside.

In what was the Catalans' second-to-last match of the season, their host on the night Sundowns denied kept Lionel Messi at bare but couldn't keep out Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

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Ernesto Valverde had been criticised for resting players from the thrilling 5-4 defeat to Levante that saw Barca's unbeaten LaLiga season come undone in the penultimate match of the season.

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

Ter Stegen, Semedo, Mina, Alena, Digne, Sergio, D Suarez, Rakitic Iniesta, Dembele, L Suarez. Gerard Pique and Philippe Coutinho were in the 11 for the second half and Messi joined the action near the end. Runway workers at South Africa's biggest airport temporarily abandoned their jobs to gather near the plane and cheer the team's arrival.

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