Manchester City has beaten Crystal Palace in a tight 5-4 match of FIFA 20, as the Premier League’s esports tournament gets underway.
The Premier League’s alternative to the lack of real football has seen a thrilling opening tie match between Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha on FIFA 20.
Sterling just edged a victory with five goals to four, earning himself a place in the last 16, where he’ll face either Chelsea’s Reece James or Everton’s Andre Gomes.
The tournament started yesterday, with the semi-finals and final due to take place on Saturday, 25 April where there’ll be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
ePL Invitational First Round draws
John McGinn (AVL) 1 – 6 Neal Maupay (BHA)
Josh Franceschi (ARS) 4 – 3 Nathaniel Chalobah (WAT)
Dwight McNeil (BUR) 3 -2 Ryan Fredericks (WHU)
Philip Billing (BOU) 4 – 0 Angus Gunn (SOU)
Raheem Sterling (MCI) 5 – 4 Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
Tom Grennan (MUN) vs. Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
Reece James (CHE) vs. Andre Gomes (EVE)
Moussa Sissoko (TOT) vs. Christian Atsu (NEW)
Diogo Jota (WOL) vs. Wilfred Ndidi (LEI)
Todd Cantwell (NOR) vs. Lys Mousset (SHU)
Neal Maupay (BHA) vs. Philip Billing (BOU)
Josh Franceschi (ARS) vs. Dwight McNeil (BUR)
It’s not the first time the Premier League has experimented with esports, having run a similar event last year, but the lockdown and the lack of any real football gives them a much bigger potential audience this time.
It certainly helps that so many Premier League players are also FIFA 20 fans and the match between Sterling and Zaha showed that both definitely knew what they were doing.
His victory makes Sterling one of the firm favourites to win the whole tournament, although not all competitors are professional footballers, with the likes of musician Tom Grennan representing Manchester United.
The rest of the round 1 matches will continue on tomorrow, before the quarter-finals on Friday. Those won’t be live on TV but you can watch them on the Sky Sports YouTube and Twitch channels, plus the Football Daily YouTube channel.
The Premier League website, app, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels are also all covering the tournament as it progresses.
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