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The reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champ hadn't won silverware since December, and didn't have an ideal start to his London campaign, but Aldossary "Rogue Msdossary" Mosaad got it together when it mattered. "The Saudi Prince," as the commentators have started to call him, ousted PlayStation champ Corentin "Vitality Maestro" Thuillier by a scoreline of 5-1 to win April's FUT Champions Cup Sunday. The Xbox console winners are now an astonishing six-for-six in cross-console finals this FUT 19 cycle.
Despite being on away console, Dossary took a quick 1-0 lead against Maestro in the first leg. The Vitality player barely had time to realize he was on the back foot before Dossary had doubled his lead. By the 39th minute, the scoreline read 3-0 to Msdossary. The commentators promptly noted that Maestro had come back from three goals down before, earlier this tournament in fact, but the console semi-final was a very different story to the cross-console final.
The second half was much of the same. Trailing by four goals in the 75th minute, Maestro conceded a penalty to only make it worse. He did subsequently save the spot-kick, but a bad parry from the goalkeeper lead to a scramble in front of goal, which trickled in to make it five. Back on his home console in the second leg, Dossary didn't flinch or succumb to Maestro's more-aggressive gameplan. Three minutes from full-time, Maestro finally got himself a consolation goal, but it was too little, too late. Dossary cruised to a 5-1 victory.
While the final's hype was warranted, it was the Xbox console final matchup that garnered the most attention Sunday. The budding rivalry between three-time FUT 19 champ Donovan "F2Tekkz" Hunt and Msdossary gained even more steam when the two met for a second tie this weekend, this time with higher stakes - a shot at the cross-console final, and bragging rights until the end of May.
The two had been exchanging verbal jabs since Friday, when then-favorite Hunt was blown out of the water, 5-1, in the final Xbox Swiss round. Dossary's win percentage had gone cold for a few months as he battled untimely illnesses, while Hunt had picked up two titles in consecutive majors to pad his 2019 resume.
Sunday's rematch surely did not disappoint. To his credit, Dossary came out of the gates looking the stronger player. He built a steady 2-0 lead over the first 90 minutes, thanks to a few giveaways from Hunt, but the lead vanished within the first few minutes of the second leg.
After a flurry of chances, Hunt had taken a 3-2 lead; and back and forth it went. Dossary tied matters up, Tekkz took the lead, and so on. After leveling the score at four, Dossary's composure helped him finally pull away, capitalizing again on a sloppy goal kick from Hunt. The matchup finished 6-4.
Albeit losing a one-sided matchup, Maestro's run to the grand final boded well for his future. Already having qualified for the playoffs, Thuillier notched a few impressive wins in this tournament, most notably his shootout semi-final win over Shaun "Shellzz" Springette, which ended 13-12 to the former, and his dominant display against the undefeated PS4 No. 1 seed Lev Vinken, who hadn't lost a single game all tournament.
After two final Live Qualifying Events in May, the FIFA 19 Global Series will return in June with six straight days of playoff action. Over 120 players will compete to earn a place in later this summer's 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup, but only 32 will earn the exclusive invite.