The FA cup Quarter Finalists met this weekend. The competition is really hotting up now with only two games separating teams from a trip to Wembley. Despite the high contingent of non premier league teams in the previous round only Leicester City manage to make it through the previous round after crippling a poor Norwich City side at Carrow Road.
Everton 1-1 Sunderland
With Sunderlands introduction of Martin O’ Neill the tyneside club have enjoyed a very successful run of form in the past month. Despite a 4-0 loss to West Brom Sunderland look strong. David Moyes and his Everton team whilst standing in a healthy mid table position in the Premier League have looked solid these past few months. Moyes also celebrated ten years at Everton this week.
Phil Barsley gave Sunderland the lead early on in the game with a well taken free kick. However Everton’s equaliser with a headed goal by Tim Cahill set the tone of the rest of the match. Everton really lead the game and would feel unlucky not to score the winner after a Drethe shot hit the crossbar and Everton were denied an obvious penalty forcing a replay on March 27th
Tottenham A Bolton (Abandoned after 41 minutes due to serious injury)
You have to acknowledge sometimes that certain events are far more important than football. Tottenham Vs Bolton was abandoned after 41 minutes due to Fabrice Muamba collapsing in the middle of the pitch. His condition was not said to be due to any other player and shortly after his collapse an army of paramedics rushed onto the pitch. He was taken away in an ambulance and his heart stopped. Everyone at The Met Online wishes him a speedy recovery and our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.
Chelsea 5-2 Leicester
After Chelsea’s new manager Roberto di Matteo has taken over things have changed at the london club. Everything seems much more positive and after their Europa League exit midweek Chelsea were firm favourites for the match. Leicester go into the match with nothing to lose after they beat premier league opposition in the previous round. Coming fresh from a 3-1 win against Birmingham Leicester remained quietly confident.
Fernando Torres stunned all by ending his long goal drought with a brace at Stanford Bridge. Despite Leicester’s late push Chelsea dominated and claimed their place in the semi finals.
Liverpool 2-1 Stoke
Liverpool go into the match full of confidence after their recent win of the League Cup and after an Gerard Hat-trick secured them a 3-0 win against Everton in the premiership midweek. Stoke go into the match less confident losing against Chelsea last week and the fact Stoke have not won at Anfield for 53 years.
In a hotly contested tie Downing’s goal was the decider to a game that could be thought of as a war of attrition. Stoke equalised after an early Suarez goal with a Peter Crouch header. Despite early promise Stoke were slowly losing the war and succumbed to Downing’s shot powerfully hit home. Stoke will have to wait for that fabled win at Anfield.
Tottenham or Bolton v Chelsea
Liverpool v Everton or Sunderland
The Met Online ‘FA cup review’ feature will be with you next after the semi-finals on 14th April 2012