Bernard extra-time winner help Everton reach FA Cup quarter-final

Bernard struck an extra-time winner as Everton sensationally beat Tottenham 5-4 to reach the FA Cup quarter finals following a rip-roaring tie at Goodison Park.

The Brazilian came off the bench to make a crucial impact with a 97th-minute volley after Tottenham had taken the contest beyond 90 minutes by hitting back from 3-1 and 4-3 down.

In what proved to be a classic rollercoaster affair, it was actually the visitors who made a lightning start when they stole in front on three minutes through Davison Sanchez’s header.

Everton were sluggish but slowly grew into the contest and stunned Jose Mourinho’s men with three goals in just under eight minutes at the end of the half.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin played a pivotal role in the turnaround as he claimed his 50th goal for the Toffees when his thumping volley somehow beat Hugo Lloris.

The Everton striker’s sublime flick then set up Richarlison to drill home a 20-yard strike before Calvert-Lewin won a penalty that saw Gylfi Sigurdsson coolly convert against his former club.

Spurs were shell-shocked but snared a lifeline just before the break when Erik Lamela fired past Olsen. The goal-fest continued after the interval and Sanchez was the unlikely hero again as he diverted in from close range on 57 minutes to level.

Everton had just lost Calvert-Lewin to injury but edged back in front when Richarlison beat Lloris from a narrow angle on the left of the area.

The away side had brought Harry Kane on early in the second period and it was perhaps no surprise that it was the Lilywhites’ talisman who headed in Son Heung-Min’s wonderful cross to force extra time.

Read Also: FA Cup: Man City beat Swansea to reach sixth round

Tottenham seemed the more lively at this point, but Everton again came up with a moment of magic when Bernard provided the perfect finish to Sigurdsson’s clever pass.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side can now look forward to Thursday’s quarter final draw before turning their focus to Premier League duty at home to Fulham on Sunday. Spurs will need to lick their wounds fast ahead of a visit to in-form Manchester City on Saturday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *