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

Barcelona arrive in South Africa May 2018

The cup is in place to commemorate the life of South Africa's former president, who died in December 2013 and would have turned 100 years old in July this year.

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

South Africans thronged to Soccer City stadium on a cold night to see world superstar Lionel Messi and their wishes were granted when he came off the bench on 74 minutes.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said: "If you look at the match and if you look at the result, you look at the goals you understand that this team [Barca] scores goals, they scored four goals yesterday".

"I'm proud of Masandawana, they played well they played the way I wanted them to play".

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

Barcelona: 1 Marc-André ter Stegen 2 Nelson Semedo 4 Ivan Rakitic 5 Sergio Busquets 6 Denis Suarez 8 Andres Iniesta (captain) 9 Luis Suarez 11 Ousmane Dembele 19 Lucas Digne 24 Yerry Mina 26 Carles Alena.

Valverde made 10 changes during half-time, but Messi was not among those introduced, leading the crowd to repeatedly chant "Messi, Messi, Messi".

The match, to be played at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, kicks off at 18:15. Gomes added the third in the 66th.

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