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The inaugural major tournament of the FIFA 20 Global Series kicked off Friday, as 64 of the world's best players congregated in Bucharest for a riveting opening day of action. The competition was rife with drama, with reigning 2019 FIFA eWorld Champion Mohammed "MoAuba" Harkous bowing out on penalties, in the fifth round of the Swiss stage nonetheless.
Though viewers have become accustomed to seeing new names atop the standings every tournament, a few competitors just don't seem to go away. Perennial frontrunner Donovan "Tekkz" Hunt, newly affiliated with the eSports giant Fnatic, posted yet another 5-0 record in the preliminary rounds. The four-time FUT Champs Cup winner scored 21 goals en route to his perfect day, with impressive wins over AS Roma's Canadian challenger Nawid "GoalMachine" Noorzai, and the German pair of Michael "Megabit" Bittner and Niklas "NR7" Raseck.
Only a few players scored more goals than Hunt in the Xbox division, including his vocal rival, 2018 FIFA eWorld Champ and 2019 finalist Aldossary "Msdossary" Mosaad, whose attacking prowess is well known throughout the circuit. The former Saudi Arabian champ posted a 4-1 record, only losing to Megabit in the second round; however, at his stature, Dossary will surely be hoping to get his hands on the silverware come Sunday.
Sporting CP's Diogo Mendes emerged as a bit of a dark horse candidate, catching the eye of the commentators for his high-octane offense. With 22 goals on Friday, Mendes earned plaudits for his crafty footwork and fancy finishing alike.
On the PlayStation side of things, it was only Wolves' Flávio "Fifilza" Brito who emerged unscathed after five rounds. Vitality's French phenom Corentin "Maestro" Thuillier rolled to a 4-1 record, ensuring an impressive 3-2 opening round win against Harkous and culminating his day with a classic 1-0 affair against Argentine contender Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba.
Of course the biggest upset of the day was the aforementioned exit of MoAuba. The champ's fourth round loss to Mexican competitor Luis "VillaMore3" Villanueva had audiences buzzing, as the 4-0 thrashing was seemingly the win that truly solidified this new North American newcomer's impressive Bucharest run - he would finish with a 4-1 record on the day.
With highs and lows that we've grown used to, Friday's action , but the best is still to come. On Saturday, the Knockout Rounds get underway at 12 p.m. CET, 11 a.m. UK, and 6 a.m. EST. You can follow all the action by visiting our homepage or heading directly to Twitch.
Here's how the knockout stage will shake out tomorrow: