A 78‚000-strong crowd at an FNB Stadium sparkling with cellphone lights froze in Arctic temperatures but were warmed by the spectacle of Barcelona on the pitch‚ slugging it out with Sundowns.
It seems Barcelona are taking the match against Mamelodi Sundowns seriously, despite the timing of the fixture.
But he said even a friendly game against some of the world's best stars‚ including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez‚ would be of value for Sundowns‚ especially in their preparations for the resumption of their Caf Champions League group stage campaign against Horoya in Guinea on May 22.
Crosas never played a La Liga game for Barca and is most well known for a three-year spell with Glasgow Celtic.
The high-profile worldwide club friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Spanish powerhouses FC Barcelona is scheduled for tonight.
"And nobody can take away the experience that you can gain in these high level games". It will help their players playing in the national team‚ in the Champions League and in the league.
The encounter between the Brazilians and Barcelona will be available to all South Africans as the game will be broadcast on national broadcaster SABC and SuperSport.
Eymael said the crowd‚ and Sundowns being keyed up to prove themselves against Barca‚ can be levellers.
"So‚ yes‚ it's a friendly for Barcelona".
The capacity crowd was certainly getting value for their money as the action continued, Sundowns having a couple of chances as ter Stegen tipped a Vilakazi effort onto the bar, before Khama Billiat lost his nerve at the far post with the goal at his mercy and then Hlompho Kekana had a vicious shot tipped over by the Catalan goalkeeper.
Sundowns players were quick to look for selfies against their star-studded opponents, while the teams celebrated together on the podium as Puyol lifted the trophy that had been handed over on the night.