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Team Gullit's Olle "ollelito" Arbin triumphed over Hamburger SV's Umut Gültekin by a scoreline of 4-3 to win his first FUT major Sunday in Atlanta, in one of the first events in the FIFA Global Series to not feature a major player in the circuit. Arbin becomes the first Swedish competitor to put his name on the FUT Champs Cup.
Arbin, the Xbox champion, did not waste any time in the Grand Final, taking a decisive 3-1 advantage on his home console out the gates. He faced relatively more pressure from Umut during the PlayStation leg, but that didn't force Arbin to sit back and defend. Instead, Ollelito - who had been sent home after the group stages in Bucharest just two months prior - repeatedly pressed to win the ball back and dictate posession throughout the second half of the matchup.
Ollelito defeated Sporting CP's Diogo Mendes in a gritty Xbox final that was decided in extra-time. The Swede took the lead in the first leg, Diogo leveled the scoreline at one in the second in a very evenly-matched affair. Arbin struggled to finish throughout the contest but ultimately, a 97th-minute finesse shot proved the difference for him in the end.
Similarly, Umut took down Hashtag United's Tom Leese in nail-biting fashion, first battling back from a 1-0 deficit in the second leg and spelling the end for him with a wonderful tiki-taka goal in the 93rd minute. At that point in the tournament, Leese remained the only undefeated player this weekend.
Both Xbox semi-finals ended in upsets to set up the contest between Mendes and Arbin. The latter pulled off the first, taking down the reigning cross-console champ Niklas "NRaseck7" Raseck in penalties. With the score knotted at one after two legs, the German was unable to muster a third straight penalty win in order to reach the final four; the shootout ended 6-5 to Arbin.
Contrastingly, Diogo took a commanding 4-0 lead against former FIFA eWorld Cup champ Aldossary "Tundra Msdossary" Mosaad in the first leg, thanks to a stunning performance from his Lionel Messi. While the Sporting man has collapsed under pressure at times this weekeend, Mendes held on to keep the margin at four both times the Saudi pegged him back in the second. The aggregate scoreline read 6-2 in the end.
A decisive goal in the second leg pushed Leese through to the PS4 console final; the tie against Swedish newcomer Oliver "OliBoli7" Uttgren, who was playing in his first competitive tournament, ended 2-1 to the Hashtag player. Umut came from behind to force extra-time in the other PlayStation semi-final, after SL Benfica's Henrique "Zezinho" Lempke took a one-goal lead in the first leg. Umut would only need another goal, an across-the-body shot in the 113th minute, to complete the comeback.
The FIFA 20 Global Series will return next month with the February FUT Champions Cup. The three-day coverage will kick off with the Swiss group stages on the 21st.