FA Cup: Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace to see
Second-half substitute Andre Gray scored two minutes after allowing Watford to advance to the FA Cup semi-finals with a win at Crystal Palace on Vicarage Road.
The Hornets had already dominated the instinctive arrival of Etienne Capoue before Michy Batshuayi qualified for the Eagles, finishing coldly after dispossess Adrian Mariappa.
Shortly after replacing Will Hughes, Gray dismissed Vincente Guaita for his club to participate only in their sixth FA Cup semi-final.
After taking the advantage, the hosts of the game looked more likely to score while Troy Deeney saw a saved effort and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a crucial intervention to keep Gerard Deulofeu in the final phase .
Watford de Javi Gracia has now defeated Palace three times this season, having doubled the Premier League double.
Deulofeu featured as the changes brought by Gracia proved fruitful
"What an impact!" – Gray replaces Watford in front of Crystal Palace
Javi Gracia is preparing for Saturday's quarter-final by letting seven players rest for their championship game in Manchester City last weekend.
Even though it cost them their best chance of upset City at Etihad, Gracia's decision paid off as the Spaniard and his team now have a FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to prepare for. .
Deulofeu, who fought back against City, was their main threat throughout his career. His battle and trickery has been a constant thorn for the Eagles club.
It was the Spanish striker who first tested Vincente Guaita in the goal of the Palace, sneaking into space before unleashing a powerful shot as the hosts dominated the initial exchanges.
The Eagles goalkeeper, who was making his FA Cup debut, was under pressure throughout the first half and had already beaten several centers before the Hornets took advantage through Capua.
However, he quickly made amends by tipping another vicious Deulofeu shot over the bar, before denying ex-Everton and Barcelona's player, saving his free kick.
The intensity of Watford dropped in the second half and they were forced to pay when Batshuayi's leveled at the hour mark.
But after that, they regained control and Gray scored his winner shortly after his arrival – ending with aplomb after Pereyra found him in the center space of the area.
Heurelho Gomes, emotional, led the full-time celebrations on Vicarage Road. The 38-year-old goalkeeper is expected to retire at the end of the season, perhaps for a final day.
"It's sensational, I could not ask for more," Gomes told BBC Match of the Day. "It was amazing today, it was moving to be honest.
"The last five years have been great, I'm 99% sure I'll be retiring at the end of the season, but 1% have not decided yet, but that's what I expect two or two years ago. three years old, so I think that's the end of my career here. "
Hodgson left disappointed
Batshuayi finishes well to draw the level of the palace
Saturday's match only marked the FA Cup's second quarter-final of the past 24 years.
And although they recently had a good form to beat Watford in the FA Cup – winning the 2016 semifinal win between the two sides – they have not done enough to progress at Vicarage Road.
After a mediocre first half hour in which Watford goalkeeper Gomes was rarely put to the test, the Eagles emerged in the second half with new vigor and vigor.
Max Meyer forced Gomes to make a good dive early in the second half, before the Brazilian easily lost Andros Townsend's deflected free kick.
But the former Tottenham goalkeeper could not prevent the Palace leveler, Batshuayi ended coldly after grabbing Mariappa.
However, Palace was not able to bet on his equalizer to recreate his 2016 exploits, nor avenge his two defeats against Watford this season, as Gray's 79th-minute winner sent them home with nothing. .
Manager Roy Hodgson will be particularly disappointed – he has now lost three FA Cup quarter-finals – and at 71, this may have been his last chance to succeed in this competition.
The man of the match – Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)
Gerard Deulofeu was Watford's star man and a threat everywhere. He scored four goals at the top of the game and completed 88.9% of his passes.
"Extraordinary day for us" – what they said
Watford's director, Javi Gracia, addressing BBC Match of the Day: "It's amazing for all of us, for the players, the staff and the fans.
"This is an important day to have the chance to enjoy a semi-final, we keep the same level, well in competition and this is our goal for now.
"We put Andre Gray on the field, he still has a good chance to score and scores important goals for the team, he deserves it and I'm happy for him."
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson at the BBC match of the day: "It was a close game, again a game at this point of the season affected by the conditions – the wind was weak, and you can not put the ball on the ground as well. there was not much to do. " to say, they had a lot of turns and used the wind to their advantage.
"In the second half, we played a lot better, got a deserved equalizer and we felt we could score the second goal – it was the opposite, a good goal from Gray wins for Watford."
Hornets advance again to quarterfinals – statistics
- Watford has progressed since their last four FA Cup quarterfinal matches, also winning the 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2015-16 wins.
- Watford reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the seventh time, although he only reached the final once (1984 under Graham Taylor).
- Watford won three games against Crystal Palace in a season for the first time.
- Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson lost his three FA Cup quarterfinals as manager, also losing with Fulham in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
- Three of Etienne Capoue's four goals for Watford this season have been played in cup, including two in the FA Cup.
- Crystal Palace forward Michy Batshuayi scored in four appearances against Watford in all competitions with five goals scored.
The Eagles are back in the first division on Saturday, March 30, when they receive Huddersfield (15:00 GMT). Watford returns at the same time when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.