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Barcelona FUT Champions Cup runner-up Nicolas 'nicolas99fc' Villalba lead the way for PlayStation players Friday, as the second half of the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs officially kicked off. Villalba was one of two players to finish the day with a perfect 5-0 record, the other being the Spanish player JRALion.
Similar to the Xbox One leg, 12 players qualified for the knockout rounds after day one, while another 12 were eliminated from the tournament; 40 players remain in the hunt with either 3-2 or 2-3 records, and they look to get those last one or two wins on Saturday. Of the list of names to qualify, audiences are familiar with quite a few.
Villalba only recently rose to notoreity, thanks to his runs in Barcelona and Manchester, where he lost out to eventual runner-up Philipp 'Eisvogel' Schermer. Nevertheless, the Argentine continued his rise, scoring 32 goals and only conceding 10 for a +22 goal difference through 10 matches. His most important win Friday came in the second leg against Manchester City's Marcus 'Marcuzo' Jørgensen; both players came into the tie with a 4-0 record and Marcuzo had even built a 2-1 lead in the first leg, however, a 5-0 thrashing reminded audiences to not get carried away just yet.
FC Basel's Tim "FCB TheStrxngeR" Katnawatos, who has always steadily performed well under the radar at these competitions, posted a 4-1 record. Both Hashtag United PlayStation players, 'Hashtag Agge' Rosenmeier and Ivan 'Hashtag Boras' Lapanje, are still in the mix with 2-3 and 3-2 records, respectively. Madrid Regional Final winner Daniele 'IcePrinsipe' Paolucci also finished 4-1, as did RB Leipzig's Cihan Yasarlar, who lost in the February 2017 Paris Regional Final to then-Hashtag United player Tassal 'FaZe Tass' Rushan.
Manchester City's other star, 2017 FIFA Interactive World Cup runner-up Kai 'Deto' Wollin, needs just one win from two on Saturday to ensure entry into the knockout round; Eisvogel remains in the same boat as well.
New York City FC's Christopher "didychrislito" Holly exited the competition early with a disappointing 0-4 record, failing to win any of his games. The other North Americans in the PlayStation division are faring better. The Mexican Gfinity USA player Joksan, put himself in good standing by advancing with a 4-1 record, while Reinhard 'rein10' Krause needs a perfect two wins from two tomorrow to qualify.
The broadcast crew will be back Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET (11 a.m. UK time) for the final two rounds of the group stages. The knockout rounds will follow. For a more fleshed-out look at the entire weekend's schedule, you can go here. Extended coverage and behind-the-scenes action can be found on Twitch.