Once again two players finished top of the round standings following the semi-finals, but with unique methods. While both earned a whopping 158 points, both Msmolinski and Hinspuppy utilised different players, tactics and captains.
Msmolinski opted for 5-4-1 with Martin Demichelis as his skipper, a mainly German midfield containing Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Sami Khedira with Thomas Mueller operating as a lone hitman upfront. Hinspuppy handed Kroos the captain’s armband and was rewarded with 38 points.
One point behind in third was xavieroo, who will be ruing the decision to select the Wesley Sneidjer in midfield. Had he selected Mascherano instead, he would have been two points ahead of the leaders.
Yet, something had to separate Msmolinski and Hinspuppy. In accordance with the rules, FIFA made a draw and Msmolinski was declared the winner of an adidas 2014 FIFA World Cup brazuca ball; a signed captain’s armband from a match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup; a PlayStation®3 copy of the EA SPORTS™ 2014 FIFA World Cup game.
With just one round to play, just two points separates the top three. Leading the way is Frip69, who has 784 points, but CONDEY and JimmyRussell are hot on the current No1s heels. What will happen with two games to play?
Most valuable signing: Jasper Cillessen (Netherlands)
Although the Dutch keeper ended up on the losing side in Sao Paulo, he was actually the cream of the crop in terms of this round of Fantasy. He earned 12 points and cost just 3m.
Disappointing purchases: Sergio Aguero (Argentina)
Anyone who shelled out 9m for Aguero would have been disappointed to see the Manchester City man earn just two points for his substitute appearance.
Highest points-scoring team: Germany (132)
Unsurprisingly the 7-1 win over Brazil made the Europeans’ this round’s top points-scorers with Kroos (19), Lahm (16) and Khedira (14) all in the top five points scorers this time around.
Players to watch for in the final set of matches
With finals notoriously tight and Brazil having a point to prove, could members of Luis Felipe Scolari’s squad be good picks this time around. Could Oscar, Hulk and Fred run riot?