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The FA Cup Story 2016: Semi-Finals

20 May 2016


FA Cup Semi-Finals - 4 teams remaining.

PALACE'S PATH
Sunday 24th April
Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

Connor Wickham’s header ensured that the Eagles would face Manchester United in a 1990 repeat as Palace once again got the better of Watford at Wembley.

Yannick Bolasie eased any early nerves by heading home in just the sixth minute to score on his first appearance at the venue he grew up down the road from, but Troy Deeney would be the next to get his head to a corner on 55 minutes.

But soon after Wickham used all his aerial prowess to head in high cross from Pape Souare and put his side back in front, ultimately setting up a return to the national stadium and giving Alan Pardew a chance of revenge 26 years after last meeting the Red Devils at Wembley. 


UNITED'S ROUTE
Saturday 23rd April
Manchester United 2-1 Everton

Anthony Martial's injury-time winner sent Manchester United into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final with victory over Everton at Wembley.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range - but they were then indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku's 57th-minute penalty.

Everton rallied after a passive first 45 minutes that saw them jeered off at half-time and they drew level with 15 minutes left when Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

As the game looked destined for extra-time, Ander Herrera's poked pass sent Martial clear and the striker showed great composure to drill a low finish past Everton keeper Joel Robles.


PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVORS
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

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