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NextGen Series: Villa draw Sporting Lisbon in semi-finals

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NextGen Series: Villa draw Sporting Lisbon in semi-finals

Villa have been drawn against Sporting Lisbon in the semi-finals of the NextGen Series.

Tony McAndrew's men face a last four clash on March 29 at 7pm [BST] in Lake Como, Italy.

The first semi-final, Chelsea v Arsenal or CSKA Moscow, will take place earlier in the day at 2pm [BST].

Arsenal and CSKA Moscow will decide the final quarter-final on Monday, after Villa booked their place last night via a 1-0 win over Olympiacos.

Chelsea defeated Juventus 5-1 while Sporting Lisbon saw off Tottenham 5-3 after extra-time.

Villa lost 3-1 at home to Sporting Lisbon in the first game of this season's NextGen Series qualifying campaign.

Villa took the lead through Mikey Drennan in the Group 4 clash but the club who nurtured the likes of Figo, Nani and Ronaldo came back strong to emerge victorious in B6.

However, in the away clash, Villa defeated Sporting Lisbon 5-1 in a phenomenal performance.

There were two goals apiece for Mikey Drennan and Graham Burke as well as a Janoi Donacien strike to put the icing on the cake.

The victory booked their place in the final sixteen of the prestigious youth tournament.

Now, with the semi-final clash on the horizon, who will win the decider?

The finals weekend takes place in Lake Como, Italy between March 29 and April 1.

The final will be held on April 1, kick-off 5pm [BST]. The third-fourth place play-off will be held on March 31, kick-off 12noon [BST].

Make sure you watch extended highlights of our win over Olympiacos.

By @AVFCOfficial 21st March 2013