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Mamelodi Sundowns Head coach Pitso Mosimane

Mamelodi Sundowns Head coach Pitso Mosimane

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

In commemoration of Nelson Mandela's one-hundredth birthday, FC Barcelona travelled to South Africa for a friendly game on 16 May against ABSA Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

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

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.

Sundowns will next face Horoya away in the Caf Champions League on Tuesday. 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.

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Barcelona showed their class as they raced into a 3-0 lead through goals from Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes.

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.

Barcelona fielded separate teams in either half, having arrived in Johannesburg after an overnight flight on a charter jet in the morning and departing again directly after the game.

Suarez last played at Soccer City at the 2010 World Cup, when his infamous handball on his own goalline kept Ghana from beating Uruguay in the quarter-final.

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