Messi, Iniesta named in Barca squad for Mamelodi Sundowns friendly

Messi, Iniesta named in Barca squad for Mamelodi Sundowns friendly

A 78‚000-strong crowd at an FNB Stadium sparkling with cellphone lights froze in Arctic temperatures but were warmed by the spectacle of Barcelona on the pitch‚ slugging it out with Sundowns.

The advantage was reduced moments after Messi's introduction, but the Blaugrana will simply be happy to switch attention to Sunday's season-ending visit from Real Sociedad to Camp Nou without any injury concerns from their single-match trip to South Africa.

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.

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"It will be a very good experience for the Sundowns players‚ because after that they will play in the Champions League".

"You know‚ so many times you will hear [Downs coach] Pitso [Mosimane] saying: "Ah‚ we knew that we would win because we are used to these games". Now it will be a different game.

The encounter between the this year's Absa Premiership winners and La Liga champions will be broadcast live on both SABC and SuperSport.

"When a team is underestimated‚ and you are facing the favourites‚ the players who are the underdog play at 150 or 200 percent‚" the Stars coach said. But I'm sure for Sundowns it's not a friendly.

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.

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