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Everton Sets Up F.A. Cup Semifinal Against Liverpool; Spurs Win

March 27, 2012

Everton player Nikica Jelavic celebrates the second Everton goal during the FA Cup Sixth Round Replay between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Photographer: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everton player Nikica Jelavic celebrates the second Everton goal during the FA Cup Sixth Round Replay between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Photographer: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everton beat Sunderland 2-0 to advance to a semifinal against city rival Liverpool in English soccer’s F.A. Cup, while Tottenham beat Bolton 3-1 in their rearranged quarterfinal.

A Nikica Jelavic strike and own goal by David Vaughan at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light sent Everton to an April 14 meeting with Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London. Last night’s match was replayed following a 1-1 draw on March 17.

Ryan Nelsen, Gareth Bale and Louis Saha scored as Tottenham won at White Hart Lane in London. The original match was abandoned 11 days ago after Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the field in the first half.

“We knew emotionally it would be difficult for all our players,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle told his club’s website. “The lads carried on true to the spirit and unity we have in our football club. We’ll regroup over the next couple of days.”

Bolton said in a statement two days ago that Muamba, 23, is making “encouraging progress” in his recovery at The London Chest Hospital, where he remains in intensive care in a “serious but stable” condition.

Tottenham will face Chelsea in an all-London semifinal at Wembley on April 15. The final is scheduled for May 5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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