James Maddison, Leicester win ePremier League invitational with big win vs. John Egan, Sheffield United
It's all over in the ePremier League Invitational (2nd edition) and we have a winner! Leicester's James Maddison was too good for Sheffield United's John Egan in the final. It was a shame to see such a runaway result in the final as both pros scraped through the semis, with Egan edging Norwich's Max Aarons and Maddison needing a golden goal (and a comeback from 3-1 down) to see off Aston Villa's Keinan Davis.
Here are all the latest results, highlights and fixtures in the tournament's second season and our comprehensive guide to all the best of the quarantine-friendly competitions taking place at the moment.
It all began at Leyton Orient, of all places, but there are a host of online soccer tournaments springing up, involving some of the world's top players, clubs and leagues in lieu of the real thing.
Thousands of competitors are going head-to-head on FIFA 20 and PES 2020, with some big names also pitching in to help aid the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down football and most other aspects of normal life across the globe.
Euro 2020 postponed until next year? No problem, watch it play out online right now! Missing La Liga, the Bundesliga and MLS? Fear not! There are esports versions being played out across a host of social networks.
ONGOING TOURNAMENTS: ePremier League Invitational (2nd edition) | UEFA eEURO 2020 | eNations FIFA Stay and Play Cup | eMLS FIFA 20 Tournament | eLiga MX | NHS Charities Together Cup | Football Manager Cup | COMPLETED TOURNAMENTS
ePremier League Invitational (2nd edition)
When: Four matches will be streamed live per day from 3 p.m. BST on Tuesday, May 5.
The semifinals and final will then take place from 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.
Who: Premier League clubs will once again be putting forward one of their players to compete, with Phil Foden (Manchester City), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), James Maddison (Leicester City), John Egan (Sheffield United), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur) and Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) all set to take part.
Why: The first edition of the ePremier League invitational raised thousands of pounds for the Players Together fund, which will all be donated to the National Health Service (NHS) and supporting services.
It's hoped that the next round will help add even more vital funds to the pot.
The semis and final will also be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
With the bracket reset, a brand new batch of Premier League stars are now vying for virtual glory, and all for the best possible cause.
Round 1: Tuesday, May 5
Spencer Owen, YouTuber (West Ham) 1-3 Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham)
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) 2 -1 Micheal Ward, actor (Arsenal)
Rolando Aarons (Newcastle) 1-4 Jofra Archer, England cricketer (Manchester United)
James Maddison (Leicester) vs. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) (POSTPONED DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES)
Round of 16: Wednesday, May 6
Jose Enrique (Liverpool) 1-6 Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)
Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves) 0-3 Aaron Connolly (Brighton)
Tony Bellew, former world cruiserweight champion (Everton) 0-7 Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) 4-2 Andre Gray (Watford)
Round 1 (rearranged fixture): Thursday, May 7
Round of 16: Thursday, May 7
Max Aarons (Norwich) 1-4 Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham)
Phil Foden (Manchester City) 3-4 Charlie Taylor (Burnley)
John Egan (Sheffield United) 4-3 Jofra Archer, England cricketer (Manchester United)
Max Meyer Crystal Palace 2-3 James Maddison (Leicester)
Quarterfinals: Friday May 8 from 3 p.m. BST
James Maddison (Leicester) 4-3 Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Charlie Taylor (Burnley) 1-8 Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)
John Egan (Sheffield United) 4-2 Aaron Connolly (Brighton)
Max Aarons (Norwich) 3-1 Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea)
Semifinals: Saturday, May 9
Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) 3-4* James Maddison (Leicester) *after golden goal
Max Aarons (Norwich) 1-2 John Egan (Sheffield United)
Final: Saturday, May 9
James Maddison (Leicester) 5-1 John Egan (Sheffield United)
UEFA eEURO 2020
The draw for the #eEURO2020 final tournament has been made! 🙌— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) May 1, 2020
Who are you backing to lift the 🏆? 🤔
ℹ️ The finals will be played as an online tournament on 23 and 24 May. The top two from each group advance to the quarter-finals. pic.twitter.com/Rkr7clsMeE
When: The final tournament will be played May 23-24.
Who: After the playoffs, 16 teams have qualified. Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Romania, Denmark, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Greece, France, Israel.
According to UEFA, "each participating national association is competing with a national efootball team of between two and four gamers to represent their country."
The top two countries advance to the quarterfinals, then, in true UEFA style, it all gets a bit complicated.
Over to UEFA, who says: "The four group winners will be randomly drawn against a runner-up team from another group. Each match until the final will be a best-of-three series. The final will be a best-of-five. Matches will be played 1v1."
Why: Champions will win tickets to the final of the actual UEFA European Championship next year as well as a cash prize of €40,000 for the winners.
Where: Matches will be streamed live on UEFA's official YouTube channel.
Why should I care? UEFA's grand PES 2020 tournament boasts the distinction of being the largest "efootball" international competition ever staged, with 55 nations originally entering into the preliminary rounds.
As things stand, some 10,000 gamers have taken part, while streamed content from the tournament (including the draws) has been viewed by over 2 million people.
Also, with the real thing postponed until 2021, this is as close to a European Championship you'll be getting for a while.
eMLS FIFA 20 Tournament
Who ya got?— 🎮 Major League Soccer (@eMLS) April 13, 2020
eMLS & @MLS stars team up to compete in #FIFA20 🎮
Sundays @ 7 PM ET on @FS1 #eMLS Tournament Special#MLSUnites / #StayAndPlay
➡️ https://t.co/ioRyzHZC1V pic.twitter.com/Fclao4KH5Y
When: The straight knockout FIFA 20 competition kicked off on Sunday, April 19, and plays every Sunday for five weeks.
Where: Matches are aired on FS1 and Fox Deportes starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Why: After each episode, MLS WORKS, the league's social responsibility platform, is making a donation on behalf of the winning club to Feeding America, with MLS also supporting Food Banks Canada.
Why should I care? Lots of big names from MLS are partnering with the clubs' respective eMLS gamers, making for some potentially exciting matchups. And because the real deal is on hold!
MLS stars who will participate in the tournament include D.C. United's Paul Arriola, New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez, Minnesota United's Tyler Miller, Sporting Kansas City's Wan Kuzain, New York Red Bulls Aaron Long and New York City FC's Sean Johnson.
When: Began on April 10. The Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America will take place on May 24, with the Clasico Regio featuring Monterrey and Tigres on May 23 and the Clasico Tapatio involving Chivas and Atlas on May 10.
The regular season of the e-tournament is set to end on June 7, although no dates have yet been published for the playoffs.
Who: Each of the 18 clubs in Liga MX will be represented by a team of three players from their 2020 Clausura squads. Club America's Giovani dos Santos and Tigres' Nahuel Guzman will be taking control of their teams.
Why: Liga MX has been shut down since March 15, so the league restarted in digital form to offer fans pining for football an alternative.
Where: Games are broadcast live on TV in Mexico and the United States and highlights are posted online.
Why should I care? With the real thing on ice, the e-league competition mirrors the 2020 Clausura season -- i.e., a full regular season and then a playoff to decide the champion. And the banter as current players square off gives it a little extra edge.
Results: Dos Santos and Guzman went head to head in the second round, with Club America winning 3-2.
EFL Football Manager Cup
The EFL Football Manager Cup 🏆— Football Manager (@FootballManager) April 19, 2020
Round One 🤝 pic.twitter.com/p7xIbyo1m9
When: Monday, April 20, to the final on Sunday, May 17.
Who: No less than 54 Football League clubs will take part in the knockout tournament, all represented by a "virtual manager." Managers will include club staff, prominent members of the FM community and even a few professional footballers mixed in, including Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) and Romaine Sawyers (West Brom).
Why: Football Manager have partnered with Mind and the EFL to bring you the EFL Football Manager Cup: an FM tournament. The goal is to raise £20,000 in support of the mental healthy charity.
Where: Matches will be uploaded to the FM YouTube channel.
Why should I care? If you're not keen on the FIFA or PES versions and management is more your thing, then a host of non-Premier League clubs will offer you the chance to beat the rest. With real EFL football postponed until further notice, this is about as close as you'll get to seeing your side in action. Great for keeping those Football League withdrawal symptoms at bay.
FIFA eNations Stay and Play Cup
📄 | NOTA | #eFootball— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) April 21, 2020
¡Vamos con todo! 💪🏻 🇲🇽
¡@Rpizarrot y @VillaMore3 serán nuestros representantes en la eNations #StayAndPlay Cup 🏆 que inicia mañana! ⚽ 🎮
Aquí más info. ➡️ https://t.co/yc2fywLKMV #PasiónyOrgullo | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/id84GJIMQ5
When: The tournament was due to run April 21-25 but has been postponed due to "technical and organisational problems."
Who: It's an international edition of the original FIFA Stay and Play Cup, with one professional footballer from every competing nation finding himself paired with a compatriot esports pro.
AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli was due to represent Italy but took issue with opponents Spain not lining up with a professional footballer in their two-man team, instead entering YouTuber DjMariio alongside esports pro Jaime "Gravesen" Alvarez.
Why: After the success of the FIFA Stay and Play Cup, it will be fun to see what happens when footballers and esports players join forces in a bid for global supremacy.
Where: Games will be streamed live via Twitch.
Why should I care?: There are 43 member associations taking part, with each "match" consisting of two games -- one between the esports pros and one between the two footballers.
Honestly, it's just nice to see Scotland qualify for a World Cup again, even if it is only virtual.
COMPLETED TOURNAMENTS: ePremier League Invitational | EA Sports FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup | The Football's Staying Home Cup | Bundesliga Home Challenge | The STAY INtertoto Cup | Virtual Milan Derby | Ultimate Quaran-Team | La Liga Challenge | All At Home Gaming Cup | Waiting for Serie A | Combat Corona | Restez Chez Vous Trophy
NHS Charities Together Cup
When: Kicked off on April 27 and ended May 3.
Who: An all-star FIFA 20 knockout tournament consisting of eight celebrity teams, with three players per team and legendary pundit Chris Kamara on commentary.
Former Chelsea captain John Terry was involved, as was one of Australia's greatest footballers, Tim Cahill. Former England internationals Shaun Wright Phillips and Joleon Lescott joined forces on the same team as Fabrice Muamba, whose life was saved by the NHS after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012. In women's football, Arsenal and England defender Leah Williamson was on the same team as club teammate Vivianne Miedema, as well as Scotland and Chelsea talisman Erin Cuthbert.
Fellow international sports stars Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Joe Root (cricket), Justin Rose (golf) and Ben Youngs (rugby union), as well as pro boxers Dillian Whyte and Tony Bellew, also took part along with a smattering of non-sporting celebrities.
Why: The goal was to raise £10m for the NHS and supporting charities. All proceeds went to the NHS Charities Togethers: COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
Where: Matches were streamed live on social media, with reaction, highlights and behind-the-scenes action also available on the Celebrity Esport website.
Why should I care?: Slick production and big-name involvement lent an air of professionalism in lieu of real televised football.
Most importantly, all funds raised were donated directly to those assisting in the frontline fight against coronavirus in the U.K..
Final: Former Premier Leaguers Shaun Wright-Phillips, Fabrice Muamba and Joleon Lescott defeated Love Islanders Chris & Kem and Shaughna Phillips by a score of two games to one in the final series.
ePremier League Invitational (1st edition)
🚨 Announcing the #ePremierLeague Invitational 🚨— Premier League (@premierleague) April 17, 2020
👀Watch some of your favourite #PL players go head-to-head in a knockout @EASPORTSFIFA tournament.
🗓 Starts on 21 April
All the info you need here 👉 https://t.co/GS61PDFOsH pic.twitter.com/bgrAIwDabH
When: The competition ran April 21-25.
Why: The prize money was donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, which was created by Premier League players as a collective way of generating funds for the NHS.
Why should I care? It was a chance to see a whole host of famous Premier League footballers either excel or hopelessly embarrass themselves on FIFA 20 -- and all for a great cause.
First round -- April 21
John McGinn (Aston Villa) 1-6 Neal Maupay (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Josh Franceschi, lead singer of You Me At Six (Arsenal) 4-3 Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford)
Dwight McNeil (Burnley) 3-2 Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United)
Philip Billing (Bournemouth) 4-0 Angus Gunn (Southampton)
Round of 16 -- April 22
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 5-4 Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Tom Grennan, singer (Manchester United) 1-5 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Reece James (Chelsea) 0-8 Andre Gomes (Everton)
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) 1-2 Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)
Round of 16 -- April 23
Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 8-2 James Justin (Leicester City)
Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) 2-6 Lys Mousset (Sheffield United)
Neal Maupay (Brighton & Hove Albion) 4-2 Philip Billing (Bournemouth)
Josh Franceschi, lead singer of You Me At Six (Arsenal) 1-3 Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
Quarterfinals -- April 24
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 4-1 Christian Atsu (Newcastle United)
Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 5-2 Lys Mousset (Sheffield United)
Andre Gomes (Everton) 2-4 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Neal Maupay (Brighton & Hove Albion) 0-1 Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
Semifinals/Final -- April 25
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 3-2 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 4-1 Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
Alexander-Arnold set the stage for the semifinals by producing a stunning comeback to eliminate Sterling. Indeed, the Liverpool man came roaring back from two goals down to equalise before sending the tie to golden goal and finally delivering the decisive blow to his Man City rival in extra-time.
After a pulsating conclusion to the opening tie, Jota followed suit in the second semi by easing past McNeill with a consummate 4-1 victory.
Final -- April 25
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 1-2 Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Alexander-Arnold and Jota advanced to meet in the final, which proved to be an altogether cagier affair.
The opponents traded e-blows but things remained level during the early stages before the Liverpool man finally made his breakthrough thanks to some trademark delivery from the flank. However, Jota clawed himself back level with just 15 minutes left to play thanks to a cute backheel flick in the build-up.
And so, the final went to golden goal -- the second game to do so on the day and only the third match to go to extra-time during the entire competition. It went the distance but it was pre-tournament favourite Jota who slipped loose from his marker and powered home the winner to seal the inaugural ePremier League Invitational crown in spectacular style.
EA Sports FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup
When: The final was played on April 19.
Who: EA Sports organised their very own FIFA knockout tournament that saw nominated footballers from 20 of the biggest clubs in Europe go head-to-head.
Why: As part of the proceedings, EA Sports vowed to donate $1 million to Global Giving's Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Where: Games were broadcast live on ESPN2 and the ESPN app in the U.S, and streamed via EA Sports' official FIFA Twitch channel elsewhere.
Why should I care? There were professional players representing some of Europe's elite clubs, including Ajax (Sergino Dest), Atletico Madrid (Joao Felix), Chelsea (Cesar Azpilicueta), Borussia Dortmund (Achraf Hakimi), Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold), Manchester City (Phil Foden), Paris Saint-Germain (Juan Bernat), Real Madrid (Vinicius Junior), AS Roma (Justin Kluivert) and Tottenham Hotspur (Serge Aurier).
Karlstrom 1-2 Daramy
Lindstrom 1-2 Karlstrom
Bahoui 2-3 Daramy
Lindstrom 5-2 Kluivert
Karlstrom 3-2 Alexander-Arnold
Bahoui 4-0 Guimaraes
Daramy 3-1 Silva
Round of 16
Vinicius Jr 1-4 Alexander-Arnold
Aurier 2-3 Silva
Bernat 0-2 Kluivert
Azpilicueta 0-2 Lindstrom
Hakimi 1-2 Karlstrom
Joao Felix 2-6 Guimaraes B
Foden 1-2 Bahoui
Dest 2-7 Daramy M.
Round of 32 (*some players received byes)
Daramy 3-0 Alho
Ihattaren 2-4 Bahoui
Vallejo 2-5 Karlstrom
Khaoui 2-8 Lindstrom
The Football's Staying Home Cup
When: The first round was April 10 with the final April 16.
Why: Funds raised were donated to the National Emergencies Trust.
Why should I care? There were plenty of big names involved from across the England men's, women's and under-21 sides, with the competition making up part of the FA's #FootballsStayingAtHome initiative.
The all-star cast of players included Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lucy Bronze, Jordan Nobbs, James Maddison, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Ryan Sessegnon.
Marcus Rashford 1-2 Jadon Sancho
Jordan Nobbs 0-4 Eddie Nketiah
Reiss Nelson 1-3 Ryan Sessegnon
Lucy Bronze 1-0 Ellie Roebuck
Trent Alexander-Arnold 1-3 Max Aarons
Todd Cantwell 5-0 Mason Mount
Tammy Abraham 5-2 Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Wilson 2-3 James Maddison
Jadon Sancho 3-1 Eddie Nketiah
Ryan Sessegnon 6-1 Lucy Bronze
Max Aarons 3-4 Todd Cantwell
Tammy Abraham 2-3 James Maddison
Jadon Sancho 4-2 Ryan Sessegnon
Todd Cantwell 7-1 James Maddison
Todd Cantwell 4-0 Jadon Sancho
Bundesliga Home Challenge
Who: 29 teams from the top two divisions of German football, as well as a referee's team.
In most cases, each club was represented by one of their senior pros as well as another staff member.
Why: Designed to enforce the message to stay at home and isolate during the coronavirus outbreak, the Bundesliga provided some entertainment to help keep cabin fever at arm's length.
Why should I care? Because who wouldn't want to see professional players try to get their revenge on a team consisting entirely of referees?
The STAY INtertoto Cup
Here are the teams who've already agreed to take part in the inaugural#STAYINtertotoCup— STAY INtertoto Cup (@LockdownFIFA) April 7, 2020
If your team isn't here, get tagging!
All the work that is going in to this is to raise money for the #NHS.
If you can spare any amount, please do;
Who: Lots of players from Premier League, Championship and Football League clubs as well as some from outside the U.K. banded together to play a round-robin FIFA 20 tournament. French club Lorient were crowned champions, beating Premier League outfit Bournemouth 6-3 in the final.
Why: While serving to stave off boredom for the quarantined pros involved, the STAY INtertoto Cup raised money for NHS Staff.
Why should I care? Actual players from from England's professional leagues and beyond, representing their clubs -- what's not to love?
The name of the competition is also a rather excellent pun, and suitably nostalgic for football fans of a certain vintage who remember the preseason tournament for European clubs who had not qualified for UEFA competitions. The Intertoto Cup, always something of an oddity, was eventually scrapped in 2008.
Virtual Milan Derby
When: April 11
Who: AC Milan's Portuguese forward Rafael Leao faced Inter Milan striker Sebastiano Esposito in a PES 2020 version of the Milan Derby.
Why: The two fierce rivals collaborated as part of Milan's initiative to unite all fans during the coronavirus outbreak, with all funds raised going to aid in the fight against Covid-19.
Milan hoped to unite all fans during the coronavirus pandemic and to invite them to contribute to the ongoing fundraising campaign launched by the Club and Fondazione Milan in the fight against Covid-19. The campaign raised over €600,000, with fans able to donate via the Go Fund Me page.
This was the first time the famous Derby della Madonnina has been contested online and, while hardly ideal, it was nice to see the Milan clubs putting their differences aside for a good cause.
Result: A 2-2 draw.
When: The final was on April 7.
Who: Initiated by English third-tier club Leyton Orient as a means of keeping boredom at bay during the lockdown, this international FIFA 20 tournament was the original trailblazer.
Why: As well as staving off tedium in the absence of football, the Quaran-Team competition raised well over half of its £100,000 fundraising goal.
The money raised was split between the EFL (to help keep struggling clubs afloat) and two worthwhile charities, MIND and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the World Health Organisation.
Where: Most matches were streamed live on YouTube.
Results: We had upsets galore, epic clashes, dramatic late winners, incredible 10-goal whitewashes and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack getting himself sent off while playing as Bradley Dack.
Out of the 128 clubs that entered, Premier League side Wolves were the last team standing, beating Dutch outfit Groningen 2-1 in the final.
La Liga Challenge
When: The final was on March 22.
Who: The championship was organised by Spanish YouTuber and gamer Ibai Llanos and involved players from all of Spain's 20 top-flight teams, namely:
Alaves: Lucas Perez
Athletic Bilbao: Gorka Guruzeta
Atletico Madrid: Marcos Llorente
Barcelona: Sergi Roberto*
Celta Vigo: Kevin Vazquez
Eibar: Edu Exposito
Espanyol: Adri Embarba
Granada: Jose Martinez
Leganes: Aitor Ruibal
Levante: Carlos Clerc
Mallorca: Alex Pozo*
Osasuna: Ruben Garcia
Real Betis: Borja Iglesias
Real Madrid: Marco Asensio
Real Sociedad: Adnan Januzaj
Real Valladolid: Pedro Porro
Sevilla: Sergio Reguilon
Valencia: Carlos Soler
Villarreal: Manuel Morlanes
*Clubs had to forfeit games due to their clubs' deals with PES creators Konami.
Why: The idea to create a full tourney came about after around 60,000 football-starved fans tuned in to watch a virtual derby between Borja Iglesias of Real Betis and Sergio Reguilon of Sevilla -- which saw the former triumph in a dramatic 6-5 win for Betis.
As well as helping to keep folks entertained in the absence of real football, the event helped raise around €142,000 to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
Where: Streamed live by Llanos on Twitter.
Result: With Marco Asensio at the helm, the virtual Real powered to a 4-2 victory over Leganes (represented by Aitor Rubial) in the final after seeing off Eibar in the semis.
All At Home Gaming Cup
When: The first tournament was on April 5, then every Saturday until April 25.
Who: Organised by Paris Saint-Germain, weekly winners advanced to face the likes of Layvin Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Juan Bernat and PSG's own esport FIFA pro, DaXe.
Why: As well as the chance to play against a PSG star, there were a variety of prizes up for grabs including match tickets, meet-and-greets, luxury hotel stays in Paris, and various other signed club merchandise.
Where: The pro finals were broadcast on PSG's social channels and live on beIN SPORTS.
Why should I care? The main aim of the tournament was to help reinforce medical and government advice for everybody to stay at home and look after each other during the lockdown.
Waiting For eSerie A
When: Final was on April 18
Who: Serie A got in on the act with a PES 2020 competition pitting four professional footballers -- Giovanni Simeone (Cagliari), Eddie Salcedo (Hellas Verona), Dejan Kulusevski (Parma) and Ronaldo Vieira (Sampdoria) -- against each other for the right to play Fiorentina's Pol Lirola (the winner of a previous tournament) in the final.
Why: Why not?
Where: The competition was streamed on Serie A's YouTube channel and also on TIMVISION in Italy.
Results: Kulusevski made it to the final, but it was a bridge too far as Lirola sealed the victory for Fiorentina.
IT'S CONFIRMED! 🎮⚽️— #CombatCorona (@combatcorona) April 1, 2020
We'll be live on @Twitch this Sunday from 4PM GMT.
Let's raise some money to #CombatCorona 💜https://t.co/pbVmJVb7CY pic.twitter.com/uJxL626vWf
When: April 5
Who: Some big-name contenders were announced, with Gareth Bale and Paulo Dybala in the mix for the FIFA 2020 tournament. They were joined by fellow pros Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Jordan Pickford, Daniel James, Billy Gilmour, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Luke Shaw and Kieran Tierney.
Why: Funds raised -- £18,000 -- were donated to UNICEF to aid in the fight against the coronavirus.
Where: The first games got underway live on Twitch.
Results: In the main event, Dybala, playing as Real Madrid, left Bale out of his starting XI and proceeded to romp to a 3-0 victory over the Welshman's Manchester City side.
Restez Chez Vous Trophy
When: An initial tournament took place April 2-9 with the winner facing the winner of a second tournament (April 10-12) crowned champion.
Who: The FIFA 20 charity tournament was organised by French tennis professional Nicolas Mahut, with Paris Saint-Germain's Thomas Meunier and Valencia's Kevin Gameiro among a whole host of sporting stars involved.
Why: Funds raised by the competition were donated to charities supporting hospitals and medical workers in Paris. Amateur gamers rubbed shoulders with professional athletes in the middle of the esports arena with special prizes (signed tennis rackets, video games, etc) up for grabs.
Where: Mahut set up his own page, from where you could access the games. Indeed, L'Equipe reported that around more than 1,000 participants took part.