Your Guide To The Sundowns Vs Barcelona Match At FNB Stadium

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

Barcelona will play an global friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns, the champions of South Africa's Premier Soccer League, in Johannesburg on May 16 to mark 100 years since the birth of former president Nelson Mandela, the club announced on Thursday.

"They are forever a big team, they are forever a team that scores goals, so you've got to respect that", he added.

The recently crowned La Liga champions confirmed on Tuesday night that they were bringing stars such as Lionel Messi‚ Gerard Piqué‚ Andres Iniesta‚ Luis Suárez‚ Jordi Alba‚ Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé and goalkeeper Ter Stegen to FNB Stadium.

The La Liga side though were giving a shaky Sundowns defence headaches just about every time they attacked, and it was almost 2-0 moments later when a quick counter ended with Luis Suarez dragging a shot narrowly wide of the far post.

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

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Valverde made a host of the changes at half-time and eventually saw his side take a three-goal lead through Andre Gomes in the 67th minute, the midfielder making the most of a mix-up at the back.

The action slowed somewhat after the restart and the first clear chance of the second stanza fell to the Tshwane team on 52 minutes, Kekana's deflected effort saved by replacement keeper Jasper Cillessen.

Leaders from across the world were in South Africa for his funeral.

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