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Keen to impress the thousands who had come to the stadium, the hosts took the game to Barça straight from the kick-off, however, an early mistake allowed Ousmane Dembélé to fire home a left-footed effort with less than three minutes played.

An entertaining opening saw both teams knock the ball around with purpose, and it would be the Blaugrana who would extend their lead through Luis Suárez on 19 minutes. The Uruguayan almost added another before the Sundowns had their best period of the first half, hitting the post on 26.

As Barça sought to press home their advantage, a clearance from Andrés Iniesta split the home defence, and within two passes Dembélé was in again but his shot was cleared off the line. Kakana’s long-range effort stung Marc-André ter Stegen’s finger tips, and, in keeping with the exciting nature of proceedings, Denis Suárez soon headed against the post from Dembélé’s tantalising cross.

Barça began the second half with a different XI to the first, and almost scored straight away, Paulinho having the ball taken off his toes at the last moment.

With spaces opening up, an unmarked André Gomes took aim with his left but could only find the keeper’s arms, whilst Sergi Roberto was next to try his luck with a typical run into the area as Barça came streaming forward at every opportunity.

Another defensive error from the hosts just after the hour mark gave Gomes the perfect opportunity to slot home a third, and that was the cue for Lionel Messi to come out and warm up, sending the entire stadium into a frenzy. The Argentinian arrived with a quarter of an hour left to play and set up a chance for Paco Alcácer with only this third touch.

In the very next play, Vilakazi managed to evade the offside trap and grab a consolation for the Sundowns, with Barça indebted to Jorge Cuenca just two minutes later when it looked as if the hosts would score a second. Messi had to wait until the 89th minute before his first shot at goal, and that proved to be the last meaningful chance of this friendly.

FC Barcelona are next in action on Sunday, May 20 (8.45pm CEST), in what will be Andrés Iniesta’s final game, against Real Sociedad.


Alex Alexander says:

thank you for making this video available, but WHY the HELL would you put the score in a link at the top of the video… the whole idea of watching this is because i have stayed away from all forms of media to i can watch this video with the same excitement as if it was live since i haven't seen the score..

Dipesh Adhikari says:

Thanks Barca❤❤..

R Y says:

2.24 and before mina on the ball so bad

Cristian Camilo says:

Esto es lo que quisieramos que hiciera la directiva

Brenda Stefane says:

Vuemos Barça

E .TOWN says:

Hello , I made a spectacular video on MESSI,hope u like it

RandomPringle Yum says:

They seem like a decent team to be honest the passing needs to get better and the goalkeeping. but other than that they look like they could go to a norwegian league or something.

Krishna Chamling says:

The Lionel Messi ____________________________________________________

Full of spectators
Filled with excitements
In seats around of the green
Rectangular field of world war,
And there dazzles the never born
Star of soccer, in history
To show the platonic performances
At sports bars and through sportscasts
Across the sporting world,
For those who enjoy
And believe in his charm.

He is the physics;
The player of the space and time,
In dictating the nature, form
And the motion of the vicious opponents,
Who in any circumstances
Blast the rigging and wiggling ball
With his bouncing kick with potentiality,
To pass through the keeper’s
Gymnastic catch and punch,
To kiss the goal-hate soccer net.

He’s the chemistry;
A catalyst with his pristine touch to the ball,
The great playmaker
Always rough and ready
For the rough and stumble,
Truly healthy roughage for the team’s spirit, and
He’s the one soccer laboratory of truth
For both: the teams of counteractions, the opposition
And for the pleasures of spectators
As if he is holding the sparkling light
In the darkness, and his opponents
Swarm in horde to chase and stop
The ball after him, yet fail to break the storming move_
The Missy’s melodramatic magic of soccer.

He is the biology of soccer:
With his two incredible legs with its insteps,
Skills and intelligence, brood ball until
For the crusading mighty moves
With the pace making right leg that paces,
Develops the ball further, and
Keeps it in between his boots
Continuously dancing in the field
And his angelic left foot goal
That mesmerizes millions of viewers,
With his true sportsmanship
That changed and revolutionized
The semantic properties of soccer game
With his genius inborn capacity of balance
In its function, dribbling and controlling technicalities.

He is the supernova,
A dulcet diamond of the galaxy
Of the stars of soccer
And to watch him play is like
The love at first sight as he twist and turns
With the philosophy of soccer,
And when he is fatally fouled
In the storming evangelic manoeuvre,
That is like the coitus interruptus
To all, in the jungle of exhilarating, maddening
Lovers of soccer fans in the stadium and viewers worldwide
Since he the maker of the unbelievable_ believable,
Perhaps his ideal icon, Maradona, too, must believe it.
He is the best of the best.

Copyright @ Kr. Chamling
05. 03. 2018
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* One may publish it on the newspapers too.

John Blessed says:

The people of Africa are so colourful, vibrant and lively. They don't care if their side lose lol, they are just a happy people and celebrate having the greatest football club FC Barcelona, with the greatest player in the world Lionel Messi playing in their country. May God bless their nation.

hanadi yousif says:

We need Thauvin from olimpik marsillie

Ab De Villers says:

I think mina,dembele and gomes should given chance in only friendly match

sircel star says:

Can see my channel ?

Mihsen Mouaid Hassen says:

where the hell is messi in the first half

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