ePL Invitational: Todd Cantwell crushed by Lys Mousset, Diogo Jota lays down marker

ePL Invitational: Todd Cantwell crushed by Lys Mousset, Diogo Jota lays down marker

Pre-tournament favourite Todd Cantwell crashed out of the ePL Invitational to surprise package Lys Mousset while Diogo Jota and Neal Maupay booked their spots in the last eight.

On the third day of the tournament, which provides the unique opportunity to see Premier League players put their FIFA 20 skills to the test against one another on the big stage, the final four players booked their spots in the quarter-finals to complete the line-up ahead of Friday.

Jota's experience playing the game was clear to see from the early stages. After scoring with his first attack, perhaps complacency did creep in as Ndidi pulled level against the run of play. However, that awoke the beast and Jota was unstoppable, scoring four goals with 'Diogo Jota' on the game to rack up a convincing victory.

"He's really good," said Ndidi afterwards. "He can win this tournament. I'm not up to that standard."

Never underestimate Sheffield United. Mousset was a 50/1 outsider to win the tournament coming into this with Cantwell the 11/4 favourite but the odds went out of the window with a dominant showing from the Blades man. Both players looked very handy, but it was Mousset that took his chances at a key time at 2-2 and romped away in the closing stages with the Norwich player becoming very frustrated. It looked as though a 'FIFA rage quit' was near but Cantwell resisted the urge.

He said at full-time: "I've played a few games today and lost both, so I'm not in good form. I hate playing with 85's and not with my ultimate team but it's the same for both players. So well played to Lys."

Mousset now meets Jota in Friday's quarter-final.

In a battle of two very skilled FIFA20 operators, the Brighton man edged through but there was little in it during an intense encounter. The game looked set to go to 'Golden Goal' with 10 minutes remaining but Maupay's patient passing game worked the oracle to score two late goals from Glenn Murray, who has scored eight of Maupay 10 goals in the tournament so far.

Billing thinks Maupay has a big chance to win the whole tournament now, saying: "If he continues like that he'll win the whole thing. He's good defensively and good in attack."

The Burnley winger booked his place in the last eight and a date with Maupay after a shrewd tactical performance. The game was finely poised at 1-1 with McNeil's patient style not seeing many early rewards against the You Me At Six singer's defensive block. However, a crucial mistake from the Arsenal representative - trying to play out from the back when it wasn't on - let McNeil in and he saw out the game comfortably, showcasing a very astute keep-ball tactic.

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