Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace takes on Everton’s Ben Godfrey in an FA Cup match.© AFP
Crystal Palace stormed into the FA Cup semi-final for the first time in six years on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Everton. Marc Guehi, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes scored the goals as the Eagles continue their impressive first season under Patrick Vieira. Everton’s focus is now on staying in the Premier League as they sit precariously just above the relegation zone. Frank Lampard’s men took just a second league win in 12 games against Newcastle on Thursday and started looking like they could build on that confidence boost.
Michael Keane forfeited a glorious early opportunity, while Richarlison saw two penalty appeals dismissed.
However, there was no turning back when set pieces exposed their vulnerability for the opening goal.
Guehi was called up to the England squad for the first time this week and celebrated with his fourth goal since coming from Chelsea when he headed into Michael Olise’s corner.
The combination of Olise, Zaha and Eberechi Eze then began to tear Everton apart, no more than in one fluid motion for the second goal.
Eze’s quick feet freed Zaha on the left and his low cross was swept in by Mateta.
Everton toiled hard as they tried to regain the tie with Demarai Gray’s long-range attempt, which came closest to a reaction.
But two more goals in the last 11 minutes sealed a resounding Palace victory.
Zaha was on alert after Olise’s shot hit the crossbar to score his 10th goal of the season.
And Hughes rounded out the score with his first goal since 2019 in the rebound after Jordan Pickford made a stunning save to reject Connor Gallagher.
Palace join Chelsea in the draw for the last four, with Southampton hosting Manchester City and Liverpool heading to Nottingham Forest in Sunday’s two other quarter-finals.
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