The draw for the NextGen Series semi-finals took place this afternoon at the tournament’s London headquarters, revealing the final round of matches to be played. Chelsea will take on either Arsenal or CSKA in Como next week, with Aston Villa facing Sporting CP. The semi-finals will be held at the Stadio G. Sinigaglia on Friday 29th March and the final on Monday 1st April. Games will be brought to fans live via Eurosport and via Chelsea TV.
This week saw Chelsea FC, Sporting CP and Aston Villa fight off tough competition in their quarter-final fixtures. The last quarter-final game, Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow will take place on Monday 25th March and will determine the fourth club through to the semi-finals.
Following a 4-1 win over Juventus last Sunday, Chelsea FC earned their place in the finals and will play either Arsenal or CSKA Moscow in the first semi-final. Both victorious from their wins against Olympiacos and Tottenham Hotspur last night, Aston Villa and Sporting CP will be going head to head.
Both semi-final ties will be played over one leg with extra-time and penalties played on the night should the scores be level after 90 minutes. The third place play off will take place at 13.00 CET on Sunday 31st March, with the NextGen final the following day.
The concluding fixtures are as follows:
Chelsea vs. Arsenal FC/CSKA broadcast TBC at 15.00 CET
Aston Villa vs. Sporting CP broadcast LIVE on Eurosport at 20.00 CET
Final broadcast LIVE on Eurosport at 18.00 CET