Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton: Eagles overtake Toffees to advance to FA Cup quarter-finals

Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his first FA Cup goal of the season.

Crystal Palace booked a trip to Wembley after a comfortable win over Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final at Selhurst Park.

Goals from Marc Gaea and Jean-Philippe Mateta in the first half put them in complete control before Wilfrid Zaha and Will Hughes secured the win as the hosts’ drive and determination overwhelmed the underdog Toffees.

Such a hard defeat looked unlikely as Everton started furiously, almost taking the lead in the first minute thanks to Michael Keane, before Richarlison collided with Gehi but was ruled offside.

However, after Everton’s Andros Townsend was forced off the pitch with an injury, the hosts calmed down and Gehi put them ahead in the 25th minute with a powerful header from Michael Olize’s accurate corner.

Everton’s poor mark almost cost them again moments later when Zaha crossed Godfrey to meet Mateta’s cross, only to shoot wide of target.

As the break approached, Palace made it 2-0. Eberechi Eze teamed up with Zaha, who switched roles with Mateta, swinging in a low ball and the striker decisively edged past Jordan Pickford.

Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was called up at half-time by Everton, but not immediately the luck of Frank Lampard’s team, which lacked ideas and energy.

Zaha guaranteed the result with 11 minutes to go, rebounding from Olize’s second shot that bounced off the post.

And after checking the VAR on handball, Hughes added to Everton’s suffering with a close-range finish in the closing stages.

Zaha is no longer the only star in the Palace

There was a time when Palace needed Zaa to shine if they wanted to get things done, but it was another great example that Patrick Vieira’s side now had multiple paths to victory.

The Ivorian played his part with an assist and a late goal, but the final third also saw a lot of creativity from Eze, who recently returned from a long-term injury, and Olize.

Conor Gallagher put in another superb performance, dictating the game against Everton with no ideas in return. Whoever faces Palace at Wembley will face a difficult task.

Toffees come off again

If Thursday night’s victory over Newcastle offered hope for Everton’s end-of-season resurgence, Sunday was a stark reminder of why they struggled so hard.

Their good start had to lead to something, and the fact that the break in the game slowed down their rhythm to such an extent shows how fragile their confidence is.

Calvert-Lewin isn’t in full form yet, but he hasn’t been able to turn things around since he was introduced.

And Lampard will be looking for more inspiration in the fight against relegation from the Premier League.

Man of the match

GallagherConor Gallagher

crystal palace

  1. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  2. Squad numberelevenPlayer nameZaha

  3. Squad number7Player nameOlize

  4. Squad number10Player nameEze

  5. Squad numberfourteenPlayer nameMateta

  6. Squad number6Player namegay

  7. Squad number12Player nameHughes

  8. Squad number8Player nameKouyate

  9. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  10. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  11. Squad number22Player nameEdward

  12. Squad numberonePlayer nameButland

  13. Squad number17Player namekline

  14. Squad numbertwentyPlayer nameBenteke

  15. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

Everton

  1. Squad numberfourteenPlayer nameTownsend

  2. Squad number24Player nameGordon

  3. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  4. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  5. Squad numberonePlayer namePickford

  6. Squad numberelevenPlayer nameGray

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoukure

  8. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  9. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  10. Squad number2Player nameKenny

  11. Squad number21Player nameAndre Gomez

  12. Squad numberninePlayer nameCalvert-Lewin

  13. Squad numberfivePlayer namekin

  14. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

Lineups

crystal palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • oneButland
  • 17kline
  • 16Andersen
  • 6gay
  • 3Mitchell
  • 23Gallagher
  • 8KouyateReplaced withHughesin 83′minutes
  • 10EzeReplaced withMilivojevicin 71′minutes
  • 7OlizeReplaced withBentekein 83′minutes
  • fourteenMatetaReplaced withEdwardin 71′minutes
  • elevenZaha

Substitutes

  • 2guard
  • 4Milivojevic
  • fiveTomkins
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Guaita
  • twentyBenteke
  • 22Edward
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Everton

Formation 3-4-3

  • onePickford
  • 22Godfrey
  • fivekin
  • 4Holgate
  • 23ColemanReplaced withIwobiin 73′minutes
  • 21Andre GomezBooked in 64 minutes
  • 16Doukure
  • 2KennyReplaced withCalvert-Lewinin 45′minutes
  • fourteenTownsendReplaced withGrayin 17′minutes
  • 7Richarlison
  • 24GordonBooked in 62 minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Patterson
  • nineCalvert-Lewin
  • elevenGray
  • 17Iwobi
  • 19Mikolenko
  • 31Lonergan
  • 32Brantwaite
  • 53Tyrer
  • 60Price

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