A Romelu Lukaku brace helped Everton eliminate his former club Chelsea from the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park on Saturday. Neither team was able to find a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes as the half ended goalless. There were very few clear cut chances for either side.
For the hosts it was a Tom Cleverley strike in the opening 40 seconds that tested Thibaut Courtois and up the other end it was a Kenedy chance that hit the crossbar that was the Blues’ first real shot at goal. In the second stanza both sides came close to taking the lead with the hosts having two bites at the cherry through Funes Mori who headed his attempt on to the roof of the net and Ross Barkley who sent his shot just wide of the post. Their breakthrough did come in the 78th minute when Lukaku held off two players and used his power to make his way into the area firing straight at the bottom corner to take a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes later their lead and the Belgian’s goal tally on the night was doubled as the former Stamford Bridge player beat the offside trap and held his nerve to send one through Courtois’ legs towards goal. In the closing stages of the match some ill discipline crept in and both sides lost a player each to a red card as a result of receiving a second yellow of the match. For the Toffees it was Gareth Barry for a rash tackle and Diego Costa was sent off for the Londoners after appearing to sink his teeth into his opponent.
Despite the late drama Roberto Martinez’s men held on to their lead and ran out 2-0 victors to advance to the semi-finals knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup in the process.