Player ratings, analyzes and highlights as the Eagles soar into the FA Cup semifinals


Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton (Guehi 25 ′, Mateta 41 ′, Zaha 79 ′, Hughes 87 ′)

Two leaders who had each won FA Cups four times as players enjoyed wildly contrasting fortunes like Crystal Palace reached their first semifinal since 2016. Patrick Vieras Palace overcame a slow start on the steamroller Frank Lampards Everton and book their place at Wembley.

Everton started as if the adrenaline was still flowing from Thursday’s add-on victory over Newcastle, but as soon as Palace were able to get to the shaken defense, the match was over. Gloomy defense allowed Marc Guehi to celebrate his call from England with the opening goal after 25 minutes. Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled their lead before the break and then it was a stroll in the Selhurst sunshine for Palace as Wilfried Zaha and Will Hughes added further goals.

But Everton could have been ahead in the first minutes. Michael Keane fired a shot across goal with Ben Godfrey just unable to reach the ball at the far post, and Guehi appeared to stumble Richarlison as he tried to make amends for his own embezzled return. The Brazilian proved a handful, and when he went down again in the penalty area, Guehi probably breathed a sigh of relief when he saw a flag hoisted for offside.

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Palace seemed surprised by Everton’s intensity and for a period they struggled to get two passes together. Even the departure of former Palace winger Andros Townsend after landing heavily on his ankle in the 15th minute did not seem to disturb their rhythm.

However, the visitors’ central defense should have had no trouble clearing the pass to Palace, but the ball bounced off the post to safety Guehi. He chased what looked like a lost cause to win a corner that he himself took. He tested Jordan Pickford with his first, swing, effort and dropped his second on the six-yard line, with Guehi strolling undefeated between defenders to head in.

Wilfried Zaha should probably have put his team up another goal after 33 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by Mateta kept the visitors in the game. But when Palace produced a mirror image of the movement after 41 minutes, it paid off. Zaha, fed by Eberechi Eze, whipped the ball over and Mateta pushed the ball past Pickford.

Alarming holes now opened up in the Everton full-back, and only one last challenge from Keane prevented Mateta from scoring three. Lampard threw at Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the second half, but without success.

Palace, on the other hand, could not do anything wrong. The crowd laughed as Olise’s shot from Zaha’s pass flew up his boot, but the ball fell over Pickford, from the post and into the pitch for Zaha, who knocked into the third. Hughes added a fourth after Pickford parried Conor Gallagher’s volley.

Marc Guehi marks the perfect week

By Oliver Young-Myles

Without wanting to go full Craig David, it has been some seven days for Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi.

On Monday, he provided a clean sheet for the Eagles against Manchester City, a result that was celebrated just as much in Liverpool as it was on the Holmesdale Road terraces. On Thursday, he received his maiden call for England’s senior squad for matches against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, his native country. And then on Sunday he put Palace on the road to an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley by opening the scoring against Everton.

Palace took a calculated risk when he made Guehi their third most expensive signing in history last summer. The 18-million-pound defender had as solid a football education as a young player could reasonably ask for, winning titles with Chelsea and England at the youth level before learning on the job with Swansea City in the Championship. But prior to this season, he had never kicked a ball in the Premier League.

However, it is a venture that has paid off nicely for the club and manager Patrick Vieira, where Guehi established a solid collaboration with Joachim Andersen and emerged as one of the best forward-rushing central defenders in English football. That Vieira has given him the captaincy in recent weeks is proof of his maturity and leadership qualities.

With Harry Maguire fighting for form and John Stones in minutes, Gareth Southgate, once himself one of the main players in a Palace back-four, will keep a close eye on Guehi’s progress in the build-up to the Qatar World Cup this winter. .

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Player ratings

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1)

  • Butland – 6
  • Clyne – 6
  • Andersen – 7
  • Guehi – 7
  • Mitchell – 6
  • Gallagher – 6
  • Kouyate – 7
  • Olise – 9
  • Eze – 8
  • Zaha – 6
  • Mateta – 7

Subs:

  • Milivojevic – 6
  • Edouard – 6
  • Hughes – 7

Everton (5-4-1)

  • Pickford – 6
  • Coleman – 6
  • Holgate – 5
  • Keane – 5
  • Godfrey – 6
  • Kenny – 6
  • Gordon – 7
  • Doucoure – 5
  • Gomes – 6
  • Townsend – 6
  • Richarlison – 7

Subs:

  • Gray – 6
  • Calvert-Lewin – 6
  • Iwobi – 6

England and France compete for the talented Palace star Michael Olise

by Sam Cunningham, Ichief football correspondent

England facing a fight with France to retain the services of highly regarded attacking midfielder Michael Olise.

The Crystal Palace player was born in England but qualifies to play for France through his French-Algerian mother and has even courted interest from Nigeria where his father was born.

Olise, 20, first chose to play for France under 18 while in the books at Reading, and this week he accepted a first call for their under 21s.

England manager Gareth Southgate, who came through Palace’s academy and played more than 150 games for the South London club, would like Olise to commit to England, but is aware the player could still choose France.

Olise will not be tied to a country until he plays in a competitive senior match. But it does not appear that manager Vieira, a former French legend who won a World Cup and a European Championship with the national team, has influenced any decision.

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