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FA Cup

  • 17 March 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 38875

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    FULL-TIME! Bardsley's fantastic opener was cancelled out by Cahill's header in the first-half. Everton dominated the second period and will be disappointed that they didn't win the game. Both teams will have to do it all over again at The Stadium of Light. 1-1 is the final score.
  • 90' + 2'
    Sunderland just looking to see the game out now but win a free-kick on the Everton right near the touchline
  • 89'
    Everton throwing everything at Sunderland now but can't find any space in the box. There will be three added minutes
  • 87'
    Great double save from Minoglet. Heitinga's header is parried before Jelavic hits it straight at him
  • 86'
    Lovely piece of skill from Baines as he flicks the ball over Bardsley but his cross is blocked. Everton corner
  • 85'
    SubstitutionRoyston Drenthe Denis Stracqualursi
  • 85'
    Everton bring on Stracqualursi for Drenthe as they look to win the game in the last five minutes.
  • 83'
    Gueye finds Osman in the box but the midfielder can't quite control it and Mignolet gathers the ball
  • 80'
    Drenthe thought he had been fouled but it isn't given and Sunderland break. Bridge crosses and it is blocked. The last touch was off the Sunderland man and its a goal-kick
  • 78'
    Sunderland free-kick from Larsson on the left. Everton deal with it but Sunderland continue to press
  • 76'
    Sunderland seem to have seen off that Everton spell. They are getting the ball into the Everton half now although the game is becoming a bit scrappy again
  • 74'
    SubstitutionFraizer Campbell David Vaughan
  • 73'
    Everton trying to deliver the ball from too deep and it is easy to defend for Sunderland. The away side bring on David Vaughan in place of Campbell as they look to regain a foothold in midfield
  • 72'
    SubstitutionSeamus Coleman Magaye Gueye
  • 72'
    Everton are bringing off Seamus Coleman who has struggled to get into this game. Magaye Gueye replaces him and will play on the left. Drenthe moves to the right of midfield
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Michael Turner
  • 69'
    Turner booked for a foul on Jelavic. Identical to Distin's a minute or two ago. Free-kick Everton. The ball bounces to Jelavic but his header is weak and easily saved by Mignolet
  • 68'
    Good break from Everton. Drenthe sprays it wide to Fellaini who finds Baines. The ball goes to Osman but he over-hits his cross and it goes out for a goal-kick
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Sylvain Distin
  • 67'
    Distin booked for a foul on Campbell on the halfway line. A much-needed break for the Sunderland defence
  • 64'
    Fellaini fould by Bardsley on the Everton left. Free-kick is taken by Baines and headed a whisker over by Jelavic. Unlucky.
  • 63'
    Larsson free-kick from the left whipped in but dealt with by Jelavic. Everton break
  • 59'
    More pressure from the home team as Heitinga brings the ball out of defence and the ball stays in the Sunderland half. Everton starting to dominate the game but still can't find the final ball
  • 57'
    Corner by Osman finds Fellaini at the back post. He guide the ball down for Cahill but his shot is tame and straight at the Sunderland goalkeeper
  • 56'
    More neat passing by Everton. Cahill and Fellaini work it wide to Baines whose cross is headed away. Everton corner
  • 54'
    The ball breaks to Coleman on the right. He wriggles past Bridge and McClean but shoots wide when he might have pulled it back to a team-mate
  • 53'
    Better from the home side in the second half. They are keeping the ball much better through midfield but can't find the killer pass. Sunderland are still a threat on the break
  • 50'
    Fellaini finds Cahill who breaks forward and shoots with his left foot. Mignolet blocks and Turner clears
  • 49'
    Whipped in by Larsson but lands on the roof of the net. Another poor one by the Swede's usually very high standards
  • 48'
    Fellaini fouls McClean right by the corner flag on the left. Dangerous position for Sunderland's free-kick.
  • 47'
    Everton keeping the ball well early on in this second half. Patient and measured in midfield.
  • 45'
    Sunderland get us underway for this second half in a pulsating cup-tie. Let's hope it continues
  • 45' + 2'
    HALF-TIME! The teams go in level but Sunderland have had the better chances. The home team got into the game more as the half wore on. Great tempo and great atmosphere at Goodison Park. 1-1.
  • 45' + 2'
    McClean skips past Distin and Coleman on the left but his cross is put behind by Heitinga. Larsson's corner is headed away
  • 45'
    Nice passing by Everton across midfield. Neville plays it in to Osman who breaks forward but his shot is comfortable for Mignolet who catches it and sets Sunderland on the break again
  • 42'
    Drenthe with a fantastic free-kick from 30 yards. Whips it over the wall but hits the angle of bar and post and goes out of play. Very unlucky
  • 41'
    The game starting to even out now. The tempo is still very high and no-one is getting time to settle on the ball, causing it to turn a little scrappy in the middle
  • 38'
    Jelavic holds the ball up brilliantly and finds Drenthe on the left. His cross is blocked though and Sunderland break.
  • 35'
    Great header by Cahill from a Baines corner but Mignolet punches it away. It falls to Distin in the box but the centre-back can't get his shot on target
  • 32'
    Everton break. Cahill finds Jelavic with a good ball but the striker shoots wide from a tight angle
  • 31'
    Yellow Card John Heitinga
  • 31'
    Heitinga booked but is convinced that McClean dived.A quick break by Sunderland through the middle has won them a free-kick central, mid-way in the Everton half
  • 30'
    Everton corner. Taken short but it fizzles out. Bit of a waste by Everton but they are getting forward much more now
  • 28'
    Yellow Card Nicklas Bendtner
  • 28'
    Bendtner will be booked. It is the third foul by him on Neville in about three minutes. Needless foul. Everton right back in it now. Fellaini is seeing more of the ball and so is Coleman down the right
  • 26'
    Everton starting to see a little more of the ball in Sunderland's half now. They are also pressing better in midfield
  • 23'
    Goal Tim Cahill
    GOAL! Completely against the run of play Cahill scores. Drenthe found Baines on the left who delivered a great cross. Jelavic got his head to it and Cahill follows it in to flick it past Mignolet. 1-1.
  • 22'
    Everton still pinned back in their own half. Frustration from Drenthe as he fouls Bendter on the right to give Sunderland another chance to deliver. Poor this time from Larsson though and it goes out for a goal-kick
  • 19'
    Everton get the decision this time. Bardsley slightly late on Cahil just outside the box on the left hand side. Heitinga takes the free-kick but it goes harmlessly wide
  • 18'
    McClean heads over after a good delivery from Bardsley. Drenthe went to sleep and let the full-back cross with ease to create yet another Sunderland chance
  • 16'
    Fellaini gives it straight to Campbell outside the box. The striker plays it into McClean whose shot is blocked. Sunderland corner
  • 15'
    Sunderland fans in great voice as their team continue to dominate the possession. Everton are breaking sporadically, but are rarely getting out of their own half
  • 12'
    Goal Phil Bardsley
    GOAL! Another Sunderland free-kick. This time on the right touchline. They take it quickly and square it to Bardsley who scores from 25 yards, with a rocket of a shot.
  • 9'
    Yellow Card Phil Neville
  • 8'
    Drenthe wants a penalty after going down under challenge from Gardner. Nothing given. Sunderland break with McClean down the left and is blocked off by Neville. The Everton man receives the first yellow card
  • 7'
    Good start from Sunderland. They are knocking the ball around well and sustaining pressure on the Everton box. The home team can't quite get a hold of the ball yet
  • 5'
    McClean drops a shoulder and beats Coleman on the left. He gets to the byline and wins a corner
  • 3'
    Coleman finds space on the right after a slip by Bridge. The winger pulls a good cross back into the area but Osman can't quite get his head over it and it goes high and wide.
  • 3'
    Great delivery by Larsson, as usual, and McClean gets his head to the ball. It skims his head and drifts wide though.
  • 2'
    Campbell wins Sunderland a free-kick midway into the Everton half after a fould by Distin.
  • 1'
    Everton get us underway at Goodison Park
  • The teams come out to the famous Z Cars theme that is customary at Goodison. There is a rapturous atmosphere building and this should be a geat cup tie
  • David Moyes thinks it will be a tight game between these two form teams. Both managers desperate to get to a Wembley semi-final
  • Martin O'Neill tells ITV he is looking for "strength of character" today. He knows it will be a tough game and supports David Moyes' decision to rest several players in the Liverpool defeat.
  • A big boost for Sunderland, as Nicklas Bendtner has shaken off a knee injury to make the starting line-up. The Dane has scored in Sunderland's last two games and will be hoping to continue his run of form
  • Steven Pienaar is cup-tied for Everton, but they welcome back Tim Cahill, who sat out the defeat against Liverpool on Tuesday. Leon Osman, Royston Drenthe and Nikica Jelavic all start today as Everton look to continue their dominance over Sunderland at home.
  • Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge; Larsson, Gardner, Colback, McClean; Bendtner, Campbell Subs: Gordon, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Krygiakos, El Mohamady
  • Everton: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Osman, Coleman, Fellaini, Drenthe, Cahill; Jelavic Subs: Hahnemann, Hibbert, Jagielka, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Anichebe
  • Good Afternoon, and welcome to's coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Everton and Sunderland
  • Our man at Goodison Park, Sam Bisby: "Greetings from Merseyside and happy St Patrick’s Day, a day that goes down quite well in this part of the world. Today, Sunderland are facing a very much in-form Everton side, at home anyway. The Toffees are on a four-match winning streak at Goodison Park and haven’t shipped a goal in any of those fixtures. The Black Cats’ challenge is further toughened by the fact that Martin O’Neil’s men have not won here since David Moyes took over 10 years ago and have lost the last four, conceding 14 goals in the process."