Messi and Barcelona teammates beat Sundowns to win Mandela Trophy

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Messi and Barcelona teammates beat Sundowns to win Mandela Trophy

The Spanish giants kept their end of the deal in fielding all their star players as they defeated the Absa Premiership champions in a Mandela Centenary Cup match on Wednesday.

An attendance of 75,000 was recorded in at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg South, Africa as Barcelona entertained the crowd with their star players. They surprised us a little bit because they were very fast.

However, it took the Catalans manager Ernesto Valverde 65 minutes to finally indicate to Messi to start warming up after continuous calls from the crowd to bring on the 30-year-old.

Sibusiso Vilakazi scored Sundowns' goal late on but Barca was in cruise control. 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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He came to the U.S. from the Bahamas, hoping for great things but never expecting this would be the cards he was dealt. He said he would obviously welcome the chance to go back to Arizona, where he was born and raised.

A defensive mix up from Sundowns allowed Luis Suarez to double Barcelona's lead in the 19th minute, through a pass by Denis Suarez. The morale of the Sundowns team was also affected and the mistakes continued to amount.

This time round, Kennedy Mweene was in goal after replacing Onyango. "We hope to return soon". It wasn't long before Valverde introduced sensational striker Lionel Messi into the lovely game much to the thrill of the crowd. He said after the match that they have paid their school fees. Both coaches expressed their gratitude regardless of the results.

The game was to celebrate the posthumous100th birthday of African icon Nelson Mandela.

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