Same celebration. Different game.
Don’t let the picture deceive you; three days after his goal against Swansea, Nikica Jelavić is celebrating again. This time he slammed home past Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the 24th minute off a fantastic cross from teammate Magaye Gueye. The near post one-timer was cool and collected as Jelavić didn’t overdue it. The goal put Everton up 1-0 in their FA Cup quarterfinal replay against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. During the match, Jelavić had a total of five shots, with four being on goal.
Although he scored the opening goal, Jelavić was criticized for not finishing clear chances on goal.
“Listen, he’s been brilliant since he came here. He has changed a lot of our games. The way he holds up the ball is excellent and he brings others into play. It doesn’t matter if he misses. He scored tonight and we all work hard for each other anyway. We have each other’s backs here.”
-Everton captain, Tim Cahill
During the second half, Jelavić was given an assist by ‘the statsman’ for his cross through the box which was ultimately going nowhere. Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan attempted to stop the ball but ended up clumsily kicking it into his own net. The 2-0 scoreline would hold up seeing Everton clinch a FA Cup semifinal berth, where they will face crosstown rivals Liverpool on April 14th at Wembley.
Jelavić goal @ 0:52, own goal @ 2:08
In other FA Cup news, Luka Modrić got the start for Tottenham in their rematch (not replay) with the Bolton Wanderers Tuesday night. The original match was abandoned due to the collapse of Bolton player Fabrice Muamba 41 minutes through. After a scoreless first half, Spurs finally got on the board in the 74′ after bombing Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan the entire match. Gareth Bale would add one more moments later to make it 2-0 Tottenham.
However, Bolton’s Ivan Klasnić would make things interesting in the final minutes, whipping in a perfect cross from the sideline to Kevin Davies to make it 2-1 in injury time. It wouldn’t be for Bolton as Louis Saha would add an insurance goal for a 3-1 Spurs win. Niko Kranjčar remained on the bench.
Tottenham will now play London rivals Chelsea on April 15th in the second FA Cup semifinal from Wembley.
Modrić shot (0:14) Klasnić assist (4:52)