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Villa youngsters handed Ajax trip in last 16 of NextGen Series
Draw for European U19 tournament knockout stages revealed.
30th Jan 2013
Villa youngsters handed Ajax trip in last 16 of NextGen Series


Villa's young guns have been handed a trip to Ajax in the last 16 of the NextGen Series.

Tony McAndrew's team must get past the Amsterdam giants if they are to progress further in the prestigious European U19 competition.

The mouth-watering clash is a rematch from last season when the two clubs met home and away in the group stages.

Ajax were 2-0 winners at their De Toekomst training headquarters thanks to goals from Nick de Bondt and Viktor Fischer.

But the claret and blues produced a sparkling performance in the return at Villa Park with Gary Gardner's hat-trick giving them a 3-0 success - a result which confirmed top spot in the group.

Villa - who reached the quarter-finals last term - made it through to the knockout stages again this time around, finishing second place in a group that included PSV Eindhoven, Celtic and table-toppers Sporting club de Portugal.

Home wins over PSV and Celtic, a draw at Celtic and a stunning 5-1 away win at Sporting were enough to send Villa through.

The draw for the last 16 was confirmed last night after Ajax fought back to earn a 3-3 draw against Chelsea.

Stay tuned for information on the date and kick-off time for the Ajax clash.

NextGen Series last 16 draw

Paris St Germain v Tottenham Hotspur
CSKA Moscow v PSV Eindhoven
Sporting CP v Liverpool
Barcelona v Chelsea
Internazionale v Arsenal
Olympiacos v RSC Anderlecht
Juventus v Rosenborg BK
Ajax v Aston Villa

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