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
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.
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
"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
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.: