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The Saudi champion Aldossary 'Rogue MSDossary' Mosaad, who already dazzled audiences in April with a Manchester FUT Champions Cup win, added another feather to his cap Saturday, with a 4-0 win over PlayStation 4 champion Stefano Pinna to lay claim to the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup title.
Pinna came into the final with an unbeaten record, but still did not receive much press over the past three days, as he's a relative newcomer to the scene.
"I like to be the underdog, so yeah, I'm cool with it," Pinna said, ahead of the final.
Dossary, on the other hand, has been one of the most consistent players over the course of this FIFA Ultimate Team cycle.
"I played in the 'Group of Death,' really," Dossary said. "[The Xbox side featured] the top three, top four players. That gives me a lot of confidence, you know? I'm glad that I made it all the way to become the Xbox champion."
in the first leg of the final, Dossary did well to absorb Pinna's pressure early and finally took a 1-0 lead seven minutes before halftime, through the Brazilian Icon Ronaldo Nazário. The Manchester winner had been rattled earlier, missing a golden one-on-one opportunity as Pinna brought out his keeper to stifle the chance. In the 52nd minute, Ronaldo combined with his fellow namesake, Cristiano, to double the scoreline with a bullet header from six yards out.
The first leg, which was played on PS4, favored Pinna on paper, but the Belgian was not able to capitalize on his native console. Dossary, who is known to be comfortable on both consoles, happily took the 2-0 advantage into his home leg.
In a cruel twist of fate, Arsenal Icon and second assistant coach for the Belgian national team Thierry Henry spelled the end for Pinna 30 minutes into the Xbox leg, with a low, driven shot from the right side of the six-yard box. In the 82nd, Dutch legend Ruud Gullit added another, although Dossary's 3-0 lead was already too much to overcome for the Belgian.
The day began with the FeWC semi-finals, or the console grand finals. The quarterfinals from Friday had set up two very interesting match-ups, on both sides. FIFA eSports' most outspoken candidate, Kurt 'kurt0411' Fenech, backed up his claims Friday by taking down reigning champion Spencer 'FaZe Gorilla' Ealing, and Dossary had beaten Michael 'Vfl Megabit' Bittner, the most recent Xbox One champion from May.
On PlayStation, Manchester City's Marcus 'Marcuzo' Jørgensen added the third major upset of the quarterfinals, beating Argentine frontrunner Nicolas 'nicolas99fc' Villalba, while Pinna and three-time German champ Mohammed 'MoAubameyang' Harkous played to 6-5 shootout.
Fenech and Dossary's matchup featured a tense 5-3 victory for the latter in the first leg, and he piled it on in the second leg with a customary 3-0 win. Marcuzo took a 2-0 lead in the first PlayStation semifinal leg, but Pinna pegged him back a goal in the 85th minute to make it 2-1.
And, oh how important that goal would be. The Dane took a 1-0 lead in the second leg again to make it 3-1, but Pinna leveled before halftime. Ten minutes after halftime, he tied up the aggregate scoreline to force extra time.
In the 112th minute, Pinna finally took his first lead of the semi-final, eight minutes before the final whistle. Kylian Mbappé slipped in Tottenham's Heung-Min Son, who found a streaking Lionel Messi with a lovely cross for the go-ahead header. The game ended, 4-3.
With that, the competitive circuit for the FUT 18 cycle comes to an end. FIFA eSports will return this Fall with FIFA 19.