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Luc Eymael believes Sundowns can match Barcelona blow for blow

16 May 2018

Tickets are already sold out for this titanic clash, which forms part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations.

The forward had a stellar career at Athletic Bilbao, but never quite cut it in three seasons with Barca, largely hindered by the emergence of Messi.

His every touch drew huge applause and Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse was beaming after the final whistle having exchanged shirts with the Argentine maestro.

Eymael‚ one of the highest qualified coaches in South Africa‚ whose Stars faced Sundowns twice on their way to concluding their 2017-18 Absa Premiership season in sixth place with a defeat against Orlando Pirates this past weekend‚ believes Downs can match Barcelona blow for blow.

The South Africans seemed more assured as the game moved past the hour mark, but a mistake from Kekana at the back allowed Andre Gomes to slot in an easy goal, 3-0 to the visitors after 66 minutes played.

"I just want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to play against the best footballers in the world".

Barcelona conclude their domestic campaign against Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

The recently crowned La Liga champions confirmed on Tuesday night that they were bringing stars such as Lionel Messi‚ Gerard Piqué‚ Andres Iniesta‚ Luis Suárez‚ Jordi Alba‚ Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé and goalkeeper Ter Stegen to FNB Stadium.

Valverde made 10 changes during half-time, but Messi was not among those introduced, leading the crowd to repeatedly chant "Messi, Messi, Messi".

Luc Eymael believes Sundowns can match Barcelona blow for blow