TALENT: Percy Tau turns Sergio Busquets. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

It was all just a bit too easy for Barcelona as they strolled past Mamelodi Sundowns in their Wednesday night friendly.

The Spanish champions never had to move into top gear against their PSL counterparts and they had Lionel Messi on the bench for all but the last 20 minutes at Soccer City.

The 3-1 result was a fair one, but it could have been much more as the Catalans showed glimpses of what a destructive game they play.

For Sundowns, it was a lesson in how to play possession football - keeping the ball comes with the responsibility of looking after it.

But twice, they were caught in possession close to their goal and twice they were made to pay for it.

OUT-CLASSED: Khama Billiat. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

First, Ousmane Dembele capitalised on some loose passing to score in the third minute and then Andre Gomes did the same with 20 minutes to play.

This will be a lesson for the like of Percy Tau and Khama Billiat. They have been shone in South African football but were shown up against decent opposition.

At the top of the game, you have to make the right decisions and be ruthless.

Tau had his big moment in the 13th minute, when raced clear for a one-on-one with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. But all he could do was scoop his chip into the goalie’s hands.

The moment was too big for him. He tried the spectacular, but just ended up in the eyes.

I guess that’s the sort of finishing that gets your 13 goals in the PSL - the most by any other in South Africa. We’ll have to step our game up, I guess.

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