FIFA 18 E-League Round 5 Wrap Up: Goals Galore For All

POSTED BY Toby Berger March 16, 2018 in ArticlesEsports, Featured, Features, Top Post,
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This week’s E-League action was frantic, frenetic, and filled with goals — it was excellent. We saw a handful of big upsets, a few big victories, and a couple of great comebacks in Round 5, and I’m inclined to think that this week was by far the best week of competition so far. Here’s everything that happened in Round 5 of the FFA FIFA 18 E-League.

Xbox One Division

Match 1: Sydney FC’s Samer Elbadar (Samer96_) vs Brisbane Roar’s James Williams (iCripsy)
Result: 3-1

A surprising opening game saw Sydney FC’s Samer96_ outclass Roar’s Cripsy, with the former getting a couple of sloppy goals to claim a big win for his side. Both players played fairly well, though the pressing play used by Samer96_ was too much for Cripsy to deal with, ultimately undoing any chance of a comeback after the Sydney FC man went up 2-1 late in the second half.

Key Moment: A big goal in the 76th minute from Sydney FC player Adrian practically sealed the victory for Sydney FC and Samer96_.

Match 2: Melbourne Victory’s Mitch Austin vs Central Coast Mariners’ Matthew Camilleri (StrawHat Camels)
Result: 0-3

It was familiar sights in this one, as Mitch Austin failed to score once again and was unfortunate in the goals he conceded. Once again Austin peppered the goal and had some fantastic chances but just couldn’t capitalise on those chances. Counter attacking was the name of Central Coast’s StrawHat Camels’ game, as he scored the first two goals after good opportunities at the other end of the field.

Key Moment: A second goal at the end of the first half more or less finished off the game for StrawHat Camels against Victory’s Mitch Austin.

Match 3: Wellington Phoenix’s Justin Josevski (Justmanutd12) vs Newcastle Jets’ Dane Crow (Bossierhickory8)
Result: 4-2

Wellington Phoenix’s Justmanutd12 took out a big win against Jets’ Bossierhickory8 in this match, with a handful of cracking strikes finishing off an underperforming Hickory. Justmanutd didn’t allow Hickory all that much room to move and he capitalised on some fantastic manoeuvres to open up the Jets man multiple times, deservedly claiming a victory for his side.

Key Moment: A deflected goal put Justmanutd12 up 4-2 late in the second half, which took away any big chance of a comeback win from the Jets’ Bossierhickory8.

Match 4: Western Sydney Wanderers’ Joseph Nassar (OhNoAGoat) vs Perth Glory’s David Cook (HighFly357)
Result: 5-5

This match was by far the best of the entire E-League season so far. After Glory’s HighFly357 started quick by scoring 4 goals within the first 37 minutes against Western Sydney Wanderers’ OhNoAGoat, it looked like the Perth man would earn a huge win for his side. Yet the Goat proved how good he is, coming back to make it 5-5 in the final moments of the match to end the game level. What an absolute cracker!

Key Moment: Western Sydney’s OhNoAGoat scored in the 90th minute via an Alex Sandro strike to equalise and make it 5-5.

Match 5: Adelaide United’s Jamie O’Doherty (FUTWIZ Jamie) vs Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes
Result: 1-1

A surprisingly dull game saw two of the competition’s best competitors finish the contest 1-1, with little to separate the players. That said, it was all Marcus Gomes in the first half as he dominated the majority of the half, yet the second half was all Jamie, as he looked to capitalise and score a big goal to win the game. Nothing came to fruition however, and following a huge save from Adelaide’s David de Gea in the 81st minute the game ended even.

Key Moment: A huge save from David de Gea in the 81st minute kept Adelaide United’s FUTWIZ Jamie in the game, inevitably capping off a solid 1-1 draw between the two sides.

PlayStation 4 Division

Match 6: Sydney FC’s Mark Brijeski (xMarkoHD) vs Brisbane Roar’s Dino Flocco (Ol_Mate_)
Result: 2-0

It was smooth sailing for Sydney FC’s xMarkoHD, as he nabbed two early goals to close out the game against Roar’s Ol_Mate_. The Roar man defended really well for the majority of the match, not allowing a blow out score in terms of goal difference, and had a handful of opportunities to score himself. Had one gone in, who knows what would have happened!

Key Moment: Sydney FC’s xMarkoHD scored a good goal in the 10th in-game minute to make it 2-0 and 5-1 on aggregate, effectively sealing victory against the Roar.

Final Result: Sydney FC win 5-1 on aggregate.

Match 7: Melbourne Victory’s Moaud Zwed (MuadZwed) vs Central Coast Mariners’ Kiran Gupta (KyrenFIFA)
Result: 4-3

Melbourne Victory’s MuadZwed played exceptionally well in this match, and ended KyrenFIFA’s winning streak. That said, the 4-3 win for the Victory man wasn’t enough to see his team win the match on aggregate, as Central Coast finished 6-4 winners on aggregate. It was goals galore, though, and a hugely entertaining matchup!

Key Moment: A big strike in the final moments of the match saw Victory’s Messi score and take a deserved 4-3 win — it wasn’t enough on aggregate, though.

Final Result: Central Coast Mariners win 6-4 on aggregate.

Match 8: Wellington Phoenix’s Christian Bartolillo (Fweshest) vs Newcastle Jets’ Bohdan Ling (BLFifa)
Result: 1-4

A stunning comeback saw Newcastle Jets’ BLFifa earn a deserved win for both himself and his side in this match, beating Wellington Phoenix’s Fweshest 4-1 in one of the best matches of the season so far. The Jets man didn’t hold back in the opening half, scoring two big goals in the first half to level the aggregate score, and while he was pegged back with a goal at the end of the half he didn’t drop his head and kept pushing — eventually leading to a huge win for his side.

Key Moment: An 82nd minute strike saw BLFifa take all three points for the Newcastle Jets, nabbing them their first win of the tournament.

Final Result: Newcastle Jets win 6-5 on aggregate.

Match 9: Western Sydney Wanderers’ Rick Tran (RDOUBLETTT) vs Perth Glory’s Peter Saisanas (Saisanas)
Result: 5-0

What an incredible showing from Western Sydney’s RDOUBLETTT! Coming into the match all square between the two sides, the Western Sydney player played out of his skin to score a handful of early goals to put the result well and truly out of Glory’s Saisanas’ hands. It was consistent domination throughout, and it almost looked like we were watching a completely different player tonight. I can’t wait to see how he goes next week, as it looks like this result could be a big turning point for RDOUBLETTT.

Key Moment: Western Sydney’s RDOUBLETTT scored his third goal of the night right after the second half started, effectively killing off the contest and making it a bit too difficult for Glory’s Saisanas to overturn the aggregate score.

Final Result: Western Sydney Wanderers win 10-5 on aggregate.

Match 10: Adelaide United’s Zachary May-Burgess (vDreamz-Shooter) vs Melbourne City’s Josh Wood (joshingwood)
Result: 3-3

A wonderful game ended in the first E-League draw ever. It was a tight and cagey game in the opening half, with the game — much like a lot of the matches this round — exploding in the second half with a barrage of goals. It looked like Adelaide were going to take the points, only for an excellent attacking move from joshingwood derailing that momentum and ending the game 3-3.

Key Moment: A massive goal in the 90th minute for joshingwood meant both games ended in draws, giving each side a point for the first ever E-League draw.

Final Result: Both teams share the points, as it ends 4-4 on aggregate.


Standings After Round 5

Standing

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal Difference

Points

1

Sydney FC

5

5

0

0

+14

15

2

Central Coast Mariners

5

5

0

0

+7

15

3

Melbourne City

5

3

1

1

+9

10

4

WS Wanderers

5

3

0

2

+8

9

5

Adelaide United

5

2

1

2

+4

7

6

Perth Glory

5

2

0

3

-4

6

7

Newcastle Jets

5

2

0

3

-9

6

8

Brisbane Roar

5

2

0

3

-11

6

9

Wellington Phoenix

5

0

0

5

-9

0

10

Melbourne Victory

5

0

0

5

-9

0

Goal of the Round: Adelaide United’s FUTWIZ Jamie — Lionel Messi

Round 5 of the E-League was all about the well-worked goal, and nothing is more demonstrative of that than this cracking move from Adelaide United’s FUTWIZ Jamie, who carved open Melbourne City’s Marcus Gomes to equalise for his side.

Game of the Round: Western Sydney Wanderers’ OhNoAGoat vs Perth Glory’s HighFly357

It couldn’t have been any other game! What started out with a slew of goals in the opening minutes of the game ended in a 5-5 thriller. Both players played exceptionally well, and this was amazing FIFA to watch — back and forth, and constantly unpredictable.

Player of the Round: Western Sydney Wanderers’ OhNoAGoat & RDOUBLETTT

He looked down and defeated after conceding four goals against Perth Glory’s HighFly357 in the first half, yet the Goat managed to come back and end the game with a 5-5 draw in the end. A ten-goal thriller, and a great way of showing the resilience of the Western Sydney man.

Heck, I had to give this to both of the Western Sydney players this round, considering how fantastic RDOUBLETTT looked against an in-form Saisanas. He was clinical and played out of his skin. If he continues to play like this, he’s going to be a real challenge for his upcoming opponents.


Final Thoughts

After five rounds of E-League competition, I have to say this round was by far the most entertaining of the lot. Lots of goals, lots of upsets, and some great matchups underpinned an excellent evening of FIFA action. I can only hope that this continues on over the next few rounds of competition!

You can catch all of the E-League action every Thursday from 7pm AEDT on Twitch or via Fox Sports’ streaming hub online.

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