Aston Villa will be joined by two more English teams in the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series after Chelsea and Tottenham pulled off away day scalps to make it past the round of 16. Meanwhile Liverpool will not be able to emulate last season’s third place finish after they were resoundly beaten by Sporting Lisbon.
Let’s start our round-up in Paris where Tottenham had on paper the hardest game of the lot with the 16th seeds facing the top seed of Paris Saint-Germain.
It was one of their NextGen heroes so far this season that got Spurs off to a great start in the 34th minute when Shaquile Coulthirst struck first blood for the English side at St German en Laye. However PSG came out fighting in the second half and just after the hour mark Alexis Sainrimat pulled the scores level for Les Parisiens Jeune with a neat finish.
The game went to penalties and in the end it was the London side that came through when Lawrence Vigouroux denied PSG in the shootout for a 4-3 win.
Here are a couple of Tweets from delighted Tottenham players…
Massive Win For The Boys In The @nextgenseries Against PSG, Happy To Get On The Scoresheet Again...#COYS
— Shaq Coulthirst (@ShaqCoulthirst) February 20, 2013
Into the next round of next gen. Beat PSG on penos. Got an assist for @shaqcoulthirst #COYS
— kenneth Mcevoy (@kennethMcevoy) February 20, 2013
Beat PSG on penalties in @nextgenseries, thanks for the messages. - Ganar en penales contra PSG en @nextgenseries, gracias por los mensajes.
— Lawrence Vigouroux (@LawrenceV93) February 20, 2013
Islam Feruz added to his goal tally by slotting home Todd Kane’s assist in the first half and despite early pressure from Barca Chelsea would have felt they deserved something for their efforts.
However early in the second half and Conor Hunte was sent off for a second booking leaving Chelsea with a seemingly uphill challenge. Yet they withstood all the pressure that came their way and finished the game in style. Jeremie Boga capping a fine individual performance with a mazy solo run and finish to knock Barcelona out of the competition and send Chelsea through.
After sifting through the litany of congratulatory messages and team banter a few elated Tweets from Chelsea players were also found online ….
Buzzing beat Barcelona 2 0 And we had 10 men 45 minutes #teamwork #unreal #bosssed
— Alex Davey (@davey_alex) February 20, 2013
Great performance from the team and superb team spirit tonight boys to get beat barcelona 2-0 Thank you to all the fans that wish us Gdluck
— lewis baker (@lew_baker) February 20, 2013
Am happy tonyt. Thankyou for yur support. What a great win to beat Barca... #CFC #NextGen
— George Saville (@GeorgeSav_) February 20, 2013
As for Liverpool their dream died as a Carlos Mane inspired Sporting Lisbon ran riot at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. He scored an early brace to gain control of the game before late goals from Joao Palhinha and Wilson Janco capped a ruthless performance and 4-0 triumph for the Portuguese dark-horses.
Contrary to some reports the draw is not already confirmed for the next stage and in fact will take place on Friday.
What do you make of Chelsea and Tottenham making it through to the quarter-finals along with Villa?
image: © Jason Bagley