ENCE strike back against Movistar Riders to advance to Champions Cup semi-finals

ENCE defeated Movistar Riders 2-0 in the deciding series of Group A in a rematch between the two teams, with the Finns moving on to the semi-finals in Malta.

The Finns breathe a sigh of relief as they managed to avoid early elimination in the position of one of the favorites, recovering from a terrible start to the tournament against the Spanish squad, who were unable to repeat the opening victory despite a promising first half of Overpass in the deciding series.

With the 2-0 triumph against Movistar Riders, ENCE have earned a spot in the playoffs, where they will take on G2 in a first-ever encounter between the two lineups on Saturday at 16:30 .

It was a difficult rematch for ENCE, who seemed to be on course to a repeat loss on Overpass as the first half went the same way as in the opening round of the group stage, with Movistar Riders putting together a solid defense worthy of ten rounds in total once again.

ENCE avenged their opening loss to Movistar Riders

But unlike in the first encounter with the Spaniards, Aleksi "allu" Jalli's side found their footing on the CT side despite a pistol round loss, going on a dominant streak once they built up the bank, with Jere "sergej" Salo's 1v2 clutch at 7-12 allowing the Finns to keep up the pressure and cruise to a 16-13 victory.

The Finns' good form continued on Mirage, where a full eco win in middle in the second round allowed them to rack up a hefty lead. Despite being down 2-7, Movistar Riders' efforts towards the end of the half helped them switch over with six, but after they crumbled in the anti-forcebuy once more, ENCE closed the series in comfortable fashion at 16-8.

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 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 37 - 37 0 80.8 1.12
Spain Rajohn 'EasTor' LinatoEasTor 35 - 33 +2 73.9 1.06
Spain Alejandro 'ALEX' MasanetALEX 31 - 39 -8 70.2 0.87
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia AntoranloWel 31 - 41 -10 65.1 0.78
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Canomopoz 27 - 41 -14 55.3 0.75
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 51 - 34 +17 99.1 1.48
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 38 - 31 +7 78.0 1.19
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 36 - 33 +3 72.5 1.10
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 30 - 27 +3 63.1 1.08
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 36 - 36 0 74.0 1.06
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1428
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
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undeserved
2019-12-20 19:21
how exactly?
2019-12-20 19:22
#32
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
not underserved, movistar have just been grinding sooooo much for the past two months since steel and lowel joined, this was a chance to prove themselves. They don't have a chance so often, and it sucks to see them not make it to playoffs...respect to ence tho, you guys are getting your game back together, hopefully we will play you soon after the winter break! GGWP
2019-12-20 19:38
#39
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
I never thought I'll ever get to see such a nice user on hltv forums
2019-12-20 19:54
#46
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Finland J3bediah 
Hltv used to be like that few years ago. Now it’s just toxic af
2019-12-20 20:49
+1
2019-12-20 21:09
I've been on HLTV for years and it's always been this way That's why it is such a great site
2019-12-21 02:17
#107
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Iceland fatboislim 
Bullshit
2019-12-21 16:08
? it's always been toxic
2019-12-21 11:11
#98
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Finland J3bediah 
Go read articles and match treads from 2015. The discussion looks way more mature than in 2019
2019-12-21 11:27
maybe match threads etc but nothing else
2019-12-22 09:47
#63
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Thanks man, let’s work to make hltv less toxic!
2019-12-20 22:21
#67
cyx | 
Switzerland HUFTGOLD 
I think we have more chances to see a threesome with 2 unicorns and Melania Trump than making HLTV less toxic
2019-12-20 22:25
#68
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
This genuinely had me laughing for a bit. Still, I believe it’s possible!
2019-12-20 22:27
to see a threesome between 2 unicorns and melania trump?
2019-12-22 09:51
#114
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
no hahaha to see the less toxic hltv!
2019-12-22 10:54
ok dog
2019-12-21 05:51
+1
2019-12-20 19:55
#69
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Gl vs g2 man!
2019-12-20 22:27
#49
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United States AnnCoulter 
Comments like these give me hope for hltv
2019-12-20 20:57
#64
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Ty bro :)
2019-12-20 22:22
#54
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Wow, Movistar have risen to top 30 finally this week, congrats for that Keep making Iberian scene grow
2019-12-20 21:18
#65
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Representing Iberia is our pride :) Let’s see if giants make a fox and mixwell roster to represent us soon!
2019-12-20 22:23
#70
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Portugal RafaKimi 
I hope they have good results but honestly l am gonna be cheering more towards the other new team with Giants core
2019-12-20 22:59
#71
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
What happened exactly?
2019-12-20 23:09
#72
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Giants wanted to kick fox for the lack of his performance lately and in the start the org supported their decision but then the Giants org decided to stay with fox cause of the sponsors, visibility and that stuff he brings to them. So they kicked everyone out but him and are now gonna build a roster around him. The other 3 are gonna join up with stadodo and just who just left Offset in some other org
2019-12-20 23:16
#74
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Damn that ex giants roster gonna be epic! Still hope fox can restart his career somehow
2019-12-20 23:28
#75
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Well if he can get back to 2017 form when he was on dignitas, mixwell playing well aswell and with 3 more solid international players, they can qualify to major minors at the very least
2019-12-20 23:37
#76
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Thoughts on who could play? I don’t follow the market know and I don’t know who is not under contract
2019-12-20 23:39
#77
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Heard about HS, scream, rubino (but he is linked to nordavind). Dunno about other ones. Also do you think mixwell would be up to play for Giants? l've heard that can be seen as treason to Movistar since they're direct enemies
2019-12-20 23:45
#79
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
I don’t think it’s treason as much as a new EU team, also Movistar and giants have some good banter not any strong rivalry. When giants or riders qualify for something both the fans get happy for each other
2019-12-21 00:06
#80
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Hm l see. Just heard about it but l have the same opinion as you. Kind of excited to see what another international project with fox can bring since dignitas days and specially their run at major qualifier was the most fun cs l've watched ever
2019-12-21 00:12
#81
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
If fox can bring back his sk and dignitas level, mixwell his eleague and three good players the roster would be lit af. HS and rubino for sure but scream?
2019-12-21 00:15
#82
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Portugal RafaKimi 
l hope they dont get scream aswell xD rubino worked with fox and HS wasn't bad in TS. Dunno who else is left tbh but you should look at Meanwhile's Team (current HS and Natosaphix team) which could be a possibility
2019-12-21 00:24
#83
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
meanwhile are good, but it would be three awp sooo yeah. pretty nice debate haha
2019-12-21 00:48
#86
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Portugal RafaKimi 
Yea true, also thought that but didnt fully remember if nato is awp too or not. Well crap
2019-12-21 03:20
#78
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Brazil CR0CR3 
+1
2019-12-21 00:03
#18
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Finland Homeless775 
Hater
2019-12-20 19:25
+1
2019-12-20 20:08
#52
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Serbia clarionGod! 
MOUZ WIN !
2019-12-20 21:12
#2
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Finland Vkims 
So ez for ence, where are you haters now?
2019-12-20 19:21
#6
suNny | 
Finland Pate_ 
+1
2019-12-20 19:22
#15
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Spain G3CK0 
they have beaten #30 in the world, still have to prove themselves against good teams
2019-12-20 19:24
#17
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Finland Vkims 
2019-12-20 19:25
#20
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Spain G3CK0 
fluke game, they got 2-0'd ez
2019-12-20 19:26
#22
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Finland Vkims 
2-0 was fluke, this one was real
2019-12-20 19:26
#100
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Spain G3CK0 
yeah 4 sure
2019-12-21 13:37
#21
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Finland Homeless775 
No comment
2019-12-20 19:26
#45
flusha | 
Sweden NeilCS 
do you remember how ENCE started against top teams? just losing, idk wtf are you trying to say apologizing ENCE's victory against a tier5 team hahah
2019-12-20 20:27
#101
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Finland Vkims 
You win some, you lose some
2019-12-21 13:49
You win some, you lose a lot*
2019-12-22 09:49
The haters are probably watching some actual tier1 cs, unlike this, whatever tier this is. ^_^
2019-12-20 21:26
#103
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Finland Vkims 
Thats so typical from haters, they dont even watch ence playing and they still hate
2019-12-21 13:50
#85
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Russia angry_david1 
OMG, ENCE beat top30 HLTV! All haters, shut up, ENCE are back, before that they had fun. (no) AleksiB was a problem (no)
2019-12-21 02:32
#102
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Finland Vkims 
Aleksib overrated, OG wont win anything
2019-12-21 13:49
#106
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Russia angry_david1 
Yes, that's why ENCE after his kick degraded to tier2 teams
2019-12-21 15:31
#3
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Denmark bebm 
FUN4ENCE
2019-12-20 19:22
Mr.Firepower is back
2019-12-20 19:22
#5
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Finland nikoj! 
Miikka "Firepower" Kemppi
2019-12-20 19:22
N1ce
2019-12-20 19:22
#9
Austria Qrazy 
Maybe they can up this form, d be great
2019-12-20 19:22
from tier 3 to tier 1 now back to tier fucking 3
2019-12-20 19:23
T2*
2019-12-20 19:32
#11
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Spain G3CK0 
nt riders, keep it up!
2019-12-20 19:24
#29
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United States Onions2085 
+1 good sportsmanship
2019-12-20 19:33
Good job.
2019-12-20 19:24
top 1 2020 xaxaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-20 19:24
#14
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Brazil ZlatanIsGod 
Save steel
2019-12-20 19:24
#16
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Finland karvaperse22 
FUN4ALLU
2019-12-20 19:24
#19
KRIMZ | 
France Vilmarh 
Good job ENCE, soon you will beat the likes of BIG or even Sprout ! (maybe)
2019-12-20 19:26
Don't get too confident they still have to prove themselves as a solid T3 team
2019-12-20 19:45
#108
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Iceland fatboislim 
Soon maybe sprout but before that g2
2019-12-21 16:13
#23
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Europe letqpena 
Mr. Firepower went 109/69 today with 1.50 rating. Against shit teams, sure, but suNny seems to be getting back in the game.
2019-12-20 19:27
#31
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Finland Faust_fSt 
It's better to beat shit teams than lose to good teams, and you can't choose your opponents! I think ENCE should be allowed to be happy about winning games with this "new" lineup, which imo they haven't been given permission to, since the expectations were so high. If you can't enjoy winning - even against clearly weaker opponents - you can't perform at your best level. Come on ENCE!
2019-12-20 19:36
+1
2019-12-20 19:39
#34
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
bruh, why you calling us a shit team? we busted our asses to make it to this point off the EU qualy and you call us shit? Ence were better today, sure, but that doesn't mean riders is bad
2019-12-20 19:40
#36
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Finland Faust_fSt 
I didn't mean to say Riders were a shit team, the first line was more of a general comment, which applies to all sports. I think Riders were super impressive yesterday, and I was defo worried for today's game, but I think that in this bo3 your boys were a bit "scared" to make aggressive plays and work off each other, which worked really well yesterday. Nothing but good wishes to your boys in the future :)
2019-12-20 19:42
#66
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Pure respect man! They don’t call us the Spanish ence for nothing. 2020 will be a good year for both of our teams!
2019-12-20 22:24
bro you are so positive i want to give you hug bro)))
2019-12-21 10:32
#99
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Thanks man, just trying to make hltv a nicer place!
2019-12-21 12:35
suNny has been phenomenal this whole tournament. sergej, allu and suNny are basically carrying ence. Top tier team if everyone can step up like this.
2019-12-20 19:28
FlukeEnce gg have fun
2019-12-20 19:29
#60
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Finland Testo$ami 
Japan cs lmaoooooo
2019-12-20 21:54
Movistar buy VS pistols == ROFL
2019-12-20 19:32
WP Riders, keep it up
2019-12-20 19:33
#30
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Europe monnimaa 
Well, ENCE played allright, but mostly spaniards were terrible. Sunny = firepower
2019-12-20 19:33
NT Riders, well be there rooting for next year impressive what u guys have done in two months
2019-12-20 19:42
#38
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Poland Ligm@ 
Ence fluke
2019-12-20 19:46
Sunny actually firepower
2019-12-20 20:10
vs T3/T2.5 opponents
2019-12-21 03:23
#43
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World Beard43 
Sometimes raw talent can win games I guess, particularly in lower tier CS.
2019-12-20 20:11
Besides Sunny going ram again, nothing impressive from ence. Xseven and aerial still seems weak points in this lineup.
2019-12-20 20:25
2 EZ4ENCE TOMMOROW THEY REKT G2
2019-12-20 20:51
movistar still tier 100
2019-12-20 20:54
T3 or T2.5
2019-12-21 03:22
#50
eDi | 
Albania shieldzz 
Xseven its usseles without the aug. And aerial brings nothing to the team
2019-12-20 21:08
xseven actually is very smart and ok player... he is just often left to rotate for retake or defend the site alone.
2019-12-21 03:22
#105
eDi | 
Albania shieldzz 
Maybe but this team lack of firepower. sergej seems to lost motivation sunny and allu are inconsistent af
2019-12-21 14:20
I think that aswell... i think that Aleksib brought more morale and motivation for the squad... now with initial losses and blummetting ranking, gg ence and wp if they ever bounce back...
2019-12-21 19:16
#115
eDi | 
Albania shieldzz 
I wonder what players will ence target if they keep failling ? Jampi banned aleksib in OG. Maybe zorre from havu?
2019-12-22 15:24
Spargo from helsinki reds and zoreee
2019-12-22 16:04
#53
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Lithuania aikaz45 
WOOOOOW Ence strike back aganst a team that might aswell consist of 5 randoms. congratulations ence best team in 2047
2019-12-20 21:15
+1
2019-12-20 21:42
Fun4ence
2019-12-20 21:24
Happy to see their great performance! #EZ4ENCE
2019-12-20 21:50
man people are hating so much on ence :D wp to the riders
2019-12-20 22:01
#62
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Spain ericmoncusi23 
GGwp, nt riders
2019-12-20 22:07
#73
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Brazil hugoooo 
I honestly think that lucas1 would be a great replacement for mopz, who is the weakest link of Riders by far. The core of ALEX + steel + loWel + EasTor is really promising tho, they are very close to become a solid team that will always be on HLTV top 30.
2019-12-20 23:22
Any team that has to "strike back" against Movistar to regain their honor should disband. Nice job by MR tho. two A-tier lans in one month.
2019-12-21 04:33
Ez for my boy Sunnyvista!
2019-12-21 06:40
#94
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Germany blabla23 
riders need to fix their T-sides
2019-12-21 07:38
EZ 4 FIREPOWER
2019-12-21 07:42
FIREPOWER CONFIRMED
2019-12-21 13:52
fun4ence
2019-12-21 20:57
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