Monday, May 20

Crystal Palace storm into FA Cup semis with a 4-0 rout of Everton

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says the club is enjoying an “exciting period” after booking their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a dominant 4-0 win over Everton at Selhurst Park.

According to the BBC, first-half goals from Marc Guehi and Jean-Philippe Mateta put them in full control before Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes secured the win, as the hosts’ verve and attacking purpose overpowered a poor Toffees side on Sunday.

“Going to Wembley is fantastic,” Vieira told ITV after the game. “You can hear the atmosphere in the stadium, the fans; this is what they wanted and we wanted to give it to them.

“They’ve been fantastic in getting behind the team. It is just a step forward; there is a long way to go. This is an exciting period for us, we will enjoy it and we will enjoy today.”

Such a heavy defeat for Everton looked unlikely as they made a ferocious start, almost taking the lead inside the first minute through Michael Keane before Richarlison tangled with Guehi but was ruled to be offside.

Vieira admitted his side were under pressure from the start, but said not conceding an early goal was key to the result.

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