Razak Brimah's Mamelodi Sundowns To Host Barcelona In a Friendly Today

Razak Brimah's Mamelodi Sundowns To Host Barcelona In a Friendly Today

Tonight's match is part of celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a strong starting XI for the one-off fixture in Johannesburg as they looked to get over their disappointment of losing their unbeaten streak in La Liga following Sunday's 5-4 loss to Levante. That is the big question ahead of Wednesday's friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona.

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, owns the Sundowns and is the fifth-wealthiest South African billionaire, will pay Barcelona £2.6million for making the one-day trip.

Barcelona got off to the ideal start thanks to Ousmane Dembele in the third minute.

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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.

Ivorian Soumahoro was also at fault for the second goal, failing to cut off a Denis Suarez pass on 19 minutes and Luis Suarez made no mistake from close range.

Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside.

Up next for Barcelona is a home tie against Real Sociedad in their final league game of the season.

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