Barcelona🔷 Brush Aside Mamelodi Sundowns 📹 http://v.duta.us/MnVSnwAA

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Lionel Messi played 16 minutes as Barcelona cruised to a 3-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals and Andre Gomes added another after the interval to help the Spanish champions coast past their South African counterparts.

Though Messi, Gerrard Pique and Philippe Coutinho all started from the bench, an otherwise strong Barca XI encountered few hiccups, aside from a Sibusiso Vilakazi consolation strike in the 76th minute.

The Blaugrana will simply be happy to switch attention to Sunday's season-ending visit from Real Sociedad to Camp Nou without any injury concerns from their single-match trip to South Africa.

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