Ultimate Graduate | Xbox competition kicks off with 3-0 romp

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The Ultimate Graduate Xbox-edition kicked off with a clash of the Chris’s as Chris Curulli’s Liverpool locked horns with Christian Layland’s Real Madrid at Anfield.

The rustiness of both players was well and truly on display during a cagey, uneventful opening to the contest.

The deadlock was eventually broken late in the first stanza after the ball fortuitously fell to Roberto Firmino inside the area. The virtual Anfield crowd were soon singing Si Señor as the Brazilian coolly tucked home his side’s first shot on target.

Liverpool had been feigning their short-corner technique all match and the approach paid dividends on the hour mark when Fabinho rose highest to nod home a Naby Keita cross at the back post.

Despite some positive play from the visitors, Virgil van Dijk had been a colossus all game and appeared well on course for man of the match honours – that was until he pulled down Karim Benzema in the area and conceded a penalty with ten minutes to play.

Yet whether for Alisson’s brilliance or user unfamiliarity with FIFA 20’s penalty mechanics, Sergio Ramos’ spot kick was palmed away to safety.

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To make matters worse for Madrid, moments later a customary Liverpool counterattack saw Mo Salah squander a clear one-on-one, only for Sadio Mane to tap home the rebound and seal a 3-0 triumph for the European champions.

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