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FA Cup results: Everton edge out Spurs in 9 goal thriller

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton booked a place in the quarter-finals of this season’s FA cup after emerging victorious in what was a downpour of goals at Merseyside on Wednesday night.

Both teams named a strong side as they looked to move a step closer to winning a major trophy in several years, with Everton starting key players such as Richarlison, Calvert Lewin, Doucore, Digne and Michael Keane .

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On the part of Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspurs, Harry Kane was rested after he returned from injury to help them secure a win at the weekend. His place was taken by Son alongside other experienced players such as Bergwjn, Ndombele, Hojbjerg and Alderweireld.

Davinson Sanchez who replaced Eric Dier in defense opened the scoring for Spurs in the third minute from a set piece but Everton saved the best for the latter part of the first half as they scored thrice in the last nine minutes to lead before the break.

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Dominic Calvert Lewin equalized in the 36th minute before Richarlison made it 2-1 for the host in the 38th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson then converted from the spot kick to put Ancelotti’s men in a comfortable position but Erik Lamela’s late goal gave Spurs hope for the second half.

After the break, Sanchez grabbed his second of the night to put his side on level terms in the 57th minute before Richarlison made it 4-3 for Everton in the 68th minute.

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Harry  Kane came on to equalize for Spurs and send the game to extra time where Bernard netted in the 97th minute to help Everton advance into the next round of the competition.

The defeat was a huge blow for Spurs who were looking to win the trophy this season, but even more troubling for Jose Mourinho was how side defended against the Everton team.

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“I enjoyed it, and I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed the way we played when we had the ball, from the first minute, immediately, Jose Mourinho said after the game. We scored four goals and four goals was not enough.

“If it hurts me [the lack of defending], it hurts everyone from our team because the feeling is that we played really well, when we had the ball we were brave, we created. We were the best team winning 1-0, and certainly in five minutes, there was, boom, boom, boom, mistake, mistake, mistake, goal, goal, goal.

“We fight back, we fight back again and there were more mistakes as we fight back again and that was, that was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our defensive mistakes, and the cat was us trying to compensate that very well and it’s a lot of effort.”

FA cup 5th round results

In the other results, Manchester City secured qualification into the next round after they defeated Swansea on Wednesday night while Leicester City secured a 1-0 victory over Brighton at the King Power Stadium.

Below are the results:

Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth (Tuesday)

Man United 1-0 West Ham (Tuesday)

Swansea 1-3 Man City (Wednesday)

Leicester City 1-0 Brighton (Wednesday)

Sheffield United 1-0 Bristol City (Wednesday)

Everton 5-4  Tottenham Hotspurs (Wednesday)

Today’s FA cup fixtures

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will have his first taste of the FA cup when he faces Barnsley tonight, with a place for the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Both sides met earlier in the season, with Kai Havertz’s first professional hat-trick propelling the Blues to a 6-0 win.

Tuchel has already confirmed that Nogolo Kante and Hakim Ziyech will be starting for Chelsea, and will be hoping that his side can do the double over tonight’s opponent and book a place in the next round.

There is also an all-Premier league clash when Wolves take on Southampton at the Molineux stadium.

Wolves vs Southampton (5:30pm)

Barnsley vs Chelsea (8:00pm)

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