Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Everton and Chelsea advance to FA Cup final
by Paul Kennedy, April 20th, 2009 7:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Everton and Chelsea will meet in the English FA Cup final May 30 after winning their semifinal matches at Wembley Stadium. Everton's shootout victory -- courtesy of two saves by American keeper Tim Howard -- ended Manchester United's bid for five titles this season. Chelsea came from behind to down London rival Arsenal, 2-1.

Following Chelsea's comeback win on Saturday thanks to goals by Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he decided to take Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra out of what was already a weakened starting lineup because of the poor state of the Wembley field. Stars Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Giggs did not play.

Neither team could score in regulation and overtime. In the game's most controversial decision, referee Mike Riley did not award a penalty when Everton's Phil Jagielka knocked over Danny Welbeck in the box.

"When Riley sees it," said Ferguson, "he'll probably realize he's made a mistake but I can't say that's the reason for us losing."

The loss to Chelsea was costly for Arsenal as Dutchman Robin van Persie, who has played so well in recent weeks, aggravated a groin injury.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remained high on his young Gunners.

"The season is not petering out," he said. "We are in the last four in Europe, we have just played in the semifinal of the FA Cup and we still have to get as close as possible in the Premier League. We dropped out of things last season but I believe we have shown we are mentally strong in adversity this season."

Arsenal has another crack at Chelsea in the Champions League if they both win their semifinal series.

"I would love to play Chelsea again," said Wenger. "We could take our revenge because I believe we are maturing well.

FA Cup Results:
April 18 in London
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1. Goals: Malouda 33, Drogba 84; Walcott 18.
Arsenal -- Fabianski, Eboue, Toure, Silvestre, Gibbs, Walcott, Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson (Nasri, 86), Van Persie (Arshavin, 75), Adebayor (Bendtner, 83)
Chelsea -- Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Ballack, Lampard, Essien, Malouda, Anelka (Kalou, 82), Drogba
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Att.: 88,103.

April 19 in London
Everton 0 Man. United 0 (Everton wins 4-2 on penalties.)
Everton -- Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Fellaini (Vaughan, 102), Neville, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha (Rodwell, 70).
Manchester United -- Foster, R. Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, F. Da Silva (Evra, 64), Park (Scholes, 67), Gibson, Anderson, Welbeck, Tevez, Macheda (Berbatov, 91).
Referee: Mike Riley.
Att.: 88,141.


 

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
WPS owner Borislow dies of heart attack    
[OBITUARY] Dan Borislow, the controversial owner of franchise MagicJack in defunct Women's Professional Soccer, died Tuesday ...
MLS: Three games to watch    
[PREVIEW: Week 20] A pair of important Eastern Conference games and the first showdown of the ...
Teen star Saucedo becomes first Utahn to sign with RSL    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Real Salt Lake has signed 17-year-old academy star Sebastian Saucedo from RSL Arizona as ...
Teenager Hyndman in Fulham squad for Jax match    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Emerson Hyndman, the 18-year-old grandson of former FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, is in ...
Concorde Fire plays PDA Harkes for McGuire Cup    
[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] Georgia's Concorde Fire Elite and New Jersey's PDA Harkes will play Saturday for ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"He is a player with a good eye and good technique and is very agile. He ...
Top 20 U.S. soccer crowds    
[CROWD COUNT] Wednesday's game between the LA Galaxy and Manchester United drew 84,632 fans at the ...
Galaxy II signs academy product Jaime Villarreal    
[USL PRO] Jaime Villarreal, younger brother of Jose Villarreal, signed with LA Galaxy II, becoming the ...
Falcao is back! Playing baseball    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Colombian Radamel Falcao, recovering from an ACL injury, was perhaps the ...
Freddy Adu's latest stop: Serbia    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] A decade after making his pro debut at the age of 14 with D.C. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives