NBA: Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi dbeats West Ham's Manuel Lanzini in the NBA2K19 gaming Tournament

A closely fought contest saw Mustafi overcome fellow footballer Lanzini 26-18 to set up a Semi-Final against rugby union star Anthony Watson The fourth quarter-final of this year's NBA 2K19 Gaming Tournament played host to a Premier League London derby as Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi came up against West Ham United midfielder Manuel Lanzini.
28 November 2018

The pair were in fine spirits ahead of the contest, sharing a sportsman-like handshake before the match, however the pre-match formalities were soon forgotten as Lanzini, playing as the Milwaukee Bucks, had a foul harshly given against him. This led to a sparky beginning to the match, with the pair exchanging scores to tie 4-4 in the first quarter.

The game was evenly poised going into halftime with Mustafi, playing as the Los Angeles Lakers, taking a narrow 13-11 lead into the break. Mustafi told host Bruce Bowen that he felt he was clearly the better player, but needed to be more clinical with his shooting.

A fired-up Lanzini missed a crucial free throwe early in the second half, failing to close the gap on the German, who subsequently led 23-15. Despite a late surge, Mustafi held on to give the Lakers a comfortable 26-18 win, sending his Argentine rival home. The German will come up against England rugby union star Anthony Watson in the semi-final of the tournament.

After the game, Mustafi said "we started the game a little bit slow, but when my team came into the dressing room I found the right words. I said 'just give the ball to LeBron and we'll be fine!"

A frustrated Lanzini blamed his players for the defeat, claiming "they did not listen to my tactics!"

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