Barcelona beat South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns in friendly match


Star striker Lionel Messi and midfielder Andres Iniesta have been named in the 23-man Barcelona squad for a friendly match against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Mandela Centenary Cup.

Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes scored for Barcelona against the South African league victor in a game that formed part of South Africa's celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013.

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Sundowns managed to pull a goal back through Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 76th minute.

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

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That feat was last achieved in 1932 by Real Madrid, the arch-rivals of Barca, when the season comprised 18 fixtures compared with 38 now.

Suarez made it 2-0 in the 19th minute before Andres Gomes scored on 66 minutes to make it 3-0.

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There was to be no repeat of that result at the FNB Stadium, where the lively Dembele punished a poor defensive pass to open the scoring in the third minute, before Luis Suarez tucked home a second from inside the box 16 minutes later. Percy Tau and Khama Billiat will again lead the attack for the hosts.