Mandela Cup: Sundowns deny Messi, Dembele Suarez shine
International Edition By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/05/2018
Spanish Champions Barcelona on Wednesday edged South Africa's Premier League side Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in the 2018 edition of the Mandela Cup at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.In what was the Catalans' second-to-last match of the season, their host on the night Sundowns denied kept Lionel Messi at bare but couldn't keep out Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.
Two first-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez put the visitors in the driving seat at half-time.
Andre Gomes extended the visitors' lead with a fine finish after coming on for Andres Iniesta in the second. Vilakazi's strike in the final 14 minutes was a mere consolation for the PSL outfit who will now shift focus to a CAF Champions League fixture away from home against Horoya next Tuesday.Up next for Barcelona is a home tie against Real Sociedad in their final league game of the season. The Catalans will hope to bounce back from their 5-4 defeat to Levante last weekend which ended their unbeaten La Liga streak this season.More to follow...