Lukaku Scores Brace Against Former Side to Send Toffees into Semis

Emirates FA Cup

March 12

Goodison Park, Liverpool, England

everton 2-0 cfc

77′ Lukaku

82′ Lukaku

83′ Costa Sent Off

86′ Barry Sent Off

Ten-men Everton defeated ten-men Chelsea thanks to two late goals from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku. The former Chelsea forward struck 13 minutes from time before Diego Costa and Gareth Barry were sent off.

In a game of few chances, the hosts started well and went close within the first 40 seconds when Tom Cleverly shot at goal, but Thibaut Courtois made an easy save.

The game was filled with robust challenges and in the ninth minute, Costa received a yellow card for leaving his arm in on Barry. The two were involved in some tasty challenges in the game.

The closest the visitors went to taking the lead came from a William freekick that was tipped over by Joel Robles.

After the break, the hosts went close in the 50th minute when a Ramiro Funes Mori header looped over the bar following a corner.

Seven minutes later, the visitors nearly took the lead. Cesc Fàbregas played Costa through, who beating Robles and Funes Mori, who both went to ground early, before shooting millimetres wide of the far post from a tight angle.

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Diego Costa can’t slot home from a tight angle. Image from: Ian Hodgson

In the 77th minute, the hosts punished them and went ahead. José Mourinho said that he let Lukaku go because he felt that the Belgian couldn’t link up play, however, the Toffees’ striker linked up well with Ross Barkley, beating three Chelsea players before turning Gary Cahill inside-out and then slotting home past Courtois. The Belgian showed Chelsea what they missed out on.

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Romelu Lukaku celebrates after wonderfully scoring against his former side. Image from: Reuters

Five minutes later, Lukaku got his second. Barkley found the Belgian, who was played onside by Kenedy, and he coolly slotted home through the legs of his compatriot.

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Romelu Lukaku gets his and Everton’s second of the game. Image from: Reuters

A minute later, matters got worse for the visitors. Costa let his frustrations out after he was fouled by Barry. The Brazilian-born striker put his head into Barry’s before appearing to bite the former Manchester City and Aston Villa man, before receiving a second yellow and his marching orders. Barry received a yellow for his involvement in the fray.

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However, the Toffees’ one man advantage lasted three minutes as Barry was dismissed after receiving a second yellow for a late challenge on Cesc Fàbregas.

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Gareth Barry receives his marching orders after a second yellow, making it ten against ten in the final minutes. Image from: Reuters

That was the last action of the match as the referee blew his whistle to send Everton into the Semi-finals of the FA Cup, whilst Chelsea bowed out from what was their last chance of getting any silverware this season.

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