MATCH REPORT: EVERTON 3-0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Everton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

The in-form Premier League outfit put in a highly professional performance and an inspired display from James Rodriguez in particular meant Carlo Ancelotti’s men were never seemed likely to be the victim of an upset.

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Everton cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

The in-form Premier League outfit put in a highly professional performance and an inspired display from James Rodriguez in particular meant Carlo Ancelotti’s men were never seemed likely to be the victim of an upset.

The Colombian was at the heart of everything his side did and almost earned himself an assist as early as 12 minutes in when his inch-perfect through ball was dispatched by Richarlison, only for the Brazilian to be ruled offside.

But the Toffees were undeterred and took the lead just before the half hour mark when Dominic Calvert-Lewin, back from injury, ended his recent goal drought by converting a drilled Andre Gomes cross from close range to score against the arch-rivals of his former employers, Sheffield United.

The hosts had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead in the first half but had to wait until the 59th minute when a sublime Rodriguez corner was glanced home by Richarlison.

Just three minutes later the contest was settled by Yerry Mina’s thumping header from another of his compatriot’s teasing corners.

History was created with five minutes of the 90 remaining when Ancelotti gave left-back Thierry Small his debut, making him the youngest senior player in Everton’s history at 16 years and 176 days old, breaking the record that Jose Baxter set in 2008 by 15 days.

This rounded off a successful day for the Blues who now wait to find out who they will face in the fifth round as Wycombe Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur square off tomorrow night.

Meanwhile the Owls will hope this defeat won’t affect their impressive league form which has seen them win four of the last five as they look to hoist themselves out of the relegation zone.

24th January 2021 – FA Cup fourth round

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