Carroll clinches final spot

Liverpool hit back to beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley

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Leon Osman Stewart Downing Everton v Liverpool FA Cup Wembley

Leon Osman and Stewart Downing vie for possession in a competitive derby

Luis Suarez Liverpool FA Cup Semi Final

Luis Suarez made it 1-1 with a smart finish after Sylvain Distin's error

Nikica Jelavic goal Everton v Liverpool FA Cup Wembley

Nikica Jelavic had broken the deadlock for Everton after a defensive mix-up

Andy Carroll Liverpool FA Cup Semi Final

Andy Carroll emerged as the match-winner to send Liverpool through to the final

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Liverpool came from behind at Wembley to knock Merseyside rivals Everton out of the FA Cup and book a final meeting with Tottenham or Chelsea.

Andy Carroll turned out to be the match-winner with a late header that sealed a 2-1 victory after Nikica Jelavic's opener had been cancelled out by Luis Suarez in a match notable for its mistakes as well as the high level of drama.

The opening goal came in the 24th minute when a terrible defensive mix-up between Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger allowed Jelavic to open the scoring with a composed finish.

Liverpool came out after half-time a transformed team but Everton contributed to their own downfall as Sylvain Distin left a pass back to Tim Howard horribly short and Suarez took advantage to score with the outside of his boot.

Carroll had already spurned a glorious opportunity by the time Suarez equalised and missed further attempts before making amends in the 87th minute with a header from Craig Bellamy's free-kick.

An exhausted Everton did not have the time to rally and Liverpool's supporters were left to celebrate a well-earned semi-final success.

Having already won the Carling Cup in February Liverpool remain on course for a cup double, which has only been achieved three times previously - and once by themselves.

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Past experience favoured Liverpool against Everton at Wembley in this competition, having had two FA Cup final wins against their near-neighbours in 1986 and 1989.

Of the four FA Cup semi-finals the teams had contested, Everton had been victorious in only the first in 1906 and they went on to win the competition.

But the history did not weigh heavy on the Toffees, who had the better of a relatively incident-free first half with neither goalkeeper having a proper save to make.

That statistic would have been different had Jay Spearing not snatched at a third-minute chance after Carroll had worked space to cut the ball back to the edge of the area.

With no goals in 48 previous matches of his Liverpool career Spearing was the last man the Reds would have wanted to see in a shooting position and he lived up to expectations by firing over.

Everton had two off-target free-kicks from Leighton Baines and Jelavic, who also had an overhead kick saved by Brad Jones, while Martin Skrtel shot tamely at Howard after Steven Gerrard had picked out Carroll.

It may have been no real surprise the opening goal came from a mistake but the source of the error was.

Carragher, a veteran of 696 appearances, hesitated along with stand-in left-back Agger when the ball dropped in the penalty area and when the vice-captain eventually decided to deal with it he succeeded only in driving it at Tim Cahill.

The rebound fell favourably to Jelavic who coolly slotted a shot between the legs of a diving Jones to spark wild celebrations from Moyes on the touchline.

Carroll looked like he was to have one of those afternoons which have been all-too-regular since his January 2011 move from Newcastle with a glaring miss just two minutes into the second half.

Stewart Downing's inviting cross to the far post was headed wide from close range, prompting the striker to rightly hide his face under his shirt and his manager put his head in his hands.

Fortunately for Carroll strike partner Suarez is sharper in front of goal, especially when gifted opportunities like the one in the 62nd minute.

Took advantage

The otherwise-excellent Distin badly mis-hit a backpass from wide on Everton's left and the Uruguay international raced into the area to slide a low shot with the outside of his right foot past Howard.

Carroll was at it again in the 78th minute, dragging wide left-footed from a good position but Jelavic, who at £5.5million already looks a bargain, was much closer in drilling a shot into the side-netting.

Suarez got in the way of another Carroll effort which bounced wide before Everton substitute Seamus Coleman, booked soon after coming on, was lucky to escape a second caution when he clattered into Gerrard but Liverpool took full advantage.

Bellamy, on for Downing, whipped in the 86th-minute free-kick and Carroll flicked in a header.

Liverpool could even afford for another substitute Maxi Rodriguez to hit the post from close range as they booked a third appearance at Wembley in three months and kept their season alive.

For Everton, however, their priority now will be finishing ahead of their local rivals in the Premier League, something they have done only once since its inception.

LiverpoolTeam StatisticsEverton
2Goals1
01st Half Goals1
5Shots on Target4
8Shots off Target5
5Blocked Shots1
6Corners4
8Fouls15
2Offsides2
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
79.1Passing Success69.2
13Tackles24
69.2Tackles Success75
55.8Possession44.2
47.1Territorial Advantage52.9
441Total Passes351
21Total Crosses13
162Lost Balls173
54Recoveries59
54.31st Half Poss.45.7
57.32nd Half Poss.42.7

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Comments (15)

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Mazin Sharaf (Liverpool fan) says...

No doubt the best team won !!!! Liverpool were really closer to win the game all the time .... all the guys were great ... even KK am sure he was not sure he wanted to change any player ... all were good ... but he just did and they got us the game .... congratualations Liverpool you deserved it ....

Posted 03:57 15th April 2012

Tawanda Mandinyenya (Liverpool fan) says...

Well done Liverpool. King Kenny you are the man for the job, you only need one more striker who is consistent in scoring goals and you will win the league title next season.

Posted 02:07 15th April 2012

George Knowlson (Reading fan) says...

Although their league position and performances would say this has been a bad season, Liverpool have done fairly well this year if you look at what they've done. First trophy in 6 years and possibly on course for another can't really be seen as awful. It took city about 3 years to get up and going after their billionaire takeover and liverpool could do the same. WE SHALL SEE!

Posted 01:54 15th April 2012

Tony Babs (Liverpool fan) says...

Great win, but please don't be fooled by Carroll. Yes he is getting better, but should still be offloaded in the off season as should Henderson & Adam who are way out of their depth. As for Kenny... I think he'll still be in charge next season, but if we're not challenging for a top 4 spot all season, then I think he will go.

Posted 23:11 14th April 2012

Chris Taylor78 (Liverpool fan) says...

So proud to be a Liverpool fan today. Well played fella's lets keep this up now and remain unbeaten til end of the season.

Posted 19:34 14th April 2012

Dave Harrison (Manchester United fan) says...

As a United fan, I have to say congratulations to Liverpool - after all they entered 3 competitions and have won 1 (on pens against a championship team) with the potential to win another - a feat that any of their other mid table rivals would be proud of. Of course as any true football fan will know, to win a cup is easier than to win the league as it largely depends on the draw (home advantage) and the games are usually one-offs. The league on the other hand is based on every team playing each other home and away and therefore it is fair to say the team at the top at the end of season have earned the right to be crowned champions (as Liverpool were in their heyday). The worry for Liverpool is that last season they finished 22 points behind United and this season they are currently 33 points behind so if anything they are getting worse.

Posted 18:32 14th April 2012

Rox Gilmore (Liverpool fan) says...

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you well done Liverpool I knew you could do it

Posted 17:17 14th April 2012

Phil Brew (Newcastle United fan) says...

Never would've though that Newcastle fans would be cheering a Carroll goal again. Europe here we come! Dust off the passports!

Posted 17:06 14th April 2012

Tony Barrow (Manchester United fan) says...

Does this mean they have re-instated their director of football???

Posted 16:03 14th April 2012

Ahsan Jabar (Liverpool fan) says...

come on LIVERPOOL!!!

Posted 15:54 14th April 2012

Jezza Jezza (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Carroll missed an absolute sitter and another couple of chances..as commentator said on radio should have had a hat trick..no doubt liverpool fans will be going crazy about him and getting thru to final...strange how owner decided to go back to florida....is he sick and tired of a sick and tired old club...me thinks so as stories coming from the states suggest he looking for a buyer already LOL

Posted 15:45 14th April 2012

Colin O'brien (Liverpool fan) says...

Please another 10 years for Moyes

Posted 15:15 14th April 2012

Kave Man (Liverpool fan) says...

yea, come on liverpool, I want chelsea in the final

Posted 15:08 14th April 2012

Dave Mould (Liverpool fan) says...

Right team won on the strength of that game. Caroll showing signs that the fee might not be too much as he almost had a hat trick at least today.Henderson looks like a boy in a mans game but maybe one for the future. Still not convinced Kenny the right man but hey its another final which is great too see. YNWA !!!

Posted 15:06 14th April 2012

Aaron Harvey (Manchester United fan) says...

well done everton, u managed to put up a fight against a team who have spent 120m on players when your team has spent next to nothing, i guess this win for liverpool will paper over all the cracks in what has infact been dreadfull season for the reds

Posted 14:53 14th April 2012

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