FIFA 18 E-League Round 2 Wrap Up: A Cracking Sydney Derby & Marcus Gomes shows his skills

POSTED BY Toby Berger February 23, 2018 in ArticlesEsports, Featured, Features, Top Post,
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The E-League went from strength to strength this week following on from a great first round of action. This week we saw the first ever digital Sydney Derby, the “Eriginal” rivalry match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory, and an absolute masterclass from Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes.

Here’s everything that happened this week in Australia’s biggest competitive FIFA 18 competition:

PlayStation 4 Fixtures

Match 1: CCM Kiran Gupta (KyrenFIFA) vs Phoenix Christian Bartolillo (Fweshest)
Result: 2-1

A great game to kick off the round saw Central Coast Mariners’ KyrenFIFA take on Wellington Phoenix’s Fweshest. It was the latter who got off to a fantastic start, scoring a cracking finish via Cristiano Ronaldo in the 8th minute to begin the scoring. And Fweshest, who had a poor match against Perth Glory’s Saisanas last week, looked in control for the majority of the first half.

That all turned around when KyrenFIFA came out of the gates swinging in the second half, and a fantastic counter attack allowed him to see Messi equalise in the 66th minute with a well-placed finesse shot. With the momentum on his side, KyrenFIFA pushed up again just 12 in-game minutes later and scored a great goal thanks to a fantastic cut back from Central Coast’s Hoole to give Messi an easy tap in. Controversially, the referee blew for full time when Fweshest had a great chance to equalise in the 18-yard box, though nothing could be done! Central Coast draw first blood.

Key Moment: KyrenFIFA’s goal in the 78th minute took a lot of Fweshest’s momentum out of the game, and allowed him to eventually end the match with a win.

Match 2: Roar Dino Flocco (ol_Mate_) vs Jets’ Bohdan Ling (BLfifa)
Result: 2-2

What an excellent match! Coming in as the new kid, BLfifa did more than enough to justify his position in the tournament, really taking it to Roar’s ol_Mate_ from the get-go. He was punished, however, for a bad mix up in passing in the 11th minute, to which the Brisbane man found a way to goal and scored to make it 1-0. From that point onward, though, BLfifa upped his game and scored right off the kick off, more or less. Shortly after, BLfifa took the lead in the 40th minute thanks to a cheeky chip goal from Ronaldo, and all looked to be going his way after some dominant play.

Just like the game before, the second half was a different story, as Roar’s ol_Mate_ replied with some great passing play to put the Jets man on the back foot. The pressure paid due when ol_Mate_ scored in the 64th minute to make it 2-2. And having scored, it looked like the Brisbane player was going to be the one to take the win, but that never came to fruition, culminating in a deserved 2-2 draw.

Key Moment: Brisbane Roar’s ol_Mate_ replied to an onslaught of pressure from BLfifa excellently in the second half, and his goal in the 2nd half to make it 2-2 was key to bringing home a point.

Match 3: Melbourne Victory’s Mouad Zwed (MuadZwed) vs Adelaide United’s Zachary May-Burgess (vDreamz-Shooter)
Result: 1-2

Adelaide took the points in this match, which was largely a cagey affair that saw chances for both sides. Adelaide United’s Dreamz dominated for large portions of the match, with Victory’s MuadZwed making the most of his counter attacking play to try and spring a quick counter and score from there. Dreamz opened the scoring via an own goal courtesy of Victory’s Maldini, though it only took 10 in-game minutes for the score to be clawed back to 1-1.

In the end it was Dreamz that took the win, however, thanks to a great goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 84th minute, which put MuadZwed on the back foot for the remainder of the match. That said, the Victory player did have a great chance to equalise through a close free kick opportunity in the 90th minute, but it was easily saved.

Key Moment: An 84th minute goal courtesy of Adelaide United’s Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the deal and put Victory on the back foot. With not a lot of time remaining, the match was all but over.

Match 4: Perth Glory’s Peter Saisanas (Saisanas) vs Melbourne City’s Josh Wood (joshingwood)
Result: 4-1

Having predicted this one to end 4-4, I’m honestly very surprised with the 4-1 scoreline! That said, Glory’s Saisanas again showed in this match how good he is in the second half of games, scoring three massive goals to put any hope of a win beyond reach for Melbourne City’s joshingwood.

Both players started very well, and this led to an entertaining first half of closely contested FIFA, with the first half eventually ending 1-1. However, Saisanas produced a handful of classic counter attacking movements in the second half to undo joshingwood’s defence to score his goals. Unreal, this.

Key Moment: Saisanas’ third goal in the 73rd minute, courtesy of a cracking counter attack and scored by Lionel Messi, killed off all hope of salvaging the game for City’s joshingwood.

Match 5: Sydney FC’s Mark Brijeski (xMarkoHD) vs Western Sydney Wanderers’ Rick Tran (RDOUBLETTT)
Result: 2-0

The first leg of the E-League’s inaugural Sydney derby saw Sydney FC’s xMarkoHD take the win courtesy of some fine play and a wonderful set of goals. It wasn’t all so easy for the Sydney FC man, though, as Western Sydney’s RDOUBLETTT made a go of it for good portions of the match, though nothing ever came to fruition.

It was two great goals — via a well-worked corner routine and a great counter attack — that saw Marko take the win in the end, though it could have been by much more had it not been for in-form goalkeeper David De Gea, who saved more than a handful of goal-bound strikes for ROUBLETTT, keeping the score respectable. Marko dominated for most of the match, and his quality really showed.

Key Moment: The second strike, which saw Sydney FC’s Cristiano Ronaldo steal the ball from De Gea’s reach and slot it into an open net in the 88th minute, cancelled out any chance of Western Sydney’s RDOUBLETTT making a comeback.


Xbox One Fixtures

Match 6: Central Coast Mariners’ Matthew Camilleri (StrawHat Camels) vs Wellington Phoenix’s Justin Josevski (Justmanutd12)
Result: 2-1

Central Coast were the first team to take all three points this round thanks to an inspired effort by StrawHat Camels, who won his match against Wellington’s Justmanutd12 2-1.

It was a close affair, this one, and you’d perhaps argue that it just wasn’t Justmanutd12’s day in the end, with some bad luck coming his way throughout the match. Camilleri started the better of the two, eventually scoring in the 35th minute to solidify a two-goal advantage on aggregate. And in the second half it was all Camilleri for good portions, and he made the pressure count with a great strike to make it 2-0 and 4-1 on aggregate.

When you thought all hope was lost for Phoenix, though, Justmanutd12 scored a big goal with still some time to play to bring the deficit back to just two goals. And yet with momentum on his side, he missed a huge chance with Neymar that would have mounted the pressure on StrawHat Camels in the latter part of the match. In the end, Central Coast’s man hung on and they take the three points.

Key Moment: Wellington Phoenix’s Justmanutd12 missed a massive chance with Neymar in the late stages that would have mounted the pressure on StrawHat Camels leading up to the 90th minute, meaning all hope was lost for any sort of comeback.

Final Result: Central Coast Mariners win 4-2 on aggregate

Match 7: Brisbane Roar’s James Williams (iCripsy) vs Newcastle Jets’ Dane Crow (Bossierhickory8)
Result: 2-1

As has been the case for the second leg of fixtures, matches have been tight and very, very nervy for players trying to hold out or push for wins. And that was the case again here, as Brisbane Roar’s iCripsy was up 2-0 yet couldn’t hold out Newcastle Jets’ Bossierhickory8’s consistent dangerous attacks, and he eventually conceded a goal.

With a 4-3 aggregate advantage, iCripsy almost fell to an inspirational effort from Newcastle Jets’ Bossierhickory8, who spurned a golden opportunity to tie up the aggregate contest, smashing a shot right over the bar with a few minutes to spare. Had this gone in, I think we may have seen a completely different contest and result. Nonetheless, iCripsy held out for the win to give Brisbane Roar another set of three points.

Key Moment: Had Jets’ Bossierhickory8 scored that second half chance to make it 2-2 and 4-4 on aggregate, then we would have had quite the game on our hands. He missed it, and Brisbane Roar take the points in the end.

Final Result: Brisbane Roar win 4-3 on aggregate

Match 8: Melbourne Victory’s Mitch Austin (ALCATRAZZ_2025) vs Adelaide United’s Jamie O’Doherty (FUTWIZ Jamie)
Result: 0-3

Adelaide’s FUTWIZ Jamie, one of the competition favourites, showed his skill in his match against Melbourne Victory’s Mitch Austin, culminating in a 3-0 defeat for the Victory player.

Yet while the scoreline may look like Austin was dominated this just wasn’t the case, as Austin made a handful of great efforts on goal, only kept out by an in-form David De Gea. It’s a bit unlucky for the Victory man to not even manage to score a goal in the end, but that’s just how FIFA can be at times. One thing’s for sure though — any doubters over Austin’s FIFA ability would surely be reconsidering after two positive showings. He’s made a real go of the competition so far, and I’m sure he’ll pull off some results for his side sooner rather than later.

Key Moment: FUTWIZ Jamie scored in the 22nd minute to make it 2-0 for his side, as well as raising the aggregate score to 4-1, which, at that point, made it extremely difficult for Victory’s Mitch Austin to pull any kind of result back.

Final Result: Adelaide United win 5-1 on aggregate

Match 9: Perth Glory’s David Cook (HighFly357) vs Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes (SoccerStar007777)
Result: 1-6

An absolutely insane game of FIFA saw Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes show his class and overturn a three-goal deficit, beating Perth’s HighFly357 6-1 to take the aggregate win 7-5 for his City side.

Gomes was right on the ball from the kickoff, scoring two goals within 10 in-game minutes. Perth’s HighFly357 brought it back to 2-1 a few moments later, but the rout was just beginning as Gomes had the lion’s share of chances and punished his opponent’s mistakes. This is what everyone was expecting from Marcus Gomes, and he finally showed his quality.

Key Moment: Gomes’ second goal in the 11th minute was key in establishing the momentum he carried throughout the entirety of the game, playing quick, incisive passes to open up Perth’s defence and punishing the small mistakes being made.

Final Result: Melbourne City win 7-5 on aggregate

Match 10: Sydney FC’s Samer Elbadar (Samer96_) vs Western Sydney Wanderers’ Joseph Nassar (OhNoAGoat)
Result: 3-4

If Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes didn’t produce an incredible match earlier in the night, the second leg of the E-League Sydney Derby would take the cake for match of the round without a doubt.

Sydney FC’s Samer96_, who played extremely well defensively against Marcus Gomes in Round 1, began with purpose against Western Sydney Wanderers’ OhNoAGoat. This pressure eventually led to a goal in the 18th minute, adding to the aggregate score and piling on the pressure on the Western Sydney player.

Following on from a fairly contained and entertaining first half, the game burst into life thanks to Samer96_ making it 3-1 in the match via a cracking Thierry Henry finish. And when all hope seemed to be lost for the Western Sydney Goat, he rallied and produced a masterclass of finishing, eventually winning the match 4-3 in the dying moments of the game — though it was too little too late, with the sky blue side winning on aggregate 5-4.

Key Moment: The third goal from Sydney FC’s Samer96_ made the mountain a little too high for Western Sydney Wanderers’ OhNoAGoat, who’s inspired comeback effort fell just short.

Final Result: Sydney FC Win 5-4 on aggregate


Ladder After Round 2

Standing

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal Difference

Points

1

CC Mariners

2

2

0

0

+3

6

2

Sydney FC

2

2

0

0

+2

6

3

Brisbane Roar

2

2

0

0

+2

6

4

WS Wanderers

2

1

0

1

+3

3

5

Adelaide United

2

1

0

1

+3

3

6

Perth Glory

2

1

0

1

+1

3

7

Melbourne City

2

1

0

1

+1

3

8

Wellington Phoenix

2

0

0

2

-5

0

9

Melbourne Victory

2

0

0

2

-5

0

10

Newcastle Jets

2

0

0

2

-5

0

Goal of the Round: Melbourne City’s Lionel Messi vs Perth Glory

Marcus Gomes dominated his match against Perth Glory’s HighFly357, and his sixth and final goal against the Glory man was an absolute peach. An incisive lob pass from the right-hand side of the field landed right at Lionel Messi’s feet inside the 18-yard-box, where he had all the time he needed to slot the ball home and make it 6-1.

Game of the Round: Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes vs Perth Glory’s David Cook

What else could have take this spot this week? Marcus Gomes had an insurmountable task ahead of him going into this leg of the round, sitting at a three-goal deficit. Yet two goals in the opening 11 in-game minutes inspired an outrageous 6-1 win, in turn giving his Melbourne City side a 7-5 aggregate win to claim their first points of the competition.

Player of the Round: Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes

With all of the hype surrounding Gomes going into Round 1 last week, his performance was lukewarm at best. This week, however, Gomes showed exactly why he’s a favourite to win the entire E-League tournament thanks to some dizzying dribbling skills, a set of fantastic goals, and an attitude that never quits. A masterclass of a showing from the youngster.


Final Thoughts

This week’s fixtures produced some wonderful FIFA, and it was an absolute joy to watch. The stories surrounding player rivalries are starting to develop, and the whole competition is really starting to come into its own. Something I really liked this week, as well, was having Brisbane Roar’s James Williams (iCripsy) and Sydney FC’s Mark Brijeski (xMarkoHD) on commentary and giving insight on the matches they were covering. This not only divvied up what was being said by the regular commentators, but it also gave an intriguing insight into how the professional FIFA players would see a game play out. I hope to see more of this next week!

You can catch all of the games from 8pm AEDT every Thursday on Twitch or via FOX Sports’ streaming hub online.

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