Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Messi, Suarez, Iniesta star as Barcelona win in South Africa

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This year marks the centenary of the birth of Mandela, who died in 2013 having become the first democratically elected president of the republic 19 years earlier.

Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's squad for their friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday after being rested for the 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday. I think the African supporters are always very happy and want to enjoy everything.

The teams have not given a definitive answer to questions about Messi's availability for this clash but he is expected to play some part in a match that has been listed by Barcelona as part of their training schedule for the week.

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

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And the Catalan giants got off to a flying start as Dembele received the ball from outside the Sundowns area and curled his shot into the top left-hand corner to give Barca the lead after just two minutes.

Suarez made it 2-0 in the 19th minute before Andres Gomes scored on 66 minutes to make it 3-0.

Coach Ernesto Valverde rung the changes at half-time which saw the introduction of Brazilian stars Phillipe Coutinho and Paulinho before Lionel Messi was introduced with 30 mins to go. Gomes added the third in the 66th.

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