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FA Cup: Teenager seals Toffees win

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Teenager Dan Gosling was Everton's hero as his last-gasp breakthrough goal sent the Toffees through to the FA Cup fifth round with a 1-0 extra-time win over 10-man Liverpool at Goodison Park.

The Reds had edged possession for most of the regulation 90 minutes but it was the home side who came closest to win the match when Leon Osman crashed a shot against the post on 70 minutes.

Liverpool were reduced to 10 men six minutes later as Lucas, unlucky to be carded earlier on, was shown a second yellow for tripping Joleon Lescott.

Everton turned up the heat in extra time with Pepe Reina dashing out bravely to foil Gosling's rebound effort, before Tim Cahill flicked the resulting corner inches wide.

Penalties loomed to separate the Merseyside rivals in their replay, but the 19-year-old Gosling, in only his fifth appearance for the club, broke the deadlock in the 118th minute with a sublime curling finish after neat footwork inside the penalty area.

And it completed a miserable night for Liverpool, who saw skipper Steven Gerrard limp off with a hamstring injury early on before.

Everton meanwhile, will host Aston Villa in the next round after the Villans overcame Doncaster 3-1.

Blackburn and Derby also progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to victories over Sunderland and Nottingham Forest respectively.

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