Thursday, June 21, 2007

Barcelona defeat Sundowns

This story is from the news wires:

Spanish giants FC Barcelona came from behind to beat South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in a friendly in Pretoria on Wednesday.

South African international Surprise Moriri handed the home side an early lead but late goals from substitutes Santiago Ezquerro and Marc Crosas secured the win for the visitors.

Sundowns took the lead after just two minutes when Brent Carelse latched onto Vuyo Mere's low cross before setting up Moriri, who shot past Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Calvin Marlin kept Sundowns lead before the break after making point-blank saves from Samuel Eto'o and Ludovic Giuly.

Even though the Spanish side dominated the first half, Carlese, Josta Dladla and Patrick Apataki also spurned good scoring chances for the South Africans.

Barcelona's persistence paid off the in the 74th minute when Ezquerro levelled from a Ronaldinho free kick.

Ronaldinho was again the provider with a superb pass to Crosas, who fired past Marlin with six minutes remaining

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