Wigan Upsets Everton to Advance to First F.A. Cup Semifinal
Wigan upset Everton 3-0 to reach the semifinals of English soccer’s F.A. Cup for the first time, as Manchester City routed Barnsley 5-0.
Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez scored in a three-minute span of the first half at Goodison Park in Liverpool to send Wigan to the last four at Wembley Stadium on April 13 or 14.
“The performance was outstanding,” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said in an interview with ITV. “For us to go to Wembley is an historic moment.”
Carlos Tevez scored a hat trick as 2011 champion Manchester City advanced past the quarterfinals for just the second time in 32 years. City has outscored its opponents 13-0 over its first four matches.
Wigan is 17th in the Premier League, just above the relegation zone, while Everton is sixth. The Latics won their fourth straight F.A. Cup away match in advancing.
Figueroa opened the scoring in the 30th minute when he headed in Gomez’s corner to the back post. The lead was doubled a minute later as McManaman picked up an errant pass from Phil Neville and went in to send a shot past goalkeeper Jan Mucha, who was starting in place of the injured Tim Howard.
Wigan’s goal surge concluded in the 33rd minute when Gomez took a pass from Arouna Kone and drilled a shot past Mucha.
Wigan lost to Leeds in its only other quarterfinal appearance in 1987. Everton, which had a goal from Kevin Mirallas disallowed for offside in the 75th minute, was trying to reach the last four for the third time since 2009.
At Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Barnsley of the second- tier Championship was no match for reigning Premier League titleholder City.
Tevez opened the scoring in the 11th minute by putting in the rebound after Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele blocked David Silva’s shot into the post. Aleksandar Kolarov doubled the lead in the 27th minute off a pass from Tevez, who added his second goal just four minutes later.
Tevez completed his hat trick in the 50th minute off a pass from Samir Nasri and Silva closed the scoring midway through the second half.
Blackburn visits Millwall in tomorrow’s first quarterfinal, followed by record 11-time winner Manchester United hosting defending champion Chelsea.
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