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Trent Alexander-Arnold goes from ecstasy to heartbreak in ePremier League Invitational tournament

Trent Alexander-Arnold defeated Raheem Sterling with a last-gasp golden goal in the FIFA 20 ePremier League Invitational – but soon found himself on the wrong end of the same fate after losing the final.

The Liverpool full back was defeated by Diogo Jota, with the Wolves ace securing victory in the online showpiece after yet another golden goal strike.

The ePremier League Invitational had asked footballers to represent their own teams in an online tournament during the coronavirus lockdown.  

Diogo Jota won the ePremier League Invitational after defeating Trent Alexander-Arnold

Diogo Jota won the ePremier League Invitational after defeating Trent Alexander-Arnold

Diogo Jota won the ePremier League Invitational after defeating Trent Alexander-Arnold

Jota was heavily tipped as the tournament favourite and is a regular Esports player for Wolves

Jota was heavily tipped as the tournament favourite and is a regular Esports player for Wolves

Jota was heavily tipped as the tournament favourite and is a regular Esports player for Wolves

Diogo Jota was crowned the overall champion after being heavily tipped as the favourite, having represented his club, and soon Portgual, at Esports level.

But the underdog Alexander-Arnold had taken a shock lead on the stroke of half time. 

Georginio Wijnaldum met a floated delivery towards the far post and nodded beyond Rui Patricio, with both real-life players having previously been prevented from opening the scoring after a string of stellar saves from both goalkeepers. 

But Wolves ace Jota hit back in the second half through Adama Traore and secured the victory after rifling home an unstoppable effort with strike partner Raul Jimenez. 

Despite Alexander-Arnold taking the lead, Jota hit back and won the tie with a golden goal

Despite Alexander-Arnold taking the lead, Jota hit back and won the tie with a golden goal

Despite Alexander-Arnold taking the lead, Jota hit back and won the tie with a golden goal

Despite the late heartbreak, Alexander-Arnold had enthralled the masses after beating Manchester City rival Raheem Sterling to reach the final.

Sterling took the lead on 13 minutes through Sergio Aguero‘s thumping finish on the edge of the penalty area, despite both players being dogged by connection issues.

And the City wideman further punished his opponent from the penalty spot in the first half, with Aguero stepping up to convert from 12 yards. 

However, Alexander-Arnold delivered an improved showing after the interval and hauled himself level in a tense encounter. 

Alexander-Arnold had dramatically downed Raheem Sterling to reach the showpiece's final

Alexander-Arnold had dramatically downed Raheem Sterling to reach the showpiece's final

Alexander-Arnold had dramatically downed Raheem Sterling to reach the showpiece’s final

And Alexander-Arnold secured a spot in the final after pouncing with a dramatic golden goal

And Alexander-Arnold secured a spot in the final after pouncing with a dramatic golden goal

And Alexander-Arnold secured a spot in the final after pouncing with a dramatic golden goal 

Sterling cracked an effort against the woodwork with himself, leaving the Liverpool full back to equalise through efforts from Roberto Firmino and real-life skipper Jordan Henderson. 

The first semi-final of the showpiece then progressed to the drama of the golden goal stage, and Alexander-Arnold dramatically secured himself a shot at winning the tournament. 

A host of Premier League stars were competing against each other across a knockout format from their own homes, and the final was shown live on Sky Sports.  

The overall prize fund for the tournament will be donated to the #PlayersTogether initiative, which will in turn support NHS staff battling on the frontline against the pandemic.

Sterling congratulated his opponent after they battled for a spot in the final on the video game

Sterling congratulated his opponent after they battled for a spot in the final on the video game

Sterling congratulated his opponent after they battled for a spot in the final on the video game

Alexander-Arnold battles City rival Sterling during their clash at Anfield last November

Alexander-Arnold battles City rival Sterling during their clash at Anfield last November

 Alexander-Arnold battles City rival Sterling during their clash at Anfield last November

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