FIFA Interactive World Cup: Mohamad Al-Bacha beats Sean Allen in final
By James Walker-Roberts
Last Updated: 23/03/16 8:50am
Denmark's Mohamad Al-Bacha was crowned FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) champion after beating England's Sean Allen in a thrilling final in New York on Tuesday.
Over two million players from around the world took part in online qualification for the largest video gaming tournament in the world, but only 32 players made it to the finals.
It was Al-Bacha, 17, and Allen who progressed to the two-legged final, with one leg played on PlayStation 4 and one on Xbox One.
After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Al-Bacha fought back from 3-1 down in the second leg to level at 5-5 and win on away goals.
He was presented with the trophy by World Cup winner and New York City FC captain David Villa and also received a cheque for $20,000 and an invitation to attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich.
"To win the competition is beyond words for me," he said. "For the last few months I have really worked on my performance and was totally committed to playing the best I could here in New York.
"Being presented with the winner's trophy by David Villa is amazing and I can't quite believe this is reality yet."
The 2016 tournament was the 12th edition of the FIWC but the first that was played across two consoles.
"It's been a real eye opener for me to see the level of competition here," said Villa. "The professionalism and mental strength in the final was just like in a real World Cup final. I played a few of the competitors myself but I'm nowhere near their level."Congratulates to Mohamad Al-Bacha. He played a great match this evening and showed a real passion for football."