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Villa are champions of Europe

Aston Villa have won the NextGen Series - the Champions League for youth sides - following a 2-0 win against Chelsea in the final at Lake Como.

The young Villans were under pressure for large portions of the first half, with Chelsea's Lewis Baker and Islam Feruz going close early on.

Villa grew into the game with Jack Grealish and Callum Robinson causing problems out wide and went close to taking the lead themselves when Graham Burke nearly scrambled the ball past Mitchell Beeney on 25 minutes.

After the break, Villa looked the more threatening side and were awarded a penalty on 49 minutes. when a clumsy piece of defending from Alex Davey brought down Robinson. Graham Burke converted to give Villa a 1-0 lead.

Chelsea's Jeremie Boga looked to inject some pace into the game but the Blues looked out of ideas and Villa looked very comfortable off the ball.

Alex Kiwomya was sent off for the Blues as seconds ran out for the West London side and a second penalty from Burke in added time meant Villa were crowned NextGen champions.

Chelsea's Lewis Baker was named player of the tournament after a run of superb displays that took the Blues to the final.

Sporting CP claimed third place in the NextGen Series, beating Arsenal 3-1.

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