Lionel Messi fever hits South Africa as Barcelona beat Mamelodi

A battle for supremacy between Spanish giants Barcelona and SA's Mamelodi Sundowns

A battle for supremacy between Spanish giants Barcelona and SA's Mamelodi Sundowns

However, it took the Catalans manager Ernesto Valverde 65 minutes to finally indicate to Messi to start warming up after continuous calls from the crowd to bring on the 30-year-old.

A South African fan jumped the fence at FNB Stadium to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to touch Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

A defensive mix up from Sundowns allowed Luis Suarez to double Barcelona's lead in the 19th minute, through a pass by Denis Suarez.

Although Mamelodi Sundowns gave a good fight, the Spanish champions dominated the game from kick-off scoring two goals in the first twenty minutes, beating SA'S Sundowns 3-1.

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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he was unable to speak on behalf of Barca. He came on for the last 15 minutes, enough time for him to launch a stinging, long-range shot that goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene struggled to stop. Regardless, Sundowns managed to keep their composure which soon bore fruit as Sibusiso Vilakazi managed to resuscitate the hopes of Sundowns in the seventy-fifth minute of perhaps winning the match courtesy of an assist from Tau.

Valverde made 10 changes during half-time, but Messi was not among those introduced, leading the crowd to repeatedly chant "Messi, Messi, Messi". At the end Sundowns succumbed to a 3 - 1 defeat.

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Mandela, who died in 2013 having become the first democratically elected president of the republic 19 years earlier. "The speed of the team was very high", he said.

The game was to celebrate the posthumous100th birthday of African icon Nelson Mandela.

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