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FA Cup semi-finals: Jelavic paves the way for Everton

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic was named the Budweiser player of the round after helping Everton overcome Sunderland in the FA Cup sixth round.

Jelavic has been a revelation since his £5.5million move from Rangers in the January transfer window.

After a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Jelavic scored the opener in the replay at the Stadium of Light and had a hand in the second - a David Vaughan own goal - as Everton prevailed 2-0.

Jelavic collected 63 per cent of the votes, with team-mate Tim Cahill - who netted in the original tie - taking 15 per cent.

Stewart Downing, who scored the winner as Liverpool edged past Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield, claimed 12 per cent of the votes.

Fernando Torres finally ended his goalscoring drought as his brace helped Chelsea book another visit to Wembley after a comfortable 5-2 victory over Leicester City.

Torres added the third after 67 minutes to end a spell of 25 hours 41 minutes of football for Chelsea without scoring.

The Spain striker received six per cent of the votes while Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan got five per cent.

FA Cup sixth round – Team of the round

1. Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers): The Trotters shotstopper was in fine form against Tottenham and despite finishing on the losing side his inspired display kept the visitors in the contest for a long time.

2. Ryan Nielsen (Tottenham Hotspur): It took Spurs 74 minutes to break Bolton's resistance at White Hart Lane but when the opener came it was from the head of Nelsen, who notched his first goal for the club.

3. Johnny Heitinga (Everton): Everton have conceded just two goals in five matches during their run to the Semi Finals and the Dutchman has played a key role in that defensive solidity.

4. Gary Cahill (Chelsea): Cahill opened his Chelsea account with the opening goal against Leicester before celebrating by revealing a t-shirt which paid tribute to his stricken former Bolton team-mate Fabrice Muamba.

5. Phil Bardsley (Sunderland): Bardsley’s superb long-range free-kick handed Sunderland the advantage against Everton and he played his part in a backs-tothe- wall performance which secured a hardearned replay.

6. Ben Marshall (Leicester City): A late goal from the lively winger temporarily reduced Leicester’s deficit against Chelsea and was just reward for his energetic performance on the flank against the Premier League hosts.

7. Stewart Downing (Liverpool): A superb strike from the fleet-footed winger was enough to hand Liverpool victory over Stoke and book their place in the last four, where cross-city rivals Everton await.

8. Tim Cahill (Everton): The Australian scored a trademark header to earn the Toffees a replay against Sunderland and put in a typically resilient display in the 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

9. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur): The in-form Welshman put the finishing touch on a superb counterattacking move to double Tottenham’s advantage against Bolton, taking his tally for the season to 14.

10. Nikica Jelavic (Everton): After opening the scoring against Sunderland, his 20th strike of a prolific season since joining from Rangers, the Croatian played a key role in David Vaughan’s own goal.

11. Fernando Torres (Chelsea): A two-goal salvo from the resurgent Spaniard secured a last-four berth for Roberto Di Matteo’s Blues as they eased past Leicester City with a 5-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

FA CUP SEMI-FINALS:

Both games at Wembley Stadium

Saturday 14th April (kick-off 12:30)

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Sunday 15th April (kick-off 18:00)

Tottenham vs Chelsea

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