NYON: Euro 2020 may have been postponed to next year but European football’s governing body UEFA will be streaming the finals of the eSports version of the tournament this weekend. The eEuro will be staged virtually and streamed live Saturday and Sunday.UEFA says in its website that the tournament features all 55 football associations affiliated with it. “The format of the tournament is similar to UEFA EURO 2020, involving a qualification phase and culminating in the final tournament. It is played exclusively on Konami’s eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES 20) on Playstation 4,” said UEFA. The qualifying phase ran between March 9 and 30. A draw placed the 55 teams into ten groups of five or six, with each country playing two matches (1-vs-1) against the other countries in the same group; points from both matches were added to the group table. The ten group winners qualified directly for the final tournament. The ten runners-up competed in a play-off tournament to determine the other six finalists. A draw placed them into two groups of five, with the top three from each advancing to the finals. A total of 100,000 Euros in cash prizes will be split between all the finalists, including 40,000 Euros for the winners. The matches start at 1.45pm CEST (6.15pm IST) on Saturday and 10.45am CEST (2.15pm IST) on Sunday. IANS Also Read: Dominant Hertha Berlin rout Union 4-0 in Berlin derby
Arsenal moved to the brink of the Champions League’s last 16 despite blowing a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht.Mikel Arteta’s penalty put the Gunners ahead after Danny Welbeck was fouled by Chancel Mbemba.Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a stunning 20-yard volley before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added the third.Anthony Vanden Borre reduced the deficit from close range before scoring a penalty, with Aleksandar Mitrovic equalising in the last minute.Arsenal were set to book their place in the knockout stages when substitute Mitrovic headed Andy Najar’s 90th-minute cross past Wojciech Szczesny from close range. Arsenal have conceded seven goals in their last four Champions League matchesThe Londoners still need one point from their two remaining games – at home to Borussia Dortmund on 26 November and at Galatasaray on 9 December – to advance.But with Dortmund five points clear, their hopes of finishing top of the group and heading into next month’s draw as one of the seeded teams are fading.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked furious at the end.Though Vanden Borre was clearly offside when he scored his first goal, there can be no excuses for the lapses of concentration that allowed the Belgian champions to take a point. Indeed there was no evidence of the drama to come at a rain-lashed Emirates when two goals in the space of four first-half minutes put the Gunners in control.Chile international Sanchez had already been denied by a post when Mbemba felled Welbeck to gift Arteta his first goal in the competition, the Spaniard coolly chipping his 25th-minute spot-kick down the middle.It was 2-0 four minutes later, the tireless Sanchez finding the net with a sublime low 20-yard volley after his free-kick cannoned off the visitors’ wall.Anderlecht battled throughout but they looked beaten when Oxlade-Chamberlain put Wenger’s side 3-0 ahead by drilling home after a powerful 58th-minute run.Vanden Borre was at least a yard offside when he began Anderlecht’s amazing fightback from close range in the 61st minute. Nacho Monreal’s clumsy foul on Mitrovic then allowed Vanden Borre to make it 3-2 from the penalty spot.And, just as Arsenal appeared to have weathered Anderlecht’s late flurry, the dangerous Mitrovic headed home to the delight of the 3,000 travelling fans.