Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Barcelona arrive in South Africa … with Messi

Barcelona arrive in South Africa … with Messi

The match came three days after Barcelona suffered a stunning 5-4 defeat at lowly Levante in their second last La Liga match, robbing them of a chance to complete the season unbeaten.

Despite conceding two goals in the first half and holding their own, Sundowns cracked under some Barcelona pressure, gifting Andre Gomes the visitors' third in the second half.

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Barca now return to Spain to prepare for their final game of the season at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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.

Barcelona got off to the flawless start thanks to Ousmane Dembele in the third minute.

Substitutes: Jasper Cillessen (GK), Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, R de Galarreta, J Cuenca.

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