Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Onyango's Sundowns lose to Messi's Barcelona

Onyango's Sundowns lose to Messi's Barcelona

South Africa has been awash with Lionel Messi fever for the past three days as the Argentina star made a fleeting visit with his Barcelona team.

Goalkeeper Razak Brimah shared his photo with Lionel Messi after Mamelodi Sundowns lost to Barcelona in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup clash on Wednesday.

He had not appeared until kick-off, wrapped up against the chilly air as he took his place on the bench, but television pictures showed some female fans in tears as the Spanish champions came on to warm up.

Messi who was rested in the Barcelona's previous La Liga fixture took to the field much to the excitement of the South African supporters.

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The Sundowns had to persuade Guinean club Horoya, and the Confederation of African Football, to postpone their Champions League tie by a week in order to play. However, the Sundowns team were not seemingly afraid of Messi as they tried by all means to ensure that his name was not part of the score sheet as he did in the LaLiga with an impressive ninety-eight goal tally in thirty-seven matches.

The match will now be play in Conakry on 22 May.

Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez had Barcelona 2-0 up at the break before Andre Gomes made it 3-0. Barcelona fielded two completely different lineups in each half.

Meanwhile, Sibusiso Vilakazi's goal ensured the hosts registered a goal to make it 3-1in a lively friendly in the South African capital, which was said to have earned a neat 3 million euros for the Catalans.

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