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Aston Villa Advance To NextGen Series Final After Beating Sporting Lisbon In Extra Time

Scoring one and assisting the other, Grealish was instrumental during extra-time.

Scoring one and assisting the other, Grealish was instrumental during extra-time. Image: AVFC

Aston Villa will face Chelsea in Monday’s NextGen Series final after beating Sporting Lisbon in extra-time this evening.

The young Villains found inspiration through Jack Grealish during the additional period to defeat the Portuguese outfit, of whom were favourites to win the tie.

It took until the second half for Villa to really make an impact after Sporting had the best of the chances in the first.

Farley Rosa and Luri Medeiros both struck from long-range before Palhinha had the ball in the net but was penalized for being offside.

Graham Burke put Villa ahead after 54 minutes when Samir Carruthers was tripped in the box and he stepped up to take the penalty.

Medeiros equalled the scores after 68 minutes with a header, which came moments after he had hit the bar for Sporting.

As the referee sent the tie to extra-time, much like Chelsea and Arsenal’s earlier fixture, it was Grealish who gave them the lead when he got on the end of Callum Robinson’s cross.

Carruthers scored the third goal after Grealish capitalized on a defensive error from the Portuguese side and gave it to Carruthers to slot home.

Lake Como will host Monday’s final.


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2 thoughts on “Aston Villa Advance To NextGen Series Final After Beating Sporting Lisbon In Extra Time

  1. 3 games this season: Villa 1-3 Sporting (Birmingham), Sporting 1-5 Villa (Lisbon), Sporting 1-3 Villa (Neutral). Can’t say they are favourites next time!

    Sporting were excellent technically, had powerful players, players with skill and pace up front so I can see why they are rated so highly – especially the English “pundits” considering they disposed of Liverpool and Spurs in the previous rounds scoring 9 goals. But Villa have been one of the strongest sides in the competition over both years.

    Having watched Chelsea today I would grudgingly make them favourites for the final. They look very good. Quick, strong, some brilliant direct forward players and a dominant midfield. But Villa have found a knack of grinding out wins. Ajax, then Olympiacos and now Sporting. I hope they can do it in the final too! UTV

    Posted by TJ | March 29, 2013, 9:56 pm


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