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Wednesday 28 March 2012

Tuesday's football round-up

Chelsea win in UEFA Champions League while Spurs and Everton reach FA Cup semi-finals

Salomon Kalou scored from close range to put Chelsea in the driving seat against Benfica

UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg
Benfica 0-1 Chelsea

Salomon Kalou scored a crucial away goal to give Chelsea victory over Benfica in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg in Lisbon.

The Barclays Premier League side produced an impressive performance at the Stadium of Light with Raul Meireles going close before Juan Mata hit the post from an angle after rounding the goalkeeper.

Benfica struggled to create clear-cut chances but Chelsea's David Luiz was forced to clear off the line from Oscar Cardozo while Jardel's header was saved by Petr Cech.

Chelsea's breakthrough came with 15 minutes left to play when Fernando Torres broke down the right and his clever square ball was tapped home by Kalou.

The second leg takes place at Stamford Bridge on 4th April.

FA Cup quarter-final
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

Tottenham reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup after defeating Bolton Wanderers on an emotionally-charged night at White Hart Lane.

The quarter-final tie was re-arranged after the first match on 17th March was abandoned when Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba had a cardiac arrest during the first half. Muamba is continuing to recover at the London Chest Hospital.

Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made a host of superb saves before Tottenham's Ryan Nelson headed in after 74 minutes, with Gareth Bale finishing off a sweeping counter-attack three minutes later.

Captain Kevin Davies gave Bolton hope with a late goal, but Louis Saha sealed victory with a superb strike in injury time to ensure Tottenham progress to face Chelsea in the semis.

FA Cup quarter-final replay
Sunderland 0-2 Everton

Everton booked an FA Cup semi-final against Merseyside rivals Liverpool after recording a deserved last-eight victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Striker Nikica Jelavic gave Everton the lead on 24 minutes with a cute finish into the corner from a Magaye Gueye cross.

Everton doubled their lead 12 minutes after half-time through a David Vaughan own goal after Marouane Fellaini had teed up Jelavic.

Sunderland's best chance fell to Stephane Sessegnon, who hit the post, while Jelavic and Gueye both missed second-half chances for Everton.

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Key Points

  • Kalou gives Chelsea first-leg win at Benfica in UEFA Champions League
  • Spurs reach FA Cup semis with a 3-1 victory over Bolton
  • Everton also book last-four place by beating Sunderland