Wolves are the winners of the Premier League, or at least the esports version, as the final on FIFA 20 is decided with a golden goal.
The final of the ePremier League Invitational couldn’t have been closer, with Wolves’ Diogo Jota initially being held to a tie by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The tournament has been going on all week, with the semi-finals and final held on Saturday, 25 April and shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event.
It could be a watershed moment for esports in the UK, as the lack of any live football gave the tournament a much larger audience than similar experiments held in the past by the Premier League.
Jota dominated the first half of the final but was a goal down in extra time. The Wolves striker got his equaliser though, thanks to a backheel from virtual Adama Traore.
That left both sides equal after 90 minutes, forcing a second match that was decided by a golden goal.
It took Jota 67 in-game minutes to find the back of the net again, but in the end won the tournament for Wolves thanks to help from the FIFA 20 version of Raul Jimenez.
Although Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling had been an early favourite to win the tournament he was on the receiving end of a golden goal, losing in the semi-final to Alexander-Arnold.
Jota had less trouble getting to the finals, romping home to a 4-1 victory over Burnley’s Dwight McNeil.
Given the success of the tournament it’s likely that the Premier League will attempt to organise something similar again soon, depending on how long the lockdown continues.
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