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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



Wembley Stadium | 19th April 2009 16:00

Man Utd v Everton

Everton are in the FA Cup final.

The Toffees showed character and quality in abundance as they beat Manchester United 4-2 on penalties at Wembley to book a 30 May date with Chelsea.

The game was 0-0 after 90 and 120 minutes but Everton had matched their opponents stride for stride for every second of them.

Tim Howard produced two saves in the shootout, while the decisive spot kick, fittingly, was despatched by Phil Jagielka.

Tim Howard saves from Rio Ferdinand in the shootoutTim Howard saves from Rio Ferdinand in the shootout

The defender had been immense at the centre of the defence, but it would be unfair to single out individuals after such a magnificent team effort.

Everton began confidently as Leon Osman sliced a shot wide in the first minute.

Teenager Federico Macheda drilled a volley wide from 20 yards shortly afterwards, but Everton were more than matching their illustrious opponents.

Louis Saha controls under pressure from Rio Ferdinand.Louis Saha controls under pressure from Rio Ferdinand

And it was an excellent Marouane Fellaini pass that played in Phil Neville in the 11th minute, the ex-United man couldn't produce a finish to worry Ben Foster though.

The busy Carlos Tevez shot wide to serve notice of United's undoubted threat, but their keeper Ben Foster was in trouble on 20 minutes when he dallied on a backpass with Louis Saha bearing down on him.

Fortunately for the keeper, the Frenchman's block rebounded into his gloves.

That seemed to awaken United and they went close when Danny Welbeck's flick was deflected by Lescott and the ball flew inches wide.

But the Blues were back on the offensive in the 27th minute when a lovely pass from Pienaar sent in Leighton Baines and he was illegally halted by Rafael on the edge of the box. South African's free kick was cleared for a corner.

Phil Neville puts pressure on Da Silva.

Pienaar, very much the man of the moment, was scythed down by Tevez and denied a penalty before Welbeck lashed wide at the other end.

When the second half began, Cahill's drive from all of 30 yards was parried away by Foster, then Ji-Sung Park sent a low effort wide after a good United move.

Darron Gibson was also denied before Welbeck went sprawling in the area under challenge from Jagielka. But ref Mike Riley waved away the protests, incensing Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline.

With 20 minutes left, Saha was withdrawn with Jack Rodwell replacing him, the switch meant Cahill moving to play as a forward.

The game opened up and Anderson was next to threaten goal, hitting a right-foot shot into the side netting with 15 minutes left.

Tim Howard saves from Rio Ferdinand in the shootout

Nemanja Vidic had a header deflected over and Welbeck curled another effort over the bar as extra time became a probability.

When the extra period was confirmed, injured pair Mikel Arteta and Nuno Valente were among those on the pitch encouraging and advising their team-mates.

Early on extra time Cahill wriggled free in the box and his shot was blocked by Foster's leg. The best United could offer at the other end was a long range Tevez drive that went way over.

With just over 100 minutes of the game gone, James Vaughan got the chance to make his latest comeback as he replaced Fellaini. And In the second half of extra time, Vaughan miscued as he connected with Baines' pull-back and Vidic cleared the danger.

Osman also went close then Riley decided to book Cahill for a foul - a decision which irked the Blues fans as the Aussie would have been through on goal had the whistle not gone.

Everton were pushing the harder in the dying minutes, but time expired without the deadlock being broken.

The penalty shootout took place in front of the United fans, and Cahill fired his opening kick way over the bar.

But Howard denied Berbatov's weak effort and then Baines was clinical. The American then thwarted Rio Ferdinand and Phil Neville calmly stroked his spot-kick home.

Vidic scored with the help of the post and Vaughan kept his cool for the Toffees. Anderson kept his side in it but Jagielka was calm with the winning effort.



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