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The FIFA 20 Global Series chugged on in Bucharest on Saturday, with eight competitors qualifying for what many have dubbed "Championship Sunday." As is the case this year with the console semi-finalists, the eight that qualified today are given the title of FUT Champions Cup Master until the next FUT Champions Cup and automatically qualify for January's event.
Dononvan "Fnatic Tekkz" Hunt continued his FUT 20 dominance, with knockout round wins over Team FUTWIZ's Jamie O'Doherty and Kylem "Lyricz" Edwards. The reigning champ posted two clean sheets en route to a semi-final matchup against Niklas "NR7" Raseck. Raseck himself had an impressive Saturday, with wins over surprise candidate Solary's Samylumine and 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup champ, Aldossary "Msdossary" Mosaad. Msdossary had bounced back from a disappointing tournament two weeks prior, but failed to capitalize on his stellar Friday results.
The other side of the Xbox division will feature an all-Brazilian matchup between NetShoes eSports' Vini Leiva and R10team's Gabriel Peres Nunes. Vini's run to the final saw him take down Werder Bremen's Michael "Megabit" Bittner, a staple in the competitive circuit, by a scoreline of 5-1 and then just get past Sporting CP's Diogo Mendes on penalties after a tight 1-1 affair. Many had touted Diogo as the dark horse of the early FUT 20 cycle. Gabriel's big win on Saturday came against DullenMike in the Round of 16, where the former powered through to a 5-3 win on the back of a strong second leg performance.
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On the PlayStation side, yet another Brazilian, SPQR's Paulo Neto, provided the biggest fireworks of the day with an emphatic 7-1 win over the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup Champion, Mohammed "MoAuba" Harkous. Neto will face AS Roma's Damie, who clinched a semi-final berth with a last-minute comeback against Diogo "tuga810" Pombo. Hashtag United's Harry Hesketh will headline the other side of the PS4 bracket; his Round of 16 win over former runner-up Wolves' Flavio "Fifilza" Brito drew a lot of praise from the commentators but the Englishman doubled down on his impressive Knockout stage run with a win on penalties against Dux Gaming's Jaime "Gravesen" Alvarez, who had impressed audiences Friday with a near perfect Swiss record. Harry will face Qlash's Diego "Crazy" Campagnani, the only PS4 player with a 5-0 record from Friday.
Sunday's championship proceedings will kick off with the console semi-finals, and the day will end with a new player being crowned. Coverage will start at 12 p.m. CET, 11 a.m. UK, and 6 a.m. EST. You can follow all the action by heading directly to FIFA's official Twitch channel.