The F.A. Cup semi-final draw has been finalised this week with the completion of the F.A. Cup quarter-final ties. The tragic collapse of Bolton player, Fabrice Muamba, during the first-half of his team’s quarter-final match with Tottenham Hotspur, led to the match being abandoned with the score at 1-1. The re-arranged fixture took place this week, along with Everton’s replay with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, after the original fixture at Goodison Park ended in a 1-1 draw. Here’s a brief summary of the action from both matches, followed by the confirmed semi-final draw.
Ryan Nelson, Gareth Bale and Louis Saha, all scored in the final fifteen minutes at White Hart Lane, to help Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. The match, which was dedicated to Fabrice Muamba and his family, was a totally one-sided affair, with the home side battering their opponents, who had little to offer, save for a fantastic goalkeeping performance from Bogdan.
Bogdan single handedly kept his side in the game, with magnificent saves from van der Vaart, Adebayor, Bale and Parker amongst others. Van der vaart hit the bar with free-kick early in the second-half, before Ledley King headed over when he really ought to have done better. Klasnic registered Bolton’s first shot on target in the 71st minute, but it produced a comfortable save for Cudicini. Minutes later Ryan Nelsen broke the deadlock, the big New Zealand defender heading home van der Vaart’s corner at the far post. Bale doubled the advantage on 77 minutes, finishing off a lightening break, from Defoe’s final pass.
There was drama at the death, as Kevin Davies stabbed one back for the visitors to give them a glimmer of hope. Louis Saha gave the score-line the sheen it deserved though, when he slammed a twenty yard effort into the bottom corner with the last meaningful kick of the game. Tottenham deservedly through, Bolton crash out, and they still have a job on to stay up.
David Moyes’ Everton came out comfortable 2-0 winners over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The home side, who hung on grimly in the first match to secure the replay, were outplayed by their guests fairly emphatically over the course of the match. New signing Nikica Jelavic put the Toffees 0-1 up in the 24th minute, sweeping home Gueye’s cross to beat Mignolet.
In truth, but for Mignolet, Everton could’ve been two up by the time Jelavic scored, but the Belgian made wonderful saves to deny Cahill and Jelavic himself. Jelavic had a hand in the second too, his 57th minute shot, half saved by Mignolet, was calamitously bundled into his own net by, substitute, David Vaughan, as he attempted to make the clearance. Everton, and particularly Jelavic, had chances to make the score-line more reflective of the match, however they couldn’t take them. Sunderland’s best chance fell to Sessegnon, but he was unfortunate to hit the woodwork; 0-2 the final score.
F.A. Cup Semi-Final Draw
Liverpool vs Everton Sat April 14th 12.30
Tottenham vs Chelsea Sun April 15th 15.00
As you can see, some very tasty semi-finals indeed, a Merseyside Derby and a London Derby, fitting for such a great competition, which has enjoyed a greater significance this year than in recent times, and rightly so!
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