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07 July 2020 | in eSports

Close matches and draws on Day 2 of eSports Challenge

If day one of the 2020 FISU eSports Challenge was all about huge margins of victory, day two saw many closer contests including a couple of draws in the men’s field.


The women’s competition saw some strong plays. Paria M’Arefi from Islamic Azad University of Iran beat Canadian Sudiksha Khanduja representing University of Windsor, 5-0.


One of the most commanding performances of the day came from Brazilian Alexssandra Cristina Pereira of Uni Ateneu, who was in attack mode from the start against Najd Fahad of Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A hat-trick via Kylian Mbappé was enough to seal a 4-0 win. 

Day 2 women eSports

The closest match of the challenge so far was the men’s match up between Mahlangu Njabulo Witness of Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and Nazli Lim of University of Pahang, Malaysia.


Mahlangu opened the score in the 31st minute with a great goal through Neymar Jr, but then Nazli Lim scored in the 56th minute with St Maximin and then took the lead through the same player in 74th minute. As the match neared the end, Mahlangu equalized in the 78th minute with Di Maria and the final score was 2-2.


BrizuelaAnother match that ended in a draw was Nicolas Alejandro Brizuela from National University of San Martín, Argentina versus Zackary Marceau from Southern Cross University, Australia. Marceau scored in the 10th minute and Brizuela equalized all the way at the end in the 85th minute, resulting in a great match that ended 1-1.


One more close match was between Matt Shairi from Canterbury University, New Zealand and Mohammed Abbas Sonday of University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The match was 2-2 at halftime and it looked like it might end in a draw, but Sonday scored through Portuguese icon player Eusébio da Silva Ferreira with ten minutes on the clock and won 3-2.


There were some exceptions to the trend of close matches including the 8-1 rout of Happy Ananum from University of Windsor, Canada, at the hands of Jose Carmelo Licea Hernandez from the Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico.


The full results of all the games can be found here for the men’s draw and here for the women’s.  The group stages continue on  Wednesday. Stay tuned to our social media channels for all updates