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Liverpool could face Everton in FA Cup semis, Chelsea could meet Spurs

Everton will meet Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals if they beat Sunderland in their quarter-final replay.

Chelsea face the winners of the Tottenham v Bolton clash.

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley on the weekend of April 14 and 15.

No date has been set for the rearranged Spurs v Bolton quarter-final - and Bolton's trip to Aston Villa on Tuesday has been postponed in light of events at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Sunday's FA Cup quarter-finals:

Chelsea 5-2 Leicester City

All of a sudden, Chelsea are on course for a cup double. Ok, the prospect of meeting Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League will be a daunting one for the Blues, but suddenly they are back to winning ways.

John Terry is still haunted by his slippery miss (that's a potential match-winning penalty I am referring to, by the way, nothing to do with his alleged affair) in the all-English Champions League final against Manchester United, and Terry, Lampard, Drogba and co have been given a new lease of life under Roberto Di Matteo.

And victory against Barcelona? It's possible. Maybe Messi has an off day, and only scores a hat-trick, maybe Fernando Torres amazes everyone and scores in the first leg, then can't stop scoring. Messi 3, Torres 4, Chelsea sneak through on away goals. Maybe, just maybe.

Chelsea need no better inspiration than Di Matteo to go for glory in the FA Cup. He still holds the record for quickest-long-range-goal-ever in an FA Cup final, or something like that. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson played in that game and watched Di Matteo's shot sail over his head after just 42 seconds.

"Anything can happen on the day," said Pearson, ahead of this game. He was right. Torres scored twice, as Chlesea thumped the Foxes 5-2.

And, as previously suggested, Torres might score more goals than Messi if the two clash in the semi-finals of the Champions League. It could happen. In reality, Leicester probably had more chance of beating Chelsea than the Blues have of beating Barca over two legs. But stranger things have happened.

In short, the Blues were too strong for Leicester. The Foxes showed glimpses of cunning and put up a bit of a fight, but for all the hype and money, they were much less potent than Torres in this cup tie.

Liverpool 2-1 Stoke City

It had to happen. Peter Crouch scored. And at that moment, the dream was on for Stoke. The oh-so-lanky ex Liverpool striker notched on 26 minutes to cancel out a Luis Suarez opener, then it was left to Stewart Downing to come up with the match winner early in the second half.

Saturday's FA Cup quarter-finals:

Everton 1-1 Sunderland

Phil Bardsley's free-kick after 12 minutes gave Sunderland an early lead, but Tim Cahill's 23rd minute header levelled the scores.

Tottenham 1-1 Bolton (match abandoned)

Fabrice Muamba is fighting for his life after collapsing on the pitch. The match was abandoned after 41 minutes with the score at 1-1 at the time.

Bolton took the lead in the sixth minute when Darren Pratley's header was deflected into the net by Gareth Bale, but Tottenham equalised on 11 minutes when Bale's cross was headed in by Kyle Walker.

By Mark Roach


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