Manchester FUT Champions Final Recap: Msdossary the new king

Xbox One champion Aldossary 'Falcon Msdossary' Mosaad topped PlayStation champion Philipp 'Eisvogel' Schermer, 6-4, in the Manchester FUT Champions Cup Grand Final to earn the claim of being the reignin "best FIFA player in the world" Sunday. The Saudi Arabian had already established himself as a favorite after the group stages, while Eisvogel flew mostly under the radar before emerging as the PS4 champ.

Msdossary came out flying in the first leg of the Grand Final, scoring two quick goals in the first half, but Eisvogel pinned him back just as quickly in the second. The tie ended 2-2, and the two goals in the second half were crucial for the latter as they got the German back in position to potentially win the tie.

The Xbox champion retaliated in the 14th minute of the second leg, however, picking up a rebound goal through his Lionel Messi, to earn his own away goal and take the 3-2 aggregate lead early. He doubled his advantage with his Icon Ronaldo another 15 minutes later, and the tie looked like it had been put to bed. Even with the two-goal cushion, however, Aldossary could not rest for the game was truly end-to-end entertainment, and Eisvogel had shown in the first leg that he could mount a comeback quickly.

And that was exactly how the second half of the second leg started, Eisvogel, using his standard 4-2-2-2 formation, wove through Aldossary's defense and finished with a Cristiano Ronaldo finesse to make it 4-3 in the 59th minute. But, what felt like seconds later, Msdossary scored again to make it 3-1, and 5-3 on aggregate. But, with 10 minutes left, the Saudi Arabian showed audiences why he deserved the title with a Ronaldo finesse from outside the box. Eisvogel replied quickly yet again to make it 6-4 on aggregate, but that was all she wrote.

In order to fill the remaining playoff spots that were left unoccupied due to prior qualifiers, EA staged an ancillary playoff of the quarterfinalists who failed to advance. Schalke's Tim 'S04 Tim Latka' Schwartmann and Kurt 'Kurt0411' Fenech were two of the notables amongst the five.

Aldossary's road to the Grand Final did not look easy on paper, but the champion sure made it look easy. The Saudi Arabian blew out his opponents until the Xbox console grand final. He scored 26 goals and only conceded five goals, beating Melbourne City's Marcus Gomez, 6-1, then taking care of business against Marcio 'FELIPE ABD' Marinho Abade by a scoreline of 7-1. In the quarterfinals today, he rolled past Martin 'RemiMartinn' Oregel, 5-1; Oregel had been fresh off a win against reigning Barcelona champion Donovan 'F2TeKkz' Hunt. He faced another North American opponent, the Canadian Nawid 'GoalMachine' Noorzai, 8-2, in the semifinals.

"In past tournaments, I would get nervous. I think in FIFA, the most important thing is the mentality. I trust myself [now]. I know that I will score goals," Aldossary said after his win over Grand Final win over Eisvogel. "I have no problem with it. I just have problems with my defense."

The competition only truly ramped up for Msdossary in the console finals, in his matchup against Niklas 'Nraseck 7' Raseck. The German gave his opponent the fight of his life, as the two-leg affair ended 7-6 in favor of the eventual winner of the entire competition.

"I think that was the best game that I played, it put me in the right mentality to be prepared for the final," Aldossary said. "Raseck was the best opponent I played [all tournament]."

The story on the PlayStation side was relatively different, with Eisvogel almost being knocked out on multiple occasions. The German played and won a tough Round of 64 matchup against Stefano Pinna, beating him 8-7 on aggregate. Schermer finished off Ettore Abrucio, 5-2, in the Round of 32 before coming up against Corentin 'LOSC Maestro' Thuillier in the quarterfinals today. That matchup ended 4-3 to Eisvogel, but his marquee matchup was waiting for him in the PS4 console semifinals. There, he'd play Barcelona runner-up Nicolás “Nicolas99fc” Villalba, who had yet to lose a matchup in the entire tournament. The game proved to live up to hype, the tight affair finishing 4-3 to Eisvogel again. He went on to play Henrique 'Zezinho23' Silva in the console finals, a surprise candidate.

Zezinho had just beat Manchester City's Kai 'deto' Wollin, the 2017 FIFA Interactive World Cup runner-up, and a player who had shown up strong all tournament. The Playstation console final ended up finishing 5-3 to Schermer, and thus, the Grand Final was set.

The FIFA eWorld Cup will return will the playoff legs in June, the top eight players from January's competition in Barcelona and the top eight from this weekend (including the second-chance playoff) have already qualified, so we'll see some familiar names in the mix come this Summer.

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