Denmark wins World Cup - virtually

Rio de Janeiro - A Danish teenager has claimed the virtual World Cup by beating his English rival in the online Playstation gaming competition, overcoming a field of almost two million entrants.

While his nation did not make it to the real World Cup, 18-year-old August Rosenmeier did his bit for Danish pride by beating England's David Bytheway 3-1 on Thursday to win the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC).

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo, right, gives August Rosenmeier his trophy after he won the Grand Finale of the interactive virtual World Cup. AFP PHOTO/TASSO M, RCELO. Credit: AFP

The FIWC, which is played exclusively with EA Sports' FIFA 14 game and on a Sony PlayStation 3, has grown from 28,000 entrants in the inaugural tournament in 2004 to a huge online field in 2014.

Rosenmeier claimed a $20,000 first prize as reward for his dedication, saying he 'trains' for four to six hours per day. - Sapa-AP