Barcelona include Messi, Iniesta in squad for Mamelodi Sundowns friendly

Barcelona include Messi, Iniesta in squad for Mamelodi Sundowns friendly

Barcelona include Messi, Iniesta in squad for Mamelodi Sundowns friendly

South Africans thronged to Soccer City stadium on a cold night to see world superstar Lionel Messi and their wishes were granted when he came off the bench on 74 minutes.

Lionel Messi, who was rested for the Levante loss, has travelled to South Africa to face Mamelodi Sundowns.

The game, which was played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, was part of events to commemorate what would have been late Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. They surprised us a little bit because they were very fast.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was proud of his team and called the match a "great learning experience" for him and the players.


"So, they were enthusiastic and I think that they had several opportunities".

Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals and Andre Gomes added another after the interval to help the Spanish champions coast past its South African counterpart.

Up next for Barcelona is a home tie against Real Sociedad in their final league game of the season.

And the Catalan giants got off to a flying start as Dembele received the ball from outside the Sundowns area and curled his shot into the top left-hand corner to give Barca the lead after just two minutes.

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