Andres Botero described his victory over Alfonso Ramos as "amazing" and said that the Spaniard was "the most important opponent he had ever played against."

The South American was understandably delighted with the victory which took him through to the last eight. But it was not as easy as it sounds. 

As the end of day two grew closer at the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the tension was mounting as the players knew they were close to either qualifying or going home early.

Nobody felt that pressure more than Alfonso Ramos, the defending FIWC champion, who was sat in fourth place with an all or nothing game against Botero. Both players knew that only a win would see them progress and that made the game one of the most important in the group stages.

In his previous game, Ramos had his next opponent watched by a friend so that he could gauge the situation and scout potential tactics, but having lost to Ovidiu Patrascu, the Spaniard knew it was all or nothing in his final match.

The tension showed throughout the game, with neither player wanting to make a mistake, but the vital goal game with ten minutes to play as Botero got the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo and he made no mistake from 18 yards, striking a devastating blow to Ramos' challenge.

Ramos was understandably upset by the situation, and went all out in search for an equaliser but it was not to be and his reign at the top was over before the knockout stage.

Botero now thinks he can go all the way to the final, saying: "I think I have the necessary skills to win the tournament so I think I will go on to the final." It may seem confident but after despatching the current champion to qualify for the latter stages, why shouldn't the young Columbian fancy his chances of going all the way.

Ramos later tweeted: "When the ball does not want to go inside the goal, it does not go." before putting his support behind fellow Spaniards Oscar Martin and Rafael Robio Sanchez saying that "I know that one of them will will the title." High praise indeed, but Botero and the rest may have something to say about that. 

 

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