FA Cup Crystal Palace and 10-man Everton set for FA Cup replay after stalemate

Crystal Palace and Everton’s Emirates FA Cup third-round tie will go to a replay following a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park on Thursday night.

Looking to build on the weekend’s win over Brentford, Palace were first to hit the target after three minutes. Jean-Philippe Mateta’s knock-down on the edge of the box gave Schlupp the chance to strike a first-time volley goalwards.

His effort bounced up and tested Everton goalkeeper’s Joao Virginia’s handling amidst slippy conditions. At the other end, Arnaut Danjuma provided the majority of the visitors’ early threat.

Clever feet from Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the edge of the box created space for the Dutchman to take a touch and side-foot an effort goalwards; Chris Richards did well to get across and deflect it into the side-netting.

In the second half, a bouncing ball saw Calvert-Lewin contest possession with Nathaniel Clyne, the Everton forward scraping the full-back’s standing leg with his outstretched boot. The on-field decision was to play on but, following a lengthy VAR review, the visiting attacker received a straight red card.

That granted Palace the impetus to go on and, buoyed by fresh legs in attack, and Naouirou Ahamada swept a shot across before goal before Eze’s excellent touch made space for a strike which was deflected over the bar.

In the final knockings, Eze wound up an effort from 25 yards which Virgínia did well to get down low and turn around the bar.

But ultimately nothing could separate the two sides, despite nine minutes of added time – and both were forced to settle for a replay at Goodison Park.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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