With two of the biggest sides in England already in the FA Cup semifinals (Manchester United and Chelsea), only Middlesbrough stood between an FA Cup semifinal date at Wembley and Everton. With a spot in the final four on the line, David Moyes and his men came away with a 2-1 result over struggling Middlesbrough.
Belgian sensation Marouane Fellaini was against amongst the goals, as the big midfielder cancelled out David Wheater’s opener. Fellaini got on the end of a Tim Cahill cross and Boro keeper Brad Jones was left disappointed with his positioning. Six minutes later Louis Saha, just off the substitute’s bench and just back from injury, headed home Everton’s second goal. 2-1 to the Toffees, and a date with Wembley forthcoming.
Even as someone who doesn’t necessarily follow Everton, it’s great to see success go their way. Louis Saha in particular deserves his success. Saha was an outstanding piece of the United puzzle in the 2006/07 season, leading the team to a convincing league title. At Everton things haven’t been at rosy, but at long last Toffees fans are getting a glimpse into Saha’s arsenal.
With the FA Cup semifinal draw already made, Moyes will be looking forward to a Wembley match against Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in October before Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty separated the two sides at Old Trafford in January. Regardless, an FA Cup semifinal clash could go either way, and Everton will view the FA Cup as a potential trophy this year.
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