Friday, 21 September, 2018

Lionel Messi Included in Barcelona Squad for Friendly vs. Mamelodi Sundowns

Razak Brimah's Mamelodi Sundowns Set To Face Barcelona In A Friendly Today Lionel Messi Included in Barcelona Squad for Friendly vs. Mamelodi Sundowns
Kristopher Love | 16 May, 2018, 23:42

"It is an honour to be invited to celebrate the 100 years that Nelson Mandela was born I think the people enjoyed it very much watching his favourite players playing".

Barcelona will start the match against Mamelodi Sundowns without talisman Lionel Messi who has to settle for a place on the substitutes bench.

His every touch drew huge applause and Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse was beaming after the final whistle having exchanged shirts with the Argentine maestro.

Barcelona are set to arrive in South Africa on Wednesday morning on the day of the clash and will fly out back to Spain after the conclusion of the game.

Leaders from across the world were in South Africa for his funeral. I would like to thank the president [Patrice Motsepe] for making it happen.

The match came three days after Barcelona suffered a stunning 5-4 defeat at lowly Levante in their second last La Liga match, robbing them of a chance to complete the season unbeaten.

The Spanish champions then doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Denis Suarez fed his namesake, Luis Suarez, who made no mistake when one-on-one with Denis Onyango.

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

However, Barcelona were still finding holes in the Premieship champions' defence at will and Kekana had to clear a Dembele effort off his own line, while Denis Suarez almost added a third when his header hit the bar six minutes before half-time in Soweto.