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March 9, 2013
• 7:45 AM
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 35068
M. Figueroa 30'
C. McManaman 31'
Jordi Gómez 33'
That's just about it from me, Adam Mazrani, thanks for reading and make sure you stick with Goal.com UK for the rest of the weekend's football coverage.
The boos ring out at Goodison Park as the final whistle blows. Humiliation for Everton as Wigan's brutal first-half showing gives them a 3-0 win and a place in the FA Cup semi finals for the first time in their history, a feat that you have to say is thoroughly deserved.
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One final flurry for Everton but when Baines can't strike a ball sweetly you know it's not going to be your day. The former Wigan completely slashes at the ball and misses the target by miles when well placed. That might just be that.
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Wigan have been almost as impressive in this second half as they were in the first. They may not have scored but their total control of the match despite not having as much of the ball as Everton has been highly impressive.
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It's really not Everton's day. Osman collects a cross well enough and produces a half-volley that brings a good save out of Robles. The rebound is pushed out for Seamus Coleman to head into an unguarded net but the Irishman instead plants his effort wide. That just about sums up Everton's day.
Kone collects a long pass quite brilliantly, flicking it around the corner and leaving him with a footrace with Distin. However, the Everton defender just has a head start and can reach the ball before the Ivorian. Four minutes of added time here and Wigan can start dreaming of Wembley.
Goodison Park is slowly emptying and the atmosphere here is almost funeral-like. This has been a dark day for Everton.
Yellow Card Darron Gibson
Everton look out of puff. It's been a quite astonishing showing from them today. Were they perhaps a little too complacent in thinking they would just bowl Wigan over on their way to the semi finals? David Moyes' team selection certainly didn't suggest so. Take nothing away from Wigan however, who have been superb.
Ross Barkley has just passed up Everton's best chance of the second half. For the first time today Alcaraz makes a mistake as he lets a routine cross slip underneath his foot on the edge of the box. The ball eventually finds Barkley who strikes first-time. However, the youngster cuts across it just a little too much and it swings wide of goal. That was only a half-chance and it's the best chance Everton have had since Distin's early sitter, which says it all really.
The Wigan supporters are singing about going to Wembley and quite rightly so. It will be the first time they have graced the national stadium since a play-off final against Gillingham in 2000. It's been quite a remarkable rise for the Latics.
Ross Barkley has been brought on for Everton and that really does represent the last throw of the dice by David Moyes. He will be more disappointed than anyone at his side's quite pathetic first-half showing. Will today have any bearing on the decision he will surely make in the summer on whether to extend his stay at the club?
Wigan have been excellent all over the park today - from Alcaraz and Scharner at the back to McCarthy and Maloney in midfield to Kone up front. This represents an extremely polished job well done by Roberto Martinez.
Everton have the ball in the net when Kevin Mirallas runs in on goal and coolly slots past Robles. However, the Belgian is quite rightly pulled up by an offside flag. Just over 15 minutes to go now and you have to stay Wigan can now be almost certain of a place in the last four.
With Miyaichi off the field with an ankle injury, Everton look to take advantage and unsurprisingly it's Baines who is the driving force against his former club. However, the England left-back's cross-cum-shot is too close to the goalkeeper. Miyaichi has been replaced by James McArthur.
You've got to question why Fellaini has been taken off if Everton are going to continue to play looping long balls into the box. He's the sort of man who could make something out of it. Jelavic on the other hand is unlikely to, not in the sort of form he's been in recently.
Fellaini has just been subbed after an astonishingly poor showing and the reception he gets from the home fans is icy to say the least. Is that the sort of "support" that is likely to convince the Belgian to stay at the club beyond the end of this season? Darron Gibson is on his place.
Wigan miss a chance to kill matters here. Again, it's simple but clever passing that sets Beausejour clear but with players to aim for in the middle, can only find the boot of Seamus Coleman. From the corner, Maynor Figueroa finds the space to strike at goal but it's straight at Mucha. The Everton fans are in a rage again and you can hardly blame them.
Alcaraz has been a commanding presence at the heart of Wigan's defence today. It's unbelievable to think this is first start for the club in six months. One wonders just where the Latics would be in the table if the Paraguayan had been able to stay fit.
Not much happening out there really. Everton are trying but their play today just lacks that little bit quality. Wigan are cruising towards Wembley at this rate.
Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
The home fans are just beginning to turn again and it's beginning to show in Everton's play. The Toffees look to seriously lack confidence without the support of their supporters and you can see that today. Wigan look comfortable both in and out of possession.
Wigan just appear to have steadied matters here. Every minute that passes is a minute closer to their first ever appearance in the last four of the FA Cup.
Baines is at the heart of everything good about Everton in these early stages of the second half and he carves out an opportunity for Fellaini deep inside the Wigan box. However, the Belgian just doesn't have the space to swivel and shoot and so the chance is crowded out.
Yellow Card Shaun Maloney
Better from Everton as first Baines cracks a free kick from a considerable distance, albeit straight at the goalkeeper before Fellaini reacts first to a dropping ball and dips a volley just wide of the post. The Goodison Park crowd are encouraged and it's certainly looking more promising for the hosts.
The fans are certainly behind Everton in the opening moments of this second half. How long will they stay with them for if the scoreline stays the same?
Everton kick us off and immediately go long to Anichebe, that could be a real feature of this next 45 minutes of football.
Only minutes to go until we get started again at Goodison Park. Can Everton possibly get back into this? You'd think they need a goal within the first 15 minutes. Victor Anichebe is coming on for Phil Neville - a smart move by David Moyes I think. His side need goals.
Roberto Martinez will surely be stressing to his players just how well they've played in that last 45 minutes. However, as dominant as they've been, you just get the feeling that matters aren't quite done at Goodison Park, which is exactly what David Moyes will be telling his Everton team. That's after he's finished rollocking them for a quite atrocious first-half performance.
Boos ring out as the half-time whistle blows and Everton have a lot of work to do if they are to salvage any hope of winning the FA Cup this season. They're 3-0 down at home to Wigan, who have been excellent, and in all honesty, it could have been a lot worse.
Three minutes of stoppage time here. Wigan don't want this half to end. Everton on the other hand probably can't wait to get it over with.
This has been total domination for Wigan and total humiliation for Everton. The Latics go close again when a wicked Shaun Maloney free kick arches it's way towards the top corner only to be denied by a fingertip save from Mucha.
There was that chance for the fourth! A lovely cross from Miyaichi is flicked on by Scharner's right boot and for a moment it looks like it might just be dropping in. However, it doesn't and Everton are able to clear.
Yellow Card Leon Osman
Fellaini has just had a shocking couple of touches, almost lazily gifting possession to the visitors with two nonchalant back-flicks that have brought serious ire from the home fans. At the moment, a fourth goal for Wigan is looking the more likely prospect before half-time than a goal back for the hosts.
Yellow Card Phil Neville
Every failed Everton attack brings outrage from the home fans. They simply cannot believe what is happening here. Wigan probably can't either. Their 3-0 lead has been tempered somewhat by an injury to the impressive McManaman. Ryo Miyaichi is on in his place.
The home fans are incredulous here. There's a lot of booing. Phil Neville in particular is getting a lot of the stick. The atmosphere is all rather toxic and Wigan are loving every second of it. Some Everton fans have even headed for the exits. This has been a quite unbelievable half of football.
Assist Arouna Kone
Goal Jordi Gómez
GOAL!!! Everton 0-3 Wigan (Gomez)!!! This is incredible. Wigan have scored three goals in three minutes and you have to say it's a thoroughly deserved lead. Everton look shell-shocked and Maloney is allowed too much freedom to find Gomez on the edge of the box, who casually strokes it beyond Mucha for a third.
Goal Callum McManaman
GOAL!!! Everton 0-2 Wigan (McManaman)! Now the scoreline really is a true reflection of the first half here. Phil Neville is at fault when he fails to find Pienaar with a simple pass in the middle of the park. Wigan are onto it in a flash and Callum McManaman, who tortured Huddersfield in the last 16, races onto it and coolly slots past Jan Mucha.
Assist Jordi Gómez
Goal Maynor Figueroa
GOAL! Everton 0-1 Wigan (Figueroa)! At last, the goal that Wigan have deserved for their excellent start to proceedings here at Goodison Park. Jordi Gomez's corner is whipped in and causes all sorts of problems for the Everton defence, leaving Maynor Figueroa free to nod into the back of the net. It's no less than the visitors have deserved.
What an effort from James McCarthy! A Wigan free kick is cleared out to the Irishman, who takes a touch, sets himself and unleashes a cracking half-volley that brings a superb save out of Jan Mucha. Wigan getting closer!
The Everton fans and players are getting thoroughly annoyed the Wigan goalkeeper's placing of a ball for a free kick. To me, that's a reflection on the home side's poor start to the match rather than anything else.
A shot from Phil Neville! Stop the press! Everton produce their best combination play of the match with some gorgeous inter-play between Pienaar and Baines seeing a blocked shot forced out to the veteran former Manchester United player. With cries of "shoot" all around the ground, Neville sets himself and actually produces a decent effort that fizzes wide of the post.
Wigan were unlucky there. The visitors take advantage of some sloppy Everton passing and think they've set Kone racing clear with only the keeper to beat. However, the Ivorian is pulled back for by an offside card that has absolutely infuriated him. He has a case too, it looks like he began his run inside his own half.
Finally Everton threaten and rather surprisingly considering the form he's been in, it's Jelavic who forces a save out of the Wigan goalkeeper. The Croatian collects a routine pass from Pienaar well enough but in a flash turns his marker and cracks a shot that brings a decent save from the well-placed Robles. Better from the home side.
Wigan with yet another chance and yet again it's Maloney at the heart of things. The former Celtic and Aston Villa man takes advantage of an untimely slip from Seamus Coleman to race to the edge of the box and deliver a teasing cross that Arouna Kone heads over the bar. He could have done better there, the Ivorian.
Bit of confusion there and Wigan could look to take advantage of that on future corners as Antolin Alcaraz almost bulldozes his way past an unaware Distin. The home side are looking decidedly shaky at the moment and need to get Marouane Fellaini in the game more.
Wigan are dominating here and Everton just have no answer at the moment. The Latics' midfield play in particular has been quite superb and their passing has been far too quick for Phil Neville and Leon Osman in the middle of the park for the Toffees. David Moyes will be concerned.
Off the post! Wigan so close to the opener that would have been oh so deserved with a quite superb effort from Shaun Maloney. The visitors pass around the Everton midfield and set the Scotland international racing clear on the left. He impishly steps inside and curls a delicious effort that has Jan Mucha beaten all ends up. However, it smacks against the post and rolls across the goal-line to safety. So close but brilliant play but from the away side.
It's been a quiet start to say the least from Everton. The home fans have been vocal in their support but in truth they've had little to cheer bar that Distin chance. Nikica Jelavic in particular looks really out of form.
When Wigan get the ball down and play they really can be quite attractive. Some enterprising passing sees Jean Beausejour set clear on the left-wing only for his cross to be over-hit. Everton can't afford to let the Chilean have too many more attempts, he can really be quite deadly with his delivery at times.
Goodison Park is up in arms because referee Kevin Friend has stopped an Everton attack in full flow for a head injury to Paul Scharner. Bit harsh if you ask me, the Austrian took the ball full in the face - that must have hurt!
Everton so close to the opener! The home side cleverly work a corner that results in a whipped cross by Kevin Mirallas. Wigan just can't deal with it and the ball finds the head of an unmarked Sylvain Distin. However, the French defender directs his header inches wide of the right-hand post.
We're underway here and Wigan have made a positive start, already threatening the Everton box through Kone. Let's not forget that if the visitors win they will record their first ever place in the semi finals of the FA Cup.
The players are out and we're just about ready to get started at Goodison Park. Everton are massive favourites to progress here. Surely complacency is their only possible hindrance here? Having said that, we've seen that on their day, Wigan are capable of beating anyone and if Arouna Kone is on form, then the Latics are more than capable of causing problems for the home side.
Roberto Martinez certainly appears to be prioritising Premier League survival with his team selection. Regular goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi drops to the bench while the likes of Jordi Gomez and Callum McManaman are given starts ahead of Franco Di Santo and James McArthur respectively. Antolin Alcaraz is given a first start in central defence after nearly six months out with a groin problem - the Paraguayan has been sorely missed at the heart of Wigan's back line.
Wigan: Wigan: Robles, Scharner, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour, McManaman, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Al Habsi, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Stam, Golobart, Miyaichi.
So Everton have lined up pretty much as expected although it's a surprise that Phil Neville starts ahead of Darron Gibson in the middle of the park. Perhaps David Moyes feels that the experience of the club captain is more necessary as the Toffees seek their second consecutive FA Cup semi-final place.
The Everton team: Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Springthorpe, Gibson, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Anichebe, Duffy.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com UK's play-by-play coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final clash between Everton and Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park. Unfortunately on this Saturday afternoon, you'll have to deal with me, Adam Mazrani, for the next couple of hours as I take you through proceedings. Let's hope we're in for a cracker!
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