Onyango's Sundowns lose to Messi's Barcelona

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The match is billed to take place on Wednesday next week as part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

There is still uncertainty over the friendly match between Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and La Liga champions Barcelona billed to take place next week.

Earlier, Messi and the rest of the squad drew hundreds of South Africans to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg at 6 a.m. local time to see Barcelona arrive.

Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes scored for the Spanish league and cup winners before Sibusiso Vilakazi pulled one goal back before a sell-out 80,000 Soweto crowd.

"We came to play football and to honour Nelson Mandela, someone who was very close to the hearts of all Spaniards".

Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andr ter Stegen, meanwhile, added: "It has been a great experience for us and we are pleased to have won in front of the South African fans".

This time round, Kennedy Mweene was in goal after replacing Onyango. It wasn't long before Valverde introduced sensational striker Lionel Messi into the lovely game much to the thrill of the crowd. The other goal ... okay, it's Barca, that is the way Barca plays, and that was the school fees we paid.

However, the technical team felt it was important for Messi to participate in the match, probably because of the huge support the 30-year-old enjoys in South Africa.

Substitute Andre Gomes scored Barcelona's third in the 66th minute, before Messi was introduced to a rousing reception by the South African supporters in the 70th minute.

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