For the first time in their history, Wigan Athletic are heading to Wembley to play in the FA Cup semi-final after silencing Goodison Park by beating Everton 3-0. Joining Wigan will be Manchester City which thrashed Barnsley 5-0.
The story of the day was Roberto Martinez’s Wigan side who upset the form-book with a terrific performance today.
Wigan’s three goals arrived within a devastating four-minute spell during the first half. Shaun Maloney had already hit the post for Wigan by the time Maynor Figueroa broke the deadlock in the 30th minute, climbing to head in Jordi Gomez’s right-wing corner at the back post.
Wigan’s second followed within a minute and the scorer was childhood Everton fan Callum McManaman, who raced onto a misplaced pass from Phil Neville before beating goalkeeper Jan Mucha. The onslaught continued and in the 33rd minute Gomez made it 3-0, sweeping home Arouna Kone’s square pass from outside the 18-yard box.
In the other game, Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick as Manchester City outclassed lowly Barnsley.
Any hopes that Barnsley had off an upset were gone within 11 minutes. Yaya Toure found Silva with a delightful flicked pass over the top, and when Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele pushed the Spaniard’s volley onto the post, Tevez was on hand to tuck the ball home.
Tevez created his side’s second goal in the 27th minute, tearing into the Barnsley box and rolling a deliciously weighted pass square for Kolarov, who found the bottom-right corner.
Tevez made it 3-0 four minutes later, gathering Silva’s cut-back and spinning, before beating Steele with a low shot from close range.
The hat-trick goal arrived five minutes into the second half and saw Tevez guide a low shot into the bottom-right corner after a gambolling run and cross from Samir Nasri.
Silva hit the hosts’ fifth in the 65th minute, following in to score after Steele had saved his initial effort, with Tevez again supplying the assist.
Two of Barnsley’s fellow Championship sides, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers, face off in the third quarter-final on Sunday, before the stand-out tie of the last eight between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.