But it was was definitely enjoyable watching Downs pit themselves against the global superstars of Barcelona‚ even in two completely changed mixed-strength XIs put out by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde either side of half time.
The Sundowns had to persuade Guinean club Horoya, and the Confederation of African Football, to postpone their Champions League tie by a week in order to play.
After a long flight from Spain which only arrived in South Africa on Wednesday morning, Barcelona were looking to ease into proceedings.
"For Sundowns it certainly is a place to show everybody what they can do at a good level‚" Eymael said.More news: OnePlus 5 and 5T beta update adds Launcher and Switch improvements
The Sundowns players were more than a little star-struck; something that is unlikely to be the case on Wednesday as coach Pitso Mosimane will demand professionalism and that they do not feel inferior to the Spaniards.
"And nobody can take away the experience that you can gain in these high level games". Now it will be a different game.
"But we say that Sundowns are the "Brazilians" from South Africa‚ so we will see".
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Eymael said the crowd‚ and Sundowns being keyed up to prove themselves against Barca‚ could be levellers. But I'm sure for Sundowns it's not a friendly.
Despite missing training, he still made the nine-hour journey to South Africa with his teammates after being named in a 23-man squad.
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.More news: 'Lando' Movie in the Works, Says Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy