Barcelona FC Arrives In South Africa

Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

Barcelona to Play Mamelodi Sundowns in Mandela Centenary Cup

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.

His every touch drew huge applause and Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse was beaming after the final whistle having exchanged shirts with the Argentine maestro.

"It is a pleasure to be in South Africa and I believe this huge crowd thoroughly enjoyed what both sides produced". They surprised us a little bit because they were very fast.

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

Barcelona will start the match against Mamelodi Sundowns without talisman Lionel Messi.

Manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a strong starting XI for the one-off fixture in Johannesburg as they looked to get over their disappointment of losing their unbeaten streak in La Liga following Sunday's 5-4 loss to Levante. Percy Tau and Khama Billiat will again lead the attack for the hosts.

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

They were greeted by hundreds of fans as they made their way to their bus, with some fans chanting "Messi!" One of the substitutes, Andre Gomes, added Barca's third after good work by Paco Alcacer.

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