FA Cup

  • Y. Bolasie 6’
  • C. Wickham 61’
  • 55’ T. Deeney
Wembley Stadium
Attendance 79,110


    • KICK OFF
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      FULL-TIME! CRYSTAL PALACE ARE IN THE FA CUP FINAL! The Eagles squeeze through after a narrow 2-1 win over local rivals Watford, with goals from Bolasie and Wickham being just enough for them to progress. Deeney made things interesting, but the Hornets couldn't quite test Hennessey enough to turn thi
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      HALF-TIME! Palace head into the break with a narrow 1-0 lead, given to them courtesy of an early header from Bolasie. Pardew's men have created more dangerous chances, but Watford still have plenty of time to turn this one around in order to navigate their way into the FA Cup final.
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      Watford substitutes: Gomes, Mario Suarez, Prodl, Behrami, Guedioura, Berghuis, Anya.
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      Watford starting line-up (4-4-2): Pantilimon; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado; Ighalo, Deeney.
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      Palace substitutes: Speroni, Gayle, McArthur, Adebayor, Sako, Ledley, Kelly.
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      Palace starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Cabaye, Jedinak; Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie; Wickham.
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      TEAM NEWS: Costel Pantilimon starts in goal for the Hornets, with Miguel Britos partnering Craig Cathcart at centre-back for Quique Sanchez Flores' men. Jose Jurado and Almen Abdi will tuck in from the wide areas, with Etienne Capoue chosen to partner Ben Watson in the middle of the park. Odion Igha
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      TEAM NEWS: There are no surprises in the back four from Alan Pardew, with Damien Delaney retaining his place despite netting an own goal last time out. Yohan Cabaye is complimented by the physicality of captain Mile Jedinak in the centre of the park, with Jason Puncheon deployed further forward betw
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      The Eagles arrive at this stage of the tournament, courtesy of wins against Reading, Spurs, Stoke and Southampton, with Watford needing to sink the likes of Arsenal, Leeds, Forest and Newcastle in their journey to the semis.
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage of the second FA Cup semi-final of the weekend. Crystal Palace and Watford will be battling it out to join Manchester United in the final at Wembley, with both of these sides having their own local rivals to think about too.
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      We are underway in the first half at Wembley Stadium, with Palace having the chance to forget about a poor Premier League campaign this afternoon. Watford need to come up with some inspiration from somewhere, with Ighalo and Deeney rather goalshy in recent months.
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      A long throughball is easily gathered up by Pantilimon, with Bolasie trying to race onto the end of it. Moments later, the same Palace wide man tries to clip a cross into the path of Wickham, but Cathcart gets ahead of his marker to concede a corner. The resulting set-piece is delivered by Puncheon,
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      G Y. Bolasie Assist D. Delaney
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      Delaney gets a looping flick onto Cabaye's corner delivery, with Bolasie then rising well at the back post to capitalise.
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      GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! BOLASIE HEADS THE EAGLES IN FRONT! Souare and Puncheon try to combine down the left-hand side, but the latter takes an errant touch that spins out of play. Palace maintain their pressure, with Bolasie doing well to earn a corner from Britos. The Congolese winger is then present at t
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      Watson fires a low free-kick delivery into the penalty area, with Capoue managing to flick it high into the air. Hennessey comes off his line to claim with ease. Watford just haven't really got going thus far, with Palace's supporters urging them on for another quick-fire early goal.
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      Flores' men just can't seem to get into gear at present, with Watford sat deep in the hope of settling themselves down nicely. Wickham goes down heavily, after being caught by a physical tackle, but should be fine to continue. Abdi breaks down the right flank, but Puncheon tracks back well to block
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      Bolasie and Zaha combine on the counter, but an eventual cut-back from the latter is hooked to safety by Nyom. Watford try to keep exerting pressure of their own, but Ighalo's flicked pass out wide to Abdi is entirely missed by the Hornets' wide man. Flores is looking very ponderous on the touchline
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      Palace have had the dream start at Wembley, with their bright first 10 minutes getting their first rewards. Hennessey has had nothing to do, bar a couple of simple claims, with Deeney and company needing to buck up their ideas if they are to test the resolve of the opposition back four.
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      Jedinak is penalised for a cynical foul on Capoue, with the Australia international coming across his man late. After taking the free-kick short, however, Watford are forced all the way back to Britos. The trailing outfit are at least getting more of a touch of the ball now. Deeney takes aim from 30
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      Deeney opens play out to the left-hand side, before Jurado picks out Abdi on the edge of the penalty area. The former Udinese midfielder shoots without hesitation, but Dann makes a simple block with his foot. It is now the Eagles' turn to sit back and absorb some lengthy pressure. Nyom curls a cross
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      Jurado curls a corner delivery in from the right, but Delaney heads clear. Watford just don't appear to have the cutting edge to cause problems in the final third at the moment, with Hennessey something of a spectator. Palace take the momentum out of things with an extended spell of patient possessi
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      Abdi is found guilty of fouling Souare down Watford's right-hand side, with the resulting free-kick delivery being put behind for a Palace corner. Cabaye curls another ball into the penalty area, but this one is cleared easily. Moments later, the ex-PSG midfielder stings the palms of Pantilimon with
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      Palace earn themselves a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box, with Cabaye poised to take it. The former Newcastle man dips an attempt towards Pantilimon's near post, but the Romanian goalkeeper gathers up a relatively easy shot to handle. Pardew's men continue to look the more likely to net the
    • 26'
      Deeney and Ake are penalised for heavy handedness in the opposition penalty area, with the Hornets continuing to lack any kind of sting. Palace take the chance to retain possession and stroke the ball around their back four, with the Eagles then sportingly putting it out of play for an injury. Capou
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      Capoue receives an extended stint of treatment, with the Frenchman appearing to have a problem with his left knee. He gets back to his feet eventually, but the ex-Spurs midfielder definitely isn't comfortable yet. Guedioura is warming up as a precaution.
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      After coming back onto the field and playing a long pass out in the direction of Jurado, Capoue collapses in a heap once again. The stretcher is readied, with Flores about to be forced into making his first change of the contest.
    • 31'
      The last five minutes or so have lost their momentum, with Capoue's ailments forcing the referee to stop and start proceedings in lengthy fashion. We should be looking at a fair few minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first period.
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      SI Mario Suárez SO D. Delaney
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      Mario Suarez is thrown into the fray by Flores, with the ex-Fiorentina midfielder tasked with slotting into the centre of the park as quickly as possible. Capoue is stretchered off.
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      Bolasie breaks down the right, before curling in a dangerous cross, but Nyom clambers above Zaha to head clear. Watford look to get a feel for the ball again, working possession out to the left and then the right, with Palace more than content to sit deep and wait to counter.
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      Watson slots a pass forward into Deeney, with the Watford captain flicking a brilliant throughball around the corner. Ighalo is onto it in a flash, but Hennessey is quick off his line to smother at the feet of the ex-Granada striker. Palace counter at pace, but an attempted ball from Wickham is cut
    • 38'
      Jurado lines up a shot, after cutting in from the left flank, but Delaney does well to make a headed block in front of the ex-Spartak Moscow midfielder. The Palace centre-back looks to be a little shaken afterwards, with Deeney coming over to check on the Irishman, but he should be fine to continue.
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      Jurado picks up a cheap yellow card for a late and cynical tackle, after losing possession himself.
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      Only five minutes remain in this first half, with the contest being rather even since the 20-minute mark. Neither goalkeeper has had a great deal to do, however, with only Pantilimon making a genuine save thus far.
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      Nyom marauds his way down the right-hand side, but the cross from the ex-Granada full-back loops straight into Hennessey's awaiting arms. Palace try to counter, with Cabaye slotting a pass into Zaha, but a flick from the ex-Manchester United wide man is miscontrolled by Puncheon.
    • 44'
      Bolasie tries to whip a cross in from the right, with the Congo international claiming a handball from Ake! The referee isn't interested, however, and points for a corner instead. The set-piece delivery is arrowed in towards the near post, but Deeney half-clears. Palace keep their pressure on, but B
    • 46'
      We are back underway in the second half at Wembley! Both sides have got merely 45 minutes to prove why they are deserving of a place in the FA Cup final, with Manchester United lying in wait for the victors.
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      Wickham goes down in the area, claiming a penalty, but the referee isn't interested! The ex-Napoli defender did tangle his legs with that of his opponent, but the match official didn't deem it enough to point to the spot. Pardew is outraged!
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      Deeney is picked out by a cross from the right-hand side by Nyom, but the Englishman is unable to crane his neck enough to turn a header goalwards! Flores' men are looking to try and kick on from the outset of the second half, but they will need better finishing than that to overturn the current sco
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      Good save from Pantilimon! Bolasie breaks down the left, before dancing into the box and onto his stronger left foot. With Britos struggling to make a block, the low drive clatters into the ex-Manchester City goalkeeper, who does just enough to deflect it around the post.
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      The resulting corner was claimed easily by Pantilimon, with Watford looking to try and take control in this second half. Nyom loops a cross in from the right yet again, but a flicked header from Ighalo fails to test Hennessey. Palace have been comfortable with any aerial balls thus far.
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      Dann gets a yellow card, after the former Birmingham defender cynically stepped across Ighalo as the Nigerian striker looked to bear down on goal.
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      G T. Deeney Assist D. Delaney
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      SI A. Guédioura SO D. Delaney
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      Guedioura is injected into the fray by Flores, with Abdi taking his leave after a fairly quiet performance.
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      GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! DEENEY MAKES IT 1-1! Watson tries his luck from a long-range free-kick, but his shot deflects off the wall and wide for the corner. Jurado curls the delivery in, with Deeney found a couple of yards free of Dann. The Watford captain thumps home a bullet header, with Flores' men sudden
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      Jurado curls a lovely corner ball into a dangerous near-post area, with Deeney applying the finishing touch.
    • 57'
      Watford are suddenly full of confidence, with their supporters making a lot of noise inside Wembley now. Deeney's goal has their tails up, with Palace needing to be careful not to succumb to a double-salvo in the coming minutes.
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      Nyom is forced to concede a corner, with Palace having the chance to respond with what would be the third set-piece goal of the contest. Cabaye delivers, but Watson is present at the near post to half-clear. The loose ball falls to Souare on the periphery of the box, but the Eagles' left-back can on
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      G C. Wickham Assist D. Delaney
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      Souare curls a lovely cross in from deep on the left-hand side, but Wickham's finish is even more impressive!
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      GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! PALACE ARE BACK AHEAD! Wickham makes it 2-1, with another header creeping its way onto the scoresheet here this evening. The ex-Ipswich striker is found by a cross from the left-hand side, before guiding a lovely finish back across goal and just inside the far upright with his fore
    • 63'
      The momentum swings once again, with Palace now full of confidence. Watford try to immediately respond, but a cross from their right is gobbled up by Hennessey ahead of Ighalo. Given that time is running out at Wembley, the next goal will be vital. Jurado tees up Watson on the edge of the Eagles' bo
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      There is a brief stoppage in play, with a few Palace players down with knocks on the edge of their own penalty area. The Eagles' support is making all of the noise, but Pardew will have to be careful with his substitutions if he is to coax his men over the finish line in winning fashion.
    • 66'
      Dann gets his final warning, after the former Blackburn Rovers defender dived into a risky challenge on Ighalo. The Nigerian forward comes off worse, with an apparent shin problem, but the referee opts not to give the English defender his second booking of the evening.
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      Puncheon is released by a long throughball over the top, but Pantilimon has plenty of time to control and then clear ahead of the arrival of the ex-Saints winger. Palace win themselves a free-kick, deep on the left flank, but Cabaye's delivery comes to nothing. Delaney is penalised for climbing on h
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      Only 20 minutes remain for Watford to fight back into this contest, with Ighalo needing to put aside a potential knock to help inspire the Hornets to glory. A few changes could be in the offing, with both coaches in discussions with their technical. Anya could be the first.
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      Palace try to work their way down the right-hand side, but an awful touch from Bolasie steals the momentum away from Pardew's side. The Eagles are happy to try and retain possession, with Watford needing to come out of their shells in order to try and complete a dramatic Wembley comeback.
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      SI J. McArthur SO D. Delaney
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      McArthur is thrown into the fray by Pardew, with the ex-Wigan midfielder replacing Bolasie. That should see Palace reshuffle slightly in the midfield third.
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      Watford needs at least one goal in the next 15 minutes if they are to progress into the FA Cup final, with Palace currently joining the Red Devils. Zaha threatens down the right-hand side, before shaping to deliver a cross, but Ake denies the Englishman.
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      Jurado curls a cross towards the back post, but Deeney can only turn a header back across goal and into Hennessey's arms! Palace reply with an attack of their own, with Zaha cutting back a neat pass from the right. Jedinak is teed up by Puncheon, but the Australia international shoots straight at Pa
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      Wickham denied! Zaha drives down the left-hand side, using his pace and strength to wriggle his way beyond several challenges and get into the box. The Englishman unselfishly tees up his team-mate, but the ex-Sunderland striker fires straight into a defender, before sending the rebound into Pantilim
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      Mario Suarez picks up a yellow card, with the former Atletico Madrid midfielder sliding in very late on Cabaye.
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      SI B. Sako SO D. Delaney
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      Sako is introduced for the leading side, with Puncheon taking his leave. Straight swap, with Pardew adding some fresh legs.
    • 81'
      We're into the last 10 minutes of this contest, with Palace edging their way towards a domestic final in tentative fashion. Aside from Deeney's goal, Watford haven't really created much, with Flores' men struggling to carve out any clear-cut opportunities this evening in general.
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      SI I. Anya SO D. Delaney
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      Anya replaces Nyom at right-back, with the Scotland international presumably being given more license to get forward from right-back.
    • 83'
      Deeney manages to hold up the ball and flick a pass into the path of Ighalo, but the Watford striker snatches at an eventual shot and lashes his attempt high and wide of the target!. The Hornets simply can't afford to be wasteful at this stage of proceedings.
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      Jurado takes aim from the edge of the penalty area, but the Spaniard can only force Hennessey into a comfortable save down to his right-hand side. Palace respond with an attack of their own, but an ambitious long pass towards Wickham is cut out by Pantilimon.
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      SI E. Adebayor SO D. Delaney
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      Adebayor jogs into the game for the last few minutes, with Wickham replaced.
    • 87'
      We're into the final five minutes of normal time, with Watford not appearing to have much left in the tank. Zaha fires into the side-netting from a tight angle, with Adebayor probably in a better position to shoot inside the box.
    • 89'
      Deeney gets a yellow card for raising his arm in an aerial challenge with Jedinak.
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      Ake tries to whip a cross in from the left-hand side, but Ward and Delaney combine to make a timely block. Watford try to pile on some late pressure, but Deeney is penalised for a push on Jedinak inside the Palace penalty box.
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      Palace are content to hold onto possession with patience, with Watford trying to win the ball back without overcommitting. Wickham is found by a long diagonal ball from the right by Bolasie, but a poor touch from the former Sunderland striker is gobbled up by Nyom.
    • 90'
      Watford go close! A poor shot from Guedioura is almost deflected goalwards by Deeney, but the ball bobbles just shy of the far upright. Half of the stadium thought that it was in. Dramatic finish in this semi-final.
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      We're into the first of four minutes of stoppage time, courtesy of the lengthy treatment given for Capoue's earlier injury.
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      We're into the first of five minutes of stoppage time at Wembley! Flores' men still have time to save themselves.

    Line Up




    Roy Hodgson
    Nigel Pearson



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 14 16
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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