Ten-man Everton earn Emirates FA Cup replay at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace and Everton must meet again to determine who will feature in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round proper following a goalless draw at a sodden Selhurst Park.

The opening third round proper tie of 2023/24 was short of chances throughout, Jefferson Lerma and Eberechi Eze missing Palace’s best openings while Toffees winger Arnaut Danjuma saw two efforts kept out by Dean Henderson.

Everton were a man light in the closing stages following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s sending off but Palace could not make their numerical advantage count despite nine minutes of added time.

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Both sides named strong line-ups for the all-Premier League clash and the visitors were quicker to settle.

Danjuma was a constant threat inside the first 20 minutes, seeing one effort deflected into the side netting from a tight angle before forcing Dean Henderson into a fine save after being played through by Jack Harrison.

Palace grew into the contest as the half wore on and a promising run by Matheus Franca, making his full debut for the club, ended when he was bundled over by James Tarkowski only for Eze to fire the free-kick over from 20 yards.

Franca then forced Henderson into action when he diverted a low corner towards his own goal but the England international reacted well to save with his feet.

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Lerma fired over with Palace’s best chance of the first half and the hosts started strongly in the second, Eze forcing Joao Virginia into his first meaningful save of the evening with a fierce effort which the Portuguese stopper was equal to.

At the other end, Calvert-Lewin’s tame shot when well placed was easily held by Henderson and Amadou Onana headed over as both sides continued to lack spark in the final third.

Danjuma was again denied by Henderson on 74 minutes, the winger striking straight at the goalkeeper when a loose ball broke his way in the area.

Play was then halted for a VAR review and referee Chris Kavanagh opted to show Calvert-Lewin a red card for his challenge on Nathaniel Clyne earlier in the move.

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Substitute Naouirou Ahamada fired narrowly wide as the home crowd began to sense a late winner may be possible but the visitors continued to pose a threat, James Garner and Harrison both blazing over from inside the area.

Virginia tipped another Eze effort around the post as Palace forced a string of late corners but the five-time winners held firm and will welcome the Eagles to Goodison Park for a replay later this month.

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