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Saturday 23 August K.O. 17:30

The Road To Wembley

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Everton return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since the 2009 FA Cup final on Saturday with city rivals Liverpool in their sights.

The occasion promises to be, as manager David Moyes put it, 'magical'.

Here's the story of how the Blues' path to England's world-renowned national stadium was paved...


ROUND 3: TAMWORTH TAMED
Everton 2 Tamworth 0


Everton squeezed their way past plucky Tamworth at Goodison Park but the non-league outfit did themselves proud in the third round of the FA Cup as John Heitinga’s fifth-minute header and a late, and somewhat soft, Leighton Baines' penalty separated the teams. The gargantuan upset that a Tamworth victory would have provided never really looked on, but for the vast majority of the game the Conference side played their part in an evenly-contested match-up.

John Heitinga heads Everton ahead in round threeJohn Heitinga heads Everton ahead in round three

It's important that you win. It was not our best game but in the end it was 2-0 and we had a clean sheet. Tamworth did well in my eyes in the way they played but we're in the next round and that's the most important thing
- John Heitinga






 

 

 

 


ROUND 4: DENIS DELIVERS
Everton 2 Fulham 1

Denis Stracqualursi's first Everton goal and a sublime header from Marouane Fellaini saw David Moyes' side come from behind to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Argentine Stracqualursi, making only his third start for the Club, met a pinpoint Landon Donovan delivery midway through the first half to cancel out Danny Murphy's early penalty. The tie looked to be heading for a replay at Craven Cottage but, with 17 minutes remaining, the outstanding Fellaini capitalised on another artful centre from Donovan to send the Blues through.

An emotional Denis Stracqualursi sinks to his knees after scoring his first Everton goal against FulhamAn emotional Denis Stracqualursi sinks to his knees after scoring his first Everton goal against Fulham
I didn't know what to do in that second but it was for my son, my family and my parents in Argentina. I'm happy I got the goal for them
- Denis Stracqualursi









 

 

 


ROUND 5: SEASIDERS SUNK
Everton 2 Blackpool 0


Goals in the first seven minutes from Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi fired Everton into the last eight of the FA Cup at the expense of Ian Holloway's Seasiders. The Blues' place in the quarter-final hat looked all but assured from the moment Drenthe exquisitely curled past Matt Gilks just 49 seconds in. Stracqualursi then bundled home from close range to end the tie as a contest and give David Moyes' in-form men what was a fourth successive home win.

Goalscorer Royston Drenthe in action against Blackpool in round fiveGoalscorer Royston Drenthe in action against Blackpool in round five
It's a great feeling to be into the quarter-final. We're going to try to get to the final and win it - but then I said that before the draw was made for the third round
- David Moyes








 

 


ROUND 6: BACK TO YOUR PLACE
Everton 1 Sunderland 1


Everton's quest to reach Wembley was temporarily put on hold as they were frustrated by Sunderland at Goodison Park. David Moyes' men were looking to sew up an FA Cup semi-final trip to the national stadium but instead had to settle for an all-or-nothing replay at the Stadium of Light. The Blues were forced to do things the hard way almost from the off as the unlikely figure of Phil Bardsley rifled the visitors into a 12th-minute lead. Tim Cahill levelled with a deft header just 11 minutes later but, try as they might, Everton just couldn't find the killer blow to carve an immediate path into the final four.

Tim Cahill celebrates his quarter-final leveller against SunderlandTim Cahill celebrates his replay-earning quarter-final leveller against Sunderland
We were just short of doing the job today. The thing is, we've still got a massive chance to really do something special with this football club
- Tim Cahill






 

 


ROUND 6 REPLAY: FOLLOW THE JELAVIC ROAD
Sunderland 0 Everton 2


A stunning display of composure and craft, a fine finish from Nikica Jelavic and a comedic own goal from David Vaughan saw Everton swagger to a sensational replay victory at the Stadium of Light and set up a mouthwatering FA Cup semi-final showdown with Liverpool. The Blues started on the front foot and had chances to open the scoring before Jelavic met Magaye Gueye's low cross to steer his side ahead on 24 minutes. Sunderland never really got a grip on their superior visitors thereafter and, in truth, Everton may have added more than the own goal clumsily bundled in by substitute Vaughan 12 minutes into the second half.

Everton's latest goal hero Nikica Jelavic wheels away after teeing up David Vaughan's own goal at the Stadium of LightEverton's latest goal hero Nikica Jelavic wheels away after teeing up David Vaughan's own goal at the Stadium of Light
It was an unbelievable performance. I knew coming here that Everton was a big club capable of winning trophies and hopefully now we can go to the semi-final and pull off another memorable win.
- Darron Gibson

 

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