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.