ePL Invitational

Maddison in semi-finals after golden goal win

8 May 2020
ePL Invitational: James Maddison 4-3 Michael Obafemi

Leicester City midfielder came from 2-0 down to beat Southampton's Michael Obafemi with two strikes from his own in-game player

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James Maddison became the first player to qualify for the semi-finals of the ePremier League Invitational, thanks to a thrilling 4-3 golden goal victory over Southampton's Michael Obafemi.

Obafemi took a 2-0 lead after goals from his own in-game character and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but on the stroke of half-time Maddison hit back through Jamie Vardy.

After the break, the Leicester City midfielder levelled with his in-game player and then went in front for the first time through Kelechi Iheanacho

But Obafemi responded to make it 3-3 with a clinical strike from Danny Ings.

The two teams were level after 90 minutes so it went to golden goal, with Maddison advancing in dramatic fashion with a second strike from himself.

He will face Keinan Davis at the semi-final stage, after the Aston Villa striker claimed a stunning 8-1 success against Burnley left-back Charlie Taylor.

Before the match Maddison tried to put off his opponent by reminding him of Leicester’s record-breaking 9-0 win at St Mary's Stadium in October.

“I hope the 9-0 in real life is not getting in his head at all!" Maddison said.

And speaking following his comeback win Maddison said his tactics worked perfectly.

“Jose Mourinho won the Premier League off the back of mind games so that was definitely a big thing!"

Day 4 matches

James Maddison (LEI) 4-3 Michael Obafemi (SOU)*
Charlie Taylor (BUR) 1-8 Keinan Davis (AVL) | Report and highlights
John Egan (SHU) 4-2 Aaron Connolly (BHA) | Report and highlights
Max Aarons (NOR) 3-1 Emerson (CHE) | Report and highlights
*Golden Goal

See: ePL Day 4 recap
See: ePL Day 3 recap
See: ePL Day 2 recap
See: ePL Day 1 recap 

How to watch the tournament

Fans can watch all the action on the Premier League's digital channels as well as on the Sky Sports YouTube and Twitch channels, BBC Sport website and iPlayer.

Finals Day will also be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, with the tournament again being televised around the world by the Premier League's international broadcast partners.

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

We would also ask anyone inspired to play FIFA 20 to take regular breaks from gaming, every 45 minutes.

See: More details on ePL Invitational

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