EASports FIFA 21 Global Series – Briefing
Here, Luke had to take on LordHjorth, a player for FC Copenhagen. Heading into it, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but he managed to put up a solid fight. The end result was 4-3 favouring the Dane. Christian was also unfortunate in his initial match, losing against Italian player Giovhy.
In this round, Luke experienced a demolishing defeat after losing 7-0 and 7-1 against Norwegian player Kvaal. Spiteri was bound with a similar fate, losing 8-3 to Frenchman Mence.
In the third round, Bartolo got a BYE through the round, meaning that he received an automatic win. However, Christian managed to get back on his feet this time around, winning 9-1 against Irishman WeLLy.
This match-up was crushing for both Maltese nationals as they were matched against each other in an elimination round. This meant that at least one player would continue, and the other would conclude his FIFA 21 season. Spiteri started the series with a one-sided win (4-1). But shortly after, Luke pulled off an exceptional performance winning 5-3. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for him to win this series, which meant that his season was over.
For his final match-up, Spiteri went up against Swedish player Lukasinho. The first game resulted in a 2-2 draw for both sides, but Christian got the lead with a 4-1 scoreline in the second game. Thus, he got a 3-2 scoreline overall and qualified for Day 2 of play-ins. Unfortunately, we don’t have more information regarding what happened on Day 2, but it seems that Christian didn’t make it too far.
This is what Spiteri had to say about his performance at the final tournament of the season:
After his elimination, we contacted Luke Bartolo to know more about how it felt to represent his country in this prestigious competition
We know that international competition is as hard as it gets, but how do they compare to the local scene?
The play-ins consist of the champions of E-Leagues all around the world. The level was very high, of course, but the Maltese scene is not that far off for sure.
How did it feel to match against Christian Spiteri in the 4th round?
Matching Chris in a must-win game was gutting. It meant that a Maltese player was going to be eliminated no matter what.
You were behind in the first game against Christian, but you almost managed to pull off one of the biggest comebacks we’ve seen! What was your strategy heading into that second game?
In the first game, Christian got the best of me. In the 2nd game, I changed up my tactics, and it worked tremendously. I was 5-1 up at one point, but in the 86th minute, I made a mistake, and Christian equalised the game to take it to extra time. He ended up winning the game in ET after that.
What did you think of your matches overall? Were you glad to be able to represent your country in such a prestigious competition?
I played well in my matchups. All games were 50/50, but the margins weren’t on my side on that day. I will be working hard to make sure that I don’t need margins going into next year. I am very honoured to represent Malta on an international stage; I hope I will be able to do it again and again in the future.
Luke Bartolo, Maltese FIFA Player
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