Messi, Suarez, Iniesta star as Barcelona win in South Africa

Percy Tau & Tiyani Mabunda Mamelodi Sundowns May 2018

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Cape Town - Superstars Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta were just some of the names included as Spanish giants Barcelona named their squad to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the Mandela Centenary Cup.

In what was the Catalans' second-to-last match of the season, their host on the night Sundowns denied kept Lionel Messi at bare but couldn't keep out Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

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The high-profile global club friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Spanish powerhouses FC Barcelona is scheduled for tonight.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has picked arguably his strongest squad for this assignment, including Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, German keeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Gerard Pique and former Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho.

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La Liga's newly crowned champions then doubled their lead on the 19th-minute mark after Suarez was put through in on goal to calmly slot the ball past Sundowns keeper Denis Masinde Onyango to make it 2-0.

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

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Nevertheless, Barcelona, a team with a huge following in SA are expected to fly out directly after the match at FNB Stadium, as they are to play their last league match of the La Liga season at the Camp Nou, against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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