Chelsea forward Diego Costa received his first red card in the colours of the club after he was sent off after biting involving Gareth Barry during Everton’s 2-0 win in the FA Cup against the Blues.
A brace from former Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku sent the Toffees through to the semifinals but the incident involving Costa and Barry stole the headlines as both players saw red in the encounter.
Chelsea lost for the second time in a row as they were beaten 2-0 by Everton in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Everton wasted no time to show their intentions as Thibaut Courtois was forced into the first save of the match as he keept Tom Cleverley’s effort out.
The Tofees kept the pressure up as James McCarthy fed Aaron Lennon but Kenedy and Ivanovic checked the progress of the winger down the left and then the offside flag was raised against him.
But Chelsea would get an attack of their own as Kenedy and Pedro combine very nicely down the left and the Brazilian smacks our first shot over. Mikel then superbly turned his way out of trouble on the halfway and sets Willian racing away but his shot was blocked.
A stop-start affair it was at this point as neither side seem intent of pushing boundaries with the majority of possession being shared in midfield.
Everton then surge with an attack down the left but Matic heads Baines’s delivery away at the near post. And a second cross in is too high for the leaping Lukaku.
Down at the other end, Kenedy wins the ball off Lennon and sets off towards the Everton goal, but he runs into Jagielka and can’t hold it but a Cesc Fabregas pass found Pedro who gets on to the through pass ahead of Robles but can’t keep the ball in play.
Tom Cleverly them came close again for Everton as he connected a pass from the left but his effort was comfortably saved by Courtois, and that would be the last piece of action in the first half.
Everton started the second half with a much increased tempo as Lennon sought to get the better of Kenedy as well as Cleverly and McCarthy moving the ball out of the midfield faster resulting in consecutive throw-ins and corner-kicks, but Chelsea kept holding on.
And the Premier League champions attacked but Joel Robles, in gial for Everton, backtracks to keep a deep Pedro cross out of harm’s way and then Diego couldn’t make space for a shot.
Down the other end Cahill produced a perfect tackle, timed immaculately, to stop Lukaku racing away as the Belgian was put through with a fine ball by Ross Barkley.
Diego Costa then went very close for Chelsea as his ball beat Robles only to just flash across the face of goal with no one to connect.
The game had sprung into life at this point with both sides now looking to make a headway but the Tofees were the better as they attacked with more intent and purpose.
A Barkley ball found Lukaku, who in turn found Lennon but Gary Cahill, having a good game for Chelsea, was again on hand to intercept.
Everton however kept the pressure up and it would be the turn of Barkley to miss an opportunity as his shot from the left went way over the goal for a Chelsea goalkick.
Romelu Lukaku would give Everton the lead after a fine solo run down the right as he went past four Chelsea players before slotting the ball past Courtois in goal for Chelsea, much to the appreciation of the Goodison Park faithful.
And the Belgian would make it two after he was kept on side by Kenedy. He recieved a nice pass and with the Chelsea defence thinking they had formed the perfect offside trap but he was kept on by Kenedy, and his shot went between the legs of Courtois.
Shortly after, Costa was shown a red card after he appeared to bite Phil Jagielka on the neck. The fiery striker was fouled by the Everton captain but went on to chase after Jagielka as he sought to retaliate despite the referee giving a free-kick in his favour.
Everton were then also reduced to 10 men after Barry was shown a second yellow after a stupid foul on Fabregas.
Everton have now progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after an impressive second half to see off the former champions.
Speaking on the incident, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “I can’t comment if Diego Costa did anything. It is a game full of emotions and there were two sending offs, the referee played a very good game.”