Everton beat Manchester United on penalties to reach the FA Cup final; Spurs put a large nail in Newcastle’s Premier League coffin; Rock-bottom Baggies lose a thriller at City

Manchester United 0 – Everton 0* (Pens. 4-2) (FA Cup semi-final, April 19, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Everton were fortunate to see Joleon Lescott deflect a Danny Welbeck shot narrowly past the Toffees’ post. In the second half Tim Cahill forced a smart save from Ben Foster with a long-range effort. At the other end Darron Gibson forced Howard into a save with yet another shot from distance. The game went to extra time and then penalties, where Berbatov and Ferdinand both missed United’s first two penalties, with Phil Jagielka proving the Everton hero slotting home winning penalty. (Short highlights of the shoot-out can be seen here, longer highlights here.)

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Tottenham 1 – Newcastle 0 (Premier League, April 19, 2009) Newcastle fell behind at White Hart Lane with a goal the typifies their current woes, Modric’s low pass for Keane was cut out by Bassong, the balled to roll to Darren Bent who, on the second attempt after Harper had saved, fired in the opener. (First half highlights here, second half highlights here.)

Manchester City 4 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, April 19, 2009) West Brom confirmed their Championship status in the early stages at Eastlands, Steven Ireland was the linchpin in an early move that saw the bald headed midfielder deliver a cross that Robinho crashed home on the volley. 21 minutes in and it was 2-nil, Meite headed a corner straight up into the air and, with no Baggie taking responsibility, Nedum Onuoha stormed in to nod in the second. Chris Brunt restored some hope with a clean left-footed strike from the edge of the box. (First half highlights here.) After the break West Brom pulled level, Chris Brunt claiming his second goal by sticking out a leg from an inswinging free-kick. But the euphoria did not last long, Elano restoring City’s lead from the spot after the Brazilian was himself fouled in the box. Daniel Sturridge made the game safe with a fourth deep into injury time. (Second half highlights here.)