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Barcelona topples Mamelodi Sundowns in friendly

Barcelona topples Mamelodi Sundowns in friendly

Barcelona will play an worldwide friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns, the champions of South Africa's Premier Soccer League, in Johannesburg on May 16 to mark 100 years since the birth of former president Nelson Mandela, the club announced on Thursday.

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

Barcelona take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly clash as part of the events to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes scored for the Spanish league and cup winners before Sibusiso Vilakazi pulled one goal back before a sell-out 80,000 Soweto crowd.

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Barca now return to Spain to prepare for their final game of the season at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

But the likes of goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta will run out at the beginning of the match.

Supporters at the FNB Stadium - formerly known as Soccer City - grew impatient in the second half, though, when Valverde made 11 changes but left Messi on the bench. 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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