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Barcelona beat Mamelodi Sundowns

Spanish giants Barcelona beat newly crowned ABSA Premier League Champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3:1 to win the Mandela Centenary Cup.

By Sports Reporter

Barcelona’s trusted finisher Luis Suarez was among the goalscorers.

Ousmane Dembele and Andre Gomes also scored for the Spanish champions before Sibusiso Vilakazi replied for the hosts at Soccer City, near Johannesburg.

Barca forward Lionel Messi came off the bench to a standing ovation.

The match is part of South Africa’s celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

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.

Barcelona conclude their domestic campaign against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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