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FA CupCrystal Palace 4-0 Everton

Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton

In his first season at the club, Vieira will lead Crystal Palace out at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, after today’s comprehensive victory over a deflated Everton side.

The Crystal Palace manager will return to familiar territory, given his rich personal history at the iconic venue.

And on the basis of this stylish showing, few would bet against Palace returning for the final in May.

Olise, Zaha and company got into their stride after a lively start by the visitors had them pinned back, and the final whistle fully deserved the margin of victory.

Starting Lineup:

CRYSTAL PALACE (4-2-3-1): Jack Butland;

Nathaniel Clyne, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell;

Conor Gallagher, Cheikhou Kouyate; Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, Wilfried Zaha;

Jean-Philippe Mateta.

 

EVERTON (5-4-1): Jordan Pickford;

Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Jonjoe Kenny;

Anthony Gordon, Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andros Townsend;

Richarlison.

 

Goals:

PALACE LEAD! Having soaked up all the early pressure, the home side go in front! Olise guides in a pinpoint corner from the right, and taking advantage of some slack Everton marking, Guehi heads home unchallenged from the edge of the six-yard box. Palace 1-0 Everton!

PALACE GO TWO UP! Ending a sweeping Crystal Palace move, Eze and Zaha combine down the left before Mateta latches onto the latter’s pass and strikes powerfully past Pickford from near the penalty spot. That was a slick team goal, and the Eagles have soared into a 2-0 lead before the break!

PALACE ARE OFF TO WEMBLEY! Making the most of their fortune, after Olise’s mishit shot loops up and bounces back off the left post, Palace goes 3-0 up and put both feet in the FA Cup semi-finals. Zaha was the man quickest to react, and he made up for a miss just moments ago by turning the ball home.

HUGHES GETS THE FOURTH! Also involved in the build-up, Hughes follows up at close range to turn the ball home after Pickford makes a sharp save from Gallagher’s 20-yard shot. The Eagles are off to Wembley next month, and it is now Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton.

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