The two sides will meet again at the Stadium of Light after a pulsating cup tie, with the Toffees unable to find a winner thanks to the impressive Simon Mignolet
Phil Bardsley had opened the scoring for the Wearsides before Tim Cahill’s opportunist’s strike restored partity for the Toffees.
The home side bombarded Simon Mignolet’s goal but were unable to produce a winner thanks to some fine saves from the Belgian.
A ferocious atmosphere at Goddison Park was treated to a similarly heated start, with both Osman and James McClean coming close in the first three minutes, but both headers were steered off target.
Referee Andre Marriner was in the thick of the action early on, first turning down Everton appeals for a penalty after Drenthe was upended by Craig Gardner, and then awarding Sunderland a free-kick for what seemed a fair challenge from Leighton Baines.
From the resulting freekick, Jack Colback opted to play the ball short to an unmarked Bardsley, who unleashed a thunderbolt that flashed past Tim Howard before nestling in the corner of the American’s net, sending the 6,000 traveling Macams into raptures.
Chants of ‘we’re all going to Wembley’ from the Sunderland fans were soon extinguished by the home side as they hit back immediately.
Good work from Drenthe down the Everton left allowed Leighton Baines time to measure a cross. The England international picked out Jelvaic who nodded his effort towards goals, only for Cahill to instinctively divert the ball past a helpless Mignolet.
Having notched his eighth career goal against the Wearsides, Cahill threatened to grab his ninth just ten minutes before the break.
From a Baines corner, the Australian produced a trademark leap to tower above Michael Turner, but his header was well saved by Mignolet under pressure from Heitinga.
The home side again came close to taking the lead as Drenthe’s freekick clipped the woodwork on its way over, but O’Neill’s men survived the onslaught and entered a well-earned break on level terms.
Everton began the second half as it had ended the first, with Mignolet twice preventing Cahill from doubling his afternoon’s account.
As the visitors offered little in response, Moyes’ men continued their relentless assault on the Sunderland goal, with Jelavic again dominating in the air but seeing his header land agonisingly on top of Mignolet’s goal.
Substitutions from both managers disrupted the flow of play a little, as the game threatened to linger harmlessly towards a draw, with both sets of players seemingly paying for a frantic first-half of football.
With just five minutes to play David Moyes had one last roll of the Everton dice, introducing the ever-productive Denis Stracqualursi.
It was, however, his strike partner Jelavic who almost had the last word, as Mignolet produced a stunning save from Johnny Heitinga’s header before jumping to his feet to deny the Croatia international.
The two teams will now have meet again at the Stadium of Light to decide who will appear at Wembley.Follow GOAL.COM USA on