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Messi, Suarez, Iniesta star as Barcelona win in South Africa

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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta were all in action as Barcelona beat South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 to win the Mandela Centenary Cup.

The match, which is part of South Africa’s celebrations to mark Nelson Mandela’s 100th posthumous birthday, saw the La Liga champions play in Johannesburg.

Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

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Ousmane Dembele, Andre Gomes and Suarez all scored for Barca, before Sibusiso Vilakazi replied for the hosts.

Messi came off the bench to a standing ovation.

The Sundowns had to persuade Guinean club Horoya, and the Confederation of African Football, to postpone their Champions League tie by a week in order to play.

Barcelona will play their final league game of the season against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

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