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Teams: Mamelodi Sundowns v FC Barcelona

Date: 16 May 2018

Venue: FNB Stadium

Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns will lock horns with LaLiga champions FC Barcelona at the FNB Stadium this evening.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 18h15.

The Brazilians secured a record eighth Absa Premiership title this season after seeing off a challenge form runers-up Orlando Pirates.

Pitso Mosimane's men head into the clash on the back of a 0-0 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic in their final league game of the season over the weekend.

The Blaugrana come to South Africa to honour the friendly on the back of a shock 5-4 defeat to Levante in LaLiga over the weekend, which was their first loss of the 2017/18 league campaign.

Barça manager Ernesto Valverde has brought a star-studded squad to South Africa, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho all included in the squad.

The Spanish giants have been in South Africa before as they defeated Sundowns 2-1 in 2007.

Only the injured Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen have been left behind by Barca.

Here's how they line up:

Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Arendse, Soumahoro, Ngcongca, Mabunda, Kekana, Vilakazi, Billiat, Zwane, Tau.

Subs: Mweene, Manyisa, Sirino, Madisha, Zulu, Sekotlong, Brockie, Lebese, Morena, Ngoma, Nascimento.

Barca: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Digne, Mina, Rakitic, Busquets, D.Suarez, Alena, Iniesta, L.Suarez, Dembele.

Subs: Cillessen, Piqué, Messi, Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, S.Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Galarreta i J.Cuenca.

 

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