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Starting XI: Sundowns vs Barcerlona


The match is scheduled to get underway at 18h00. Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns will lock horns with LaLiga champions FC Barcelona at the FNB Stadium this evening.

The Brazilians secured a record eighth league title this season after seeing off a challenge from Orlando Pirates.


Pitso Mosimane’s men head into the clash on the back of a 0-0 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic 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 giant’s outfit has been in South Africa before as they defeated Sundowns 2-1 in 2007. Only the injured Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Varmealen 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: To be confirmed.

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.

Source: Soccer Laduma