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Diogo Jota wins ePL invitational tournament

Wolves’ Diogo Jota on, Saturday, 25th April 2020 beat Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold 2-1 to win the inaugural edition of the ePL invitational tournament. Both players had secured qualifications to the finals of the tournament with impressive performances in the semi-finals, but it was Jota who came out on top in the finals.

Diogo Jota secured a place in the finals of the ePL invitational tournament after he defeated Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi 8-2 and Sheffield United’s Lys Mousset 5-2 in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively, before beating Burnley’s  Dwight McNeil 4-1 in the semi-finals.

Trent Alexander Arnold, on the other hand, defeated Manchester United’s Celebrity fan, Tom Grennan, 5-1 in the last 16 before seeing off Newcastle playmaker Christian Atsu in the quarter-finals. Liverpool’s talented right back then defeated Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling 3-2 in the semi-finals to secure a place in the finals of the competition.

Jota and Arnold both gave their all in a keenly contested game which took Diogo Jota a golden goal in extra time to secure victory over Arnold.

What the players said…

Speaking after the finals, Diogo Jota said: “Congratulations to Trent, he’s a good player, and congratulations to Wolves – we won.”

“Trent is a very good player and that’s why the final was so tight. I reached the final third quite often, but he was always guessing what I was going to do before I shot, so it was a very tough game.

“This is the best way to finish the tournament. It can be unfair, but in this case it wasn’t because I did play very well in the second match. It was a tight game and it could have gone either way, but I was closer to winning by the Golden Goal”, he added.

Arnold who was frustrated after losing the finals also indicated: “It’s been a good tournament. “I was happy to get to the final and I’m obviously gutted not to win it, but Diogo did really well.”

“It was a good game. He’s very difficult to break down and he’s patient defensively. I did quite well against him, but he probably deserved to win that last game because of the chances he created,” he added.

 

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