Barcelona in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns Friendly

  • Barcelona in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns Friendly

Barcelona in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns Friendly

How much can one read into a virtual exhibition match for which Barcelona flew in first thing in the morning‚ flew out straight after, and which was sprung as a surprise as much on Sundowns and their coach Pitso Mosimane as it was on Barca?

The Spanish champions will face their South African counterparts in a post season friendly match, dubbed the Mandela Centenary Cup, on Wedneday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg from 7pm East African time.

Crosas never played a La Liga game for Barca and is most well known for a three-year spell with Glasgow Celtic.

"And nobody can take away the experience that you gain in these high-level games". Now it will be a different game. But we say that Sundowns are the "Brazilians" of SA‚ so we will see.

Eymael said the crowd‚ and Sundowns being keyed up to prove themselves against Barca‚ can be levellers.

"When a team is underestimated‚ and you are facing the favourites‚ the players who are the underdogs play at 150% or 200%‚" the Stars coach said.

"So‚ yes‚ it's a friendly for Barcelona".

The South Africans seemed more assured as the game moved past the hour mark, but a mistake from Kekana at the back allowed Andre Gomes to slot in an easy goal, 3-0 to the visitors after 66 minutes played.

"The big home crowd will also help Sundowns".

Sundowns players were quick to look for selfies against their star-studded opponents, while the teams celebrated together on the podium as Puyol lifted the trophy that had been handed over on the night.