Everton v Chelsea: The FA Cup; quarter-final


GT at 2016-03-12 20:32:29

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GT at 2016-03-12 20:31:30

As for our referees…Michael Oliver had an indifferent first half in which he let too much go unpunished but he certainly stepped up his game for the second half and made two big and correct calls.

Both red cards were absolutely spot-on.

Well done, referee.

He was well assisted by Lee Betts and Peter Kirkup, too.

The latter making a very good non-offside call for Lukaku’s second goal.

So…in the end a very good team performance in which all the big decisions were called correctly.

Well done fellas…you can drive home satisfied with your night’s work.

GT at 2016-03-12 20:28:06

In a game which lacked quality, action and goals in the first half, it certainly sprang into life after the break.

Lukaku haunted his former employers with two goals…the second one was quite outstanding.

Add to that two red cards (Costa and Barry) and everyone leaves feeling they have witnessed a ‘proper’ FA Cup tie.

Chelsea’s season is in danger of petering out with a whimper now as they look like having no chance of any silverware or even a top four finish in the Premier League.

whereas Everton…in a week which has seen them taken over by a rich benefactor, they are now off to Wembley for a semi-final.

All the talk of Martinez’s job being under pressure is nothing but a distant rumour now!

GT at 2016-03-12 20:23:15

And that’s the end, as the Everton fans celebrate making it to Wembley for the semi-final of The FA Cup

Full Time

93 minutes

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Everton make their final change as the hero Lukaku leaves the action for the new signing Niasse

91 minutes

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Ross Barkley makes way for  Muhamed Besic

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Terry is playing centre forward for Chelsea…and it shows as he is caught offside by Lee Betts!

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That#/’s the end of the 90 minutes…4 added minutes to go on

88 minutes

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Lennon comes off for John Stones as Everton look to seal this game

86 minutes

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And now it’s 10 v 10 as Barry stupidly kicks out at Fabregas.

His lack of pace was there for everyone to see, and he cynically stopped the Chelsea man with a kick.

Another deserved sending off.

Well done referee.

Yellow CardRed Card

GT at 2016-03-12 20:15:08

Costa was clearly fouled by Barry, and was always going to get the free kick – and a caution to Barry.

Quite why the Chelsea forward had to jump to his feet and stick his head into Barry’s face is a mystery.

Two deserved cautions…and a deserved red card for Costa (the first of his Chelsea career)

Well done Michael Oliver.

Good, strong refereeing

84 minutes

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Costa and Barry both see yellow following another clash…and that means red for Costa

Yellow CardYellow CardRed Card

GT at 2016-03-12 20:11:50

Peter Kirkup cokes under the spotlight as Chelsea appeal for offside against Lukaku, but the Everton man looked to be just level and the goal stands

82 minutes

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GOAL! it’s that man again!



GT at 2016-03-12 20:10:13

Chelsea have to go for it now, and bring on Remi for Matic

80 minutes

GT at 2016-03-12 20:09:42

Funes Mori is taken down by Cahill, and uses the opportunity to stay down and eat up valuable time

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But it comes to nothing and following a further foul he stops play and awards a free kick to the visitors

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Good advantage to Chelsea played by Oliver.

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The former Chelsea man rides challenge after challenge, dances his way into the penalty area and finishes low into the corner of the Chelsea goal.

Now Chelsea will have to come out and play…

Game on!

77 minutes

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What a goal by Lukaku


GT at 2016-03-12 20:03:36

Final 15 minutes to go…

72 minutes

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Chelsea make a change as Everton are beginning to take control.

Oscar replaces Willian.

68 minutes

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Willian is the latest player to be floored…free kick given, but wasted by Chelsea

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Oliver calls that one correctly too as he sees Pedro pull Jagielka to the ground

65 minutes

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Baines feels the full force of a challenge by Azpilicueta.

Lee Betts flags for a free kick, but Oliver correctly plays on.

The Chelsea man comes out of the challenge worse off…poor teamwork though, and I’m afraid it was caused by Lee Betts who called a foul when one was not there

61 minutes

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Caution for Fabregas who hits Barry on the knee with all 6 studs.

Poor challenge.

Yellow Card

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Coleman goes down holding his head following a clash with Costa.

Entirely accidental though as both players went for the header

GT at 2016-03-12 19:48:20

The opening hour of the game has passed, and there are gaps beginning to open up.

Will we get a goal though?

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GT at 2016-03-12 19:46:11

Here we go…

Coleman, Barry, Pedro and Barry all have a childish ‘spat’ at each other.

This is an underlying theme to the game, which is bubbling just below the surface at the moment.

I don’t feel it will take much for Costa to completely lose his cool, though

GT at 2016-03-12 19:44:22

But he then undoes that good work by missing a simple throw in decision.

Kirkup signals throw in to Everton despite the ball clearly coming off Lennon

54 minutes

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Excellent assistance from Peter Kirkup who spots a handball by Everton and flags for a free kick.

All on the ‘blind-side’ of his referee…that is good work by Peter.

GT at 2016-03-12 19:41:58

Oliver looks for an advantage after Cahill pulls back his man…nothing came for Everton so the referee brought play back for a free kick.

Good refereeing.

GT at 2016-03-12 19:40:40

…NO is the answer!!

51 minutes

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Oliver plays an advantage as Baines runs over Cahill…a foul which leaves the Chelsea man floored.

Will the referee return to deal with Baines when the ball goes out of play?

GT at 2016-03-12 19:37:54

Good spot by Michael as Cahill pushes over Lukaku.

Free kick to Everton

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Lee Betts starts the second half as he left the first…alert.

Good awareness to see the ball just goes out of play for a thrown in

GT at 2016-03-12 19:33:38

Here we go for the second half…Everton get us under way

GT at 2016-03-12 19:23:06

In a first half lacking in football quality, the only positive both sides can take is that they have not pulled away from full-blooded challenges.

As for our referee…he has let too much go for me, and needs to step up his recognition of the difference between careless and reckless challenges

GT at 2016-03-12 19:18:17

And the end of the opening period is upon us…

Just as Costa berates Peter Kirkup for not flagging a free kick in his favour

Half Time

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That’s the end of the opening 45 minutes…just 2 minutes to be added

43 minutes

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We enter the final couple of minutes from the opening 45 and Michael has a decision to make as Fabregas is floored yet again.

This time he does caution Jagielka for a wild swing at the ball, for which the Everton captain does apologise to the Chelsea playmaker

GT at 2016-03-12 19:09:46

The game is crying out for a goal as neither side appears willing to risk everything in search of a cup tie opener

36 minutes

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Good call again from Lee Betts who correctly indicates offside against Lennon.

34 minutes

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Pedro does the match officials a favour by not going to ground in the penalty area…

I wonder how many other players would have stayed on their feet or gone looking for a penalty?

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Good decision by Michael not to award a free kick to Chelsea as Kenedy goes in search of one following a challenge by Jagielka.

No free-kick…good call, referee

24 minutes

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Kenedy fouls AGAIN…this time the Brazilian is spoken to by Oliver…but that should have been a caution.

You’re too soft today, referee.

GT at 2016-03-12 18:53:36

A quarter of the game has passed and this one is going to test Michael Oliver

20 minutes

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Nothing wrong with that challenge by Jagielka on Costa…but it was very strong and will do nothing to calm down the Chelsea hitman

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Kenedy goes straight throughColeman but, inexplicably, escapes a caution.

Michael…you are in danger of losing this game.

Come on…toughen up and improve your foul recognition.

15 minutes

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It’s getting very feisty as Coleman puts in a very hard, but fair, challenge on Pedro which leaves the Chelsea man in need of treatment

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Barry is walking a tightrope here as he puts in yet another foul.

Come on Michael, don’t let the Everton number 18 run the game for you

GT at 2016-03-12 18:42:38

Michael needs to reflect on that passage of play and ask himself if he contributed in any way to that yellow card for Costa.

10 minutes

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…and what happens?

The fiery Chelsea man takes the law into his own hands and immediately takes out his form of natural justice on Barry.

The result?

A caution for Costa Yellow Card

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Costa is very upset at Gareth Barry’s foul…he takes particular anger from referee Oliver not even speaking to the Everton man

7 minutes

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César Azpilicueta cynically brings Leighton Baines to the ground and is fortunate to escape with just a free lick against him.

Not even a public rebuke from referee Oliver.

4 minutes

GT at 2016-03-12 18:36:38

Excellent advantage attempted by Michael Oliver…good to see a confident referee prepared to look for advantage so early in a game

2 minutes

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Lee Betts makes an early call for offside against the home side.

Good decision, Lee…

From experience, I can tell you those Everton supporters behind him will not be congratulating him on his accuracy though!

GT at 2016-03-12 18:32:06

Everton make the early break and get a shot on target after just 40 seconds.

Easily held by the ‘keeper though

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Chelsea take the kick-off and get us underway…

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It’s almost time for kick-off at Goodison Park.

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As for our officials today…

Michael Oliver takes centre stage in this crucial cup encounter.

At 25 years of age, Michael was the youngest ever referee to take control of a top flight game back in 2010.

That was, nonetheless, six years ago yet the Northumberland whistler continues to be lauded as a ‘prospect’, even at 31 years of age.

Yes, like all referees, Michael will continue to learn until the day he hangs up his whistle, but it is time he lived up to his billing as a top referee, rather than one ‘with potential.’

Many years and many games have passed since that game between Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers, and Michael has to prove his worth as a tried and trusted referee who holds a coveted FIFA badge.

Lee Betts and Peter Kirkup run the lines today for Michael, and they can help fulfil his dream of refereeing The FA Cup Final by also putting in performances worthy of their appointments.

The referee for the final tie usually comes from those appointed at this stage of the competition, so the entire team – including fourth official Craig Pawson – has a role to play today.

Everyone at YATR wishes you the very best of luck, boys…may the ball run very kindly for you.

Don’t go anywhere…follow the big match here on YATR.

This should be a fascinating clash officiated at the very highest level.

at 2016-03-12 18:07:02

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second of today’s live Refcam commentary games.

Following the earlier Premier League clash between Norwich and Manchester City, we are now delighted to bring to you Everton v Chelsea, who face each other in this FA Cup quarter final tie.

These two clubs have already met twice in the Premier League this season, with no fewer than TEN goals being scored.

Following a 3-1 win for The Toffees in September, they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in January.

However, Everton continue to blow hot-and-cold this season.

When they are hot, they are virtually unstoppable, but they can then throw in a performance which nobody saw coming like last week’s defeat at home to West Ham United after having taken a two-goal lead.

And it is that inconsistency which sees The FA Cup as their last hope of silverware this campaign.

Chelsea are on something of a revival of fortunes since Guus Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho at the helm.

Although their midweek ‘spanking’ at home to PSG in the UEFA Champions League also makes The FA Cup their only realistic chance of lifting silverware too.

With the injuries to crucial players picked up in that game, their task has been made all the more difficult.

So, this game is set-up perfectly…

Ten goals in two previous games.

Both teams needing to win a trophy, with this trophy being their best chance.

But, how will it go?

What do you think?

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