NextGen Review: Tottenham & Aston Villa throw away two-goal leads in Wednesday's action

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Spurs and Aston Villa allowed Wolfsburg and Celtic back to draw in 2-2 results while Sporting Lisbon and Paris Saint-Germain went marching on with victories in their games with PSV Eindhoven and Fenerbahce.

British interest in the NextGen Series got back into action in exciting fashion on Wednesday as Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Celtic were all in action.

The Young Lilywhites opened the scoring when their current standout player in the competition Alex Pritchard gave the home side a 1-0 lead after just eight minutes against German outfit VfL Wolfsburg.

It was a curling free-kick from 20-yards out that delivered the first goal adding to Pritchard’s reputation as something of a set-piece specialist with some style. As if Wolfsburg keeper Carl Klaus had not seen enough of the talented midfielder he soon turned observer again as a curling strike from the edge of the box sailed past him for a brace and a 2-0 advantage for Spurs after just thirty-five minutes.

Tottenham were extremely comfortable with their two-goal advantage and Lasto Dombaxe and Pritchard once again were among the culprits as they spurned several chances to put the game to bed.

They were made to pay for not finishing off the game with Wolfsburg showing their own clinical streak in the final ten minutes of the game. Goals from two Phillip’s first Klaus from the penalty spot and then from Muller with the final kick of the game saw the Germans come away with a scantily deserved point in dramatic fashion.

The result leaves Spurs in second place, four points behind group leaders Barcelona with a game in hand.

Aston Villa were on the hand of an identical result as they too threw away a two-goal-advantage against Celtic. The last time these faced it was a game of two halves and this was again the case as Aston Villa dominated the opening period. Celtic keeper Glenn Daniels first picked the ball out of his net when England-youth-international Jordan Graham gave Villa a lead and Irish striker Mikey Drennan fired home to make it a two goal gap for the Scots to bridge in the second half.

Celtic however were in top form in the second period and goals from an own goal by Daniel Devine and dangerous striker Patrick Twardzik left Villa needing a win against PSV at home in two weeks.

PSV took on Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and the Portuguese side were back to their best in a 4-2 victory. Goals from Ponde, Mane, Veloso and Medeiros were enough for victory.

Finally Paris Saint-Germain took control of Group 2 ahead of Juventus and Manchester City after a comfortable win away to Turkish side Fenerbahce. PSG scored either side of half-time from Kingsley Coman and Hervin Ongenda gave the French outfit full control of their group.

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