3 goals in 3 minutes sends Wigan to FA Cup semi-finals | inside World Soccer

Wigan Athletic struck three lethal blows inside three-and-a-half first half minutes at Everton to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Wigan midfielder Jordi Gómez scores his side's third goal against Everton
Wigan midfielder Jordi Gómez scores his side's third goal against Everton

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The Latics broke the deadlock in the 30th minute and they never looked back.

Maynor Figueroa met a Jordi Gómez corner and headed home with relative ease while Everton goalkeeper Ján Mucha was more concerned trying to shift Callum McManaman off his goalline.

Everton were then complicit in their downfall as Phil Neville's woefully misplaced pass sent McManaman racing clear and the boyhood Toffees fan clipped clinically past the onrushing Mucha.

And it was 3-0 moments later thanks to a sublime finish from Gómez.

Arouna Koné found Gómez on the edge of the box, and the Spaniard curled a delightful finish into the corner with Mucha watching helplessly.

The hosts were unable to orchestrate an unlikely comeback and Wigan's half-time lead proved enough to seal an excellent victory for Roberto Martínez's men.

"It just wasn't to be our day," Everton boss David Moyes said in a press conference.

"But I have got to say Wigan played well in the first half. They passed it well and had a good chance before they scored.

"The quick goals came and because of that it made it a very difficult task in the second half. The players tried to get back into it but the longer it was going on the more it drained away from us."

Martinez added on Sky Sports: "To score three goals away from home in the manner we have done we always looked a real threat going forward and it was a complete performance and a special day for Wigan.

"I think you have to be at your very best at Goodison Park to keep a clean sheet. We played well but more importantly we had incredible concentration levels."

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