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NMA Blog Cup: Semifinal Results

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The finalists are decided — are you in?

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This is what it’s like to lose in the cup — Are you feeling like Steven Gerrard did?
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From the various comments over the past few weeks, people have been enjoying NMA’s early-season blog cup. The semi-finals are now over and the 30 finalists are decided.

There were 60 qualifying teams, and their scores this week were quite varied, with 90 points separating first from 60th. As expected, it was tough to advance to the final round — 113.5 points guaranteed qualification, only 22.5 points behind first place. There was a three-way tie for 30th, so tie-breakers came into play.

The eagle-eyed among you might notice a new team in the list - that’s because team fff1718 changed its name to EPL GALACTICO’S. This didn’t bring good luck though since they failed to make the cut.

Semi-final scores

Position Team Points
Position Team Points
1 BK FC 136
2 Team tampatonz 135.5
3 Team Messi4ever 135
4 Team Iceberg_SK 133.5
5 Team stallexpress 132
5 Team Colecole 132
7 Sir Boy United FC 129
7 Smoke & Mirrors 129
7 GREEK SUNSEEKER 129
10 Team Enadiz2015 127.5
10 Team Shabusen 127.5
12 stormTrooper84 126.5
12 JenJen11 126.5
14 The Motley Crewe 124
15 Team JCUnited1 122
16 ArsenalVn 121
17 Aletico JP 120.5
17 Lua Lua 120.5
19 HELLENIC POWER 120
19 Team 1998jjb 120
21 183168 119
21 Ledang LFC 119
21 Team Galbatoreix 119
24 Team Rockdelux 118
24 Sparta FC 118
26 Team KenM 117.5
27 Team BrotherGreat 116
28 Cactus Functus 114
29 Paphos Toffees 113.5
30 [TyF] Benjamin Chianti 113
--- cut off for qualification ---
31 [TyF] Ozdal City* 113
32 Hall_Of_Fame 113
33 Team ivangyc 112.5
34 Shock The Monkey 110.5
34 Team redstoglory 110.5
36 Team Chris_Manfredi 110
36 Team geneeyow 110
38 Alehouse WAGs 109.5
39 IHUC14 107.5
39 EPL GALACTICO'S 107.5
41 Team sakiv 107
42 Jay Spearing Reborn Again 105.5
42 Bravo United 105.5
44 Buitre 104
44 Team Xyrophobia 104
46 Team Baziu 103.5
47 Team paulys_dreamteam 102.5
48 Tolaria 101
49 Team Stijnen 95.5
50 Team KostasHotspurs 93.5
51 yewy 93
52 Team c444si 91
53 MIFFY_FC 90.5
54 Pigs FC 87.5
55 BOOMSHAKALAKAS 83.5
56 Team Bondlam 81.5
56 Team g9efthymios 81.5
58 Finding Timo 75
59 Team TennisBone 70
60 Team mbasoke 46

Of the three teams in 30th place, Hall_of_fame scored only one goal while the other teams scored two, so they were out. [TyF] Benjamin Chianti had 7 goals against over 961 minutes played (0.007GA/min), while [TyF] Ozdal City* had 12 goals against (six of them thanks to Leicester conceding two to Fulham) over 974 minutes played (0.012GA/min), giving a clear victory and that vital 30th place to [TyF] Benjamin Chianti.

The final will take place in game-week 12; let’s hope that Covid-19 issues don’t disrupt the schedule any further. There are 30 teams left, but now only first place really matters — so if you’ve qualified, will you go for broke? If one of your huge discounts is slated to be out for one week, will you sacrifice long-term budget for a short term gain? Personally, I’m glad I didn’t have that decision in GW-11; I really wouldn’t have wanted to lose Jack Grealish at 11.19!

I’ve also been giving some thought to our second competition to run in the second half of the season; I will post separately on that so we can discuss the fine print. In any case, those of you who didn’t make the final will get to start fresh.

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Have you made it through? Have you fallen just short, and have you anyone to blame for it? Did you get eliminated in the first round and would have subsequently sailed through to the final? What are your hopes for the final? Please let us know in the comments.

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