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France wins the FIFA eNations Cup after defeating Argentina

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France has been crowned as the first ever FIFA eNations Cup champion after defeating Argentina in the grand final.

The final, much like the rest of the competition, saw matches on both the Xbox One and PS4, with Argentina's Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba and France's from Corentin "Maestro" Thuillier drawing 1-1 on the Xbox setting up a winner take all match on the PS4 between Yago "Yago" Gabriel Fawaz from Argentina and Lucas "DaXe" Cuillerier from France.

DaXe struck first in the deciding match mid way through the first half and then doubled his lead just four minutes into the second half. Yago quickly pulled one back to cut the lead to one goal but it wasn't quite enough as the French player managed to hold onto his 2-1 lead to become champions.

Early on in the competition both teams impressed in the group stage, although France did have to rely on other results at the start of the second day to make it through to the quarter finals. They took second place in Group A, which meant Saudi Arabia and current world champion Mossad "MSdossary" Aldossary failed to make it to the knockout stage.

Argentina also made it out of the groups in second place, but it was nowhere near as close as France in Group A. Brazil topped Group C with 27 points, Argentina closely followed with 25 points, and then there was an 11 point difference to third place Germany.

Once the tournament advanced to the knockout stage Argentina and France both pulled off some upsets. Argentina managed to knock out England, one of the tournament favourites who looked like the strongest team in the group stages, with Yago beating Xbox world number one Donovan "TekKz" Hunt. Argentina would then go on to beat Denmark in the semi final to secure a place in the grand final.

France, on the other side of the bracket, also took down a favorite in the quarter finals, beating Brazil with a 4-1 win in the opening match and a pulling off a 2-2 draw to secure the win in the second. From there France managed to make it past Portugal in the semi finals, winning 1-0 on PS4 and 2-1 on Xbox.

The win in the grand final for Maestro and DaXe sees them become the first ever eNations Cup champions, and gives the players $40,000 to share along with 1500 FIFA Global Series points, which are used to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup later in the year.