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17 May, 2018, 01:23 | Author: John Swanson
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In one of his final acts as Barcelona captain, Andres Iniesta lifted the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup on Wendesday after two early strikes from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez and a third from Andre Gomes toppled South Africa champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

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

It sees Barcelona play in South Africa for only the second time.

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Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes scored for Barcelona against the South African league victor in a game that formed part of South Africa's celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013.

"So, they were enthusiastic and I think that they had several opportunities".

The Catalans will hope to bounce back from their 5-4 defeat to Levante last weekend which ended their unbeaten La Liga streak this season.

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Barcelona got off to the flawless start thanks to Ousmane Dembele in the third minute. Percy Tau and Khama Billiat will again lead the attack for the hosts.

They were greeted by hundreds of fans as they made their way to their bus, with some fans chanting "Messi!"

Substitutes: Jasper Cillessen (GK), Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho, Paco Alcácer, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, R de Galarreta, J Cuenca.

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Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside.

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