Ty Walton emerged victorious last night after 18 of the best FIFA 12 players went head-to-head at the UK final for the FIFA Interactive World Cup. Walton, a 2011 Grand Finalist, endured a tough night of competitive action but claimed his place at the Grand Final after beating Irishman Adam Johnson 2-1 in last night’s final.
In an unusual match-up during the final, both players were keen to replicate the success of legendary manager, Jose Mourinho, as the two finalists chose to play as Real Madrid. In a tense affair, Walton took the lead in the 18th minute with a fantastic effort from Cristiano Ronaldo. Walton pulled off a signature move as he bypassed two players in the penalty area with a 360 spin before striking low and hard. The post intervened but Walton made sure by following up on the rebound and putting the ball into the net.
After failing to convert a penalty in the 25th minute, Walton doubled his advantage with a cracking header from Benzema taking a comfortable two goal cushion into the second half. However, Johnson cranked up the pressure in the second half and pulled a goal back in 56th minute. Although this was not enough as Walton held off the fight back and stayed calm under pressure to claim a spot in the 2012 Grand Final.
Walton commented, “I was delighted to be back again challenging for the Qualifier event here in London, so knowing that I’ve secured a place at the Grand Final is a dream come true. My experience at the 2011 Grand Final in Los Angeles was unbelievable so hopefully I can go back and win the tournament outright this year. The competition tonight was really strong as expected but I managed to pull a few tricks out of the bag to clinch a victory in the Final.”
The UK final which was staged in the heart of London’s bustling Oxford Street was a classy affair that also had a couple of special VIP guests. The event was attended by two Premier League players, England International Jay Bothroyd of Queens Park Rangers and Fulham’s midfield powerhouse and Nigerian International, Dickson Etuhu. The two spectators were extremely impressed with the standard of play at last night’s event and wished all the players well over the course of the evening.
QPR striker Bothroyd said: “The FIWC is a fantastic way for football fans from all walks of life to come together and showcase their FIFA 12 skills. The competition was fierce and the some of the goals scored were incredible, I played against one lad who told me to stick to my day job! Congratulations to Ty Walton, I'll be making sure I stay away from him online!"