ePL Invitational

Maupay knocks out McGinn in opener

21 Apr 2020
ePL Invitational: John McGinn 1-6 Neal Maupay

Brighton progress to last 16 of tournament after Frenchman wins 6-1 against Aston Villa midfielder in the opening round

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Neal Maupay has beaten Aston Villa's John McGinn in the opening tie of the ePremier League Invitational Tournament first round. 

The Brighton & Hove Albion striker won 6-1 on the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 game, with the Frenchman playing a starring role as himself. 

Maupay scored the first two goals before Glenn Murray ran riot with another four strikes.

"That's me finished on FIFA now - I'm not playing again!" McGinn joked.

Maupay progresses to the last-16 stage, which begins on Wednesday, and will face Philip Billing after the AFC Bournemouth midfielder knocked out Southampton's Angus Gunn in the day's final match.

Day 1 results

John McGinn (AVL) 1-6 Neal Maupay (BHA)
Josh Franceschi (ARS) 4-3 Nathaniel Chalobah (WAT) | Report
Dwight McNeil (BUR) 3-2 Ryan Fredericks (WHU) | Report
Philip Billing (BOU) 4-0 Angus Gunn (SOU) | Report

See: ePL Invitational first-round recap
See: ePL Invitational draw in full

Prize fund to NHS

The prize fund is being donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, created by Premier League players as a collective way of generating funds for the National Health Service and distributing them where they are needed most.

The tournament will also continue to urge everyone to follow official advice by staying home and saving lives.

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