Careless defending gifted European giants Barcelona two goals as they defeated South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 Wednesday in a friendly game to honour the late Nelson Mandela.
Valverde made multiple changes to his full-strength side at half-time before Lionel Messi came on for the final 15 minutes of the game.More news: US and six Arab states slap sanctions on Hezbollah leadership
Dembele, Suarez and Gomes all took advantage of defensive errors, with Dembele curling a left-foot shot into net in the third minute and Suarez doubling the lead in the 18th minute.
Insiders at the club said Messi is part of the package that was agreed to during the negotiations for the match and he will be in SA with superstars such as Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé‚ Luis Suárez‚ Sergio Busquets‚ Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba.More news: Expanding in China: Starbucks doubles retail capacity
Lionel Messi, who was rested for the Levante loss, has travelled to South Africa to face Mamelodi Sundowns.
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.More news: West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards
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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