Barcelona beat Sundowns to win Mandela Centenary Cup

May 17, 2018 | African News | 0 comments

Spanish giant, FC Barcelona walked away comfortable with a 3-1 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup clash on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez was among the goalscorers as Barcelona proved too strong for South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ousmane Dembele and Andre Gomes also scored for the Spanish champions before Sibusiso Vilakazi replied for the hosts at Soccer City, near Johannesburg.

Barca forward Lionel Messi came off the bench to a standing ovation.

The match is part of South Africa’s celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

The Sundowns had to persuade Guinean club Horoya, and the Confederation of African Football, to postpone their Champions League tie by a week in order to play.

Barcelona concludes their domestic campaign against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Teams:

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Arendse, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Mabunda, Kekana, Vilakazi, Billiat, Zwane, Tau.

Subs: Mweene, Manyisa, Sirino, Madisha, Zulu, Sekotlong, Brockie, Lebese, Morena, Ngoma, Nascimento.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Digne, Mina, Rakitic, Busquets, D.Suarez, Alena, Iniesta, L.Suarez, Dembele.

Subs: Cillessen, Piqué, Messi, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, S.Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Galarreta i J.Cuenca.

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