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Astralis reach grand final at Blast Global Final

Astralis swept Ninjas in Pyjamas on Friday to reach the grand final of the $500,000 Blast Pro Series: Global Final 2019 in Riffa, Bahrain. Photo courtesy of StarLadder

Astralis swept Ninjas in Pyjamas on Friday to reach the grand final of the $500,000 BLAST Pro Series: Global Final 2019 in Riffa, Bahrain.

The Danish team won the upper-bracket final by posting a 16-11 victory on Train and a 16-8 triumph on Nuke.

"We played really well," Astralis coach Danny "zonic" Sorensen said in a video posted to the team's Twitter page. "Overall, it was a great match, especially on Nuke, we really performed well."

With the loss, NiP bumped down to Saturday's lower-bracket final against Team Liquid, which eliminated FaZe Clan on Friday. Liquid opened with a 16-13 victory on Mirage before FaZe Clan battled back with a 16-12 decision on Dust II. Liquid took the best-of-three match with a 16-10 win on Nuke.

FaZe had earned the top ranking entering the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, which began in March with six global circuit stops, with seven teams competing in four events apiece. Liquid was ranked second, followed by Astralis and NiP.

The winner of the Team Liquid-NiP match will play Astralis later Saturday.

Saturday also will feature the Pro Standoff, comprising five one-on-one duels in the BLAST Standoff Aim Map.

FaZe Clan earned $15,000 in prize money for its fourth-place finish. The winning team takes home $350,000, with $80,000 going to second place and $35,000 to third.

-- Field Level Media