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Sundowns careless as Barcelona triumph

Sundowns careless as Barcelona triumph

Barcelona emerged winners on their first visit to Africa with a 3-1 win over South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB stadium on Wednesday.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly informed Barca chiefs to sell Portugal global Andre Gomes this summer.

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.

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse did not waste any time in swapping shirts with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi.

But Barcelona are yet to confirm if the match will take place and many think they are unlikely to do so given that the La Liga season is not yet over. But we also took the ball from them, pressed them, and they kicked the ball outside a few times.

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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was unable to speak on behalf of Barca.

A defensive mix up from Sundowns allowed Luis Suarez to double Barcelona's lead in the 19th minute, through a pass by Denis Suarez. However, Percy Tau managed to get a golden opportunity in the twelfth minute of the game with only the keeper to beat but failed to land it at the back of the net making the job of Barcelona's goalie Andre Ter Stegen a lot easier.

Denis Suarez rattled the woodwork with a header as Barcelona constantly threatened and turned over two goals ahead.

The Brazilians managed a consolation strike from Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 76th minute.

Valverde made 10 changes during half-time, but Messi was not among those introduced, leading the crowd to repeatedly chant "Messi, Messi, Messi".


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