Messi named super sub in Barca team to face Sundowns

- Barcelona FC and Mamelodi Sundowns have announced their playing 11 and substitutes for their match at FNB Stadium

- Barca superstar Lionel Messi has been named as one of the substitute players

- Ricardo Nascimento has been forced to withdraw from Mamelodi’s side due to flue

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The countdown to the highly anticipated match between Spanish football giants, Barcelona FC and PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns has started in earnest. Both teams have announced their playing 11 and substitutes.

The match is set to start at 18:15 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and will be played in front of a sold-out crowd.

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Soccer fans will be glad to hear that Lionel Messi will play in the match, although he is not part of the starting 11. Messi has been penned in as a substitute.

Briefly.co.zagathered that the only real surprise from Sundowns is that Ricardo Nascimento will miss out on tonight’s game because he has the flue.

Barca starting 11: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.

Sundowns starting 11:Ongango, Langerman, Bangaly, Anele, Arendse, Mabunda, Kekana, Billiat, Vilakazi, Zwane, Tau

Subs: Mweene, Manyisa, Sirino, Madisha, Zulu, Sekotlong, Brockie, Lebese, Morena, Ngoma.

Traffic to leading to FNB stadium is reportedly at a near standstill, with several road closures in effect. Metrorail has announced several free train services to help alleviate traffic.

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