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Carrie Guzman
Мая 18, 2018

The Brazilians suffered a 3-1 loss to the Spanish champions in an global friendly played at the FNB stadium on Wednesday night.

Superstar Lionel Messi, who did not warm up with Barca before the game, was introduced with 20 minutes to go.

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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"It's not only special for me but to all South Africans, people in Africa, the whole world to see Barcelona playing against a South African team". But we also took the ball from them, pressed them, and they kicked the ball outside a few times.

A strong line up was fielded by Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona took an early lead in the third minute through Ousmane Dembele.

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

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The hastily arranged friendly match, which earned Barcelona three million euros from billionaire Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe, was ostensibly to mark 100 years since the birth of Mandela.

"The match was originally fixed for Tuesday, 15 May 2018 but was postponed at the request of Mamelodi Sundowns", it said.

Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside.

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