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West Ham vs. Chelsea, FIFA 20: Early Zouma red card scuppers Mason Mount’s hopes against Declan Rice

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FOOTBALLLLLL! Sort of.

Virtual sports have replaced real sports — for now — and as we come to grips with our new reality, we start to see teams, players, and organizations embrace video games as the only means of (somewhat) recreating the sense of competition, camaraderie, and maybe even a bit of tribalism that so defines football for the masses.

Also, it’s a good time-waster even in times of non-extreme boredom that many of us, and especially many of the players, have to contend with.

And sometimes, it’s also for a good cause, like with the #Combatcorona FIFA fundraiser over the weekend, which featured, among others, Billy Gilmour (almost as good as in real life), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (still the closest he’s come to senior football in almost a year), and Mason Mount ... who tried really hard.

Practice does make perfect, so here’s Mason Mount taking on his good friend (and future club teammate, again?) Declan Rice — this time without breaking self-isolation guidelines!

Spoiler alert, Mason loses, again, but he gives it a good go despite suffering an early red card (“shocking decision!”). And, in a legendary move, he plays The Liquidator before kick-off and at half-time, even though technically the match was set at West Ham’s stadium!

Better luck next, Mason!