Howard Saves Penalty in FA Cup Victory

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In the 4th Round of FA Cup action, Chelsea and Everton’s 1-1 replay was decided by the 10th penalty taker, Everton captain Phil Neville. Home side Chelsea went on top in the 14th minute of extra time courtesy of Frank Lampard, but with less than two minutes to play a spectacular Leighton Baines free kick sent the match to penalties.

Baines, though, couldn’t beat Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech twice in succession. The Everton left back took his squad’s first penalty but failed to place the ball beyond Cech. Tim Howard, who made five saves in regulation and extra time, later pawed away a Nicolas Anelka shot to bring Everton back into contention. After Ashley Cole skied his effort over the bar, Everton’s skipper coolly sent his team to the next round.

With both sides boasting impressive FA Cup experience – Cole has won the tournament more than any other player and Howard stopped a pair of Manchester United penalties two years ago – the match lived up to its potential. But a Howard error should have cost his team dearly.

In the 45th, Chelsea midfielder Ramires appeared to have a clear case for a penalty against America’s No. 1. Ramires beat Howard to a ball in the box and though Howard didn’t touch the midfielder, he clearly caused Ramires to have to change his path. Instead of being awarded a penalty that would have won the game in regulation, Ramires was given a penalty for diving.

Other than that one big mistake (Howard probably didn’t need to leave his line at all), Howard was outstanding. The penalty stop will be foremost in memory but an earlier save was even better. When Everton’s defenders allowed an unmarked Lampard to shoot from inside the 6-yard box, Howard thrust out his right foot and not only stopped an easy goal, he also flicked the ball out of danger.

Everton’s next opponent will be Championship participants Reading. More magic from Howard and Baines should see Everton through to the quarterfinals.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    Gah! wish i could have watched. my favorite position is goalie and i love watching a good goalie strut his stuff

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