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West Ham beat Everton in thrilling FA Cup tie

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If you still think that the FA Cup no longer has the magic that it used to have, then watch this quite special FA Cup replay at Upton Park. 

This game had everything you would have wanted.

It was end to end, it had goals, red cards and one of the best penalty shootouts the competition has ever seen. 

Cup drama

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored the winning penalty, which came on the 20th spot kick. That was after his opposite number, Joel Robles smashed his penalty against the crossbar. 

Stewart Downing dramatically spurned the chance to win the shootout earlier for West Ham but his soft penalty was saved.

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The reaction at Upton Park also proved that clubs still care about the FA Cup. The celebrations in the crowd and by the players themselves would have made anyone who would have just switched their TV on believe that they'd actually won the cup!

A pulsating match

It's fair to say that when the two teams trudged off at half time with the score at 0-0, you would not have envisaged what was about to happen.  

The game crackled into life in the second half and within 6 minutes of the restart, West Ham took the lead when, Andy Carroll slotted the ball through to, Enner Valencia who arrowed his shot into the far corner to give the Hammers the lead. 

Things then went from bad to worse for Everton when Aiden McGeady received a second yellow card for a nasty challenge on Mark Noble. 

West Ham had a fantastic opportunity to put the tie to bed. They perhaps should have made it 2-0 when James Collins' powerful header from a Stewart Downing corner was superbly saved by Robles. 

The Hammers were left to rue that missed chance. Everton substitute, Kevin Mirallas curled in a stunning free kick that, along with another Robles save late on, sent the tie to extra time. 

Mirallas was involved again as he skipped past 4 West Ham players and his low cross was met by his fellow countryman, Romelu Lukaku who scored his second goal in a week against the Hammers. 

The Hammers did get the goal they arguably deserved when a Downing corner again caused problems. James Tomkins towered above Jon Stones to head across goal for substitute, Carlton Cole to tap in the equaliser. Bedlam at Upton Park. 

The shootout

We then went onto the penalty shootout. It was a shootout of high quality penalties. Only three of the twenty taken were missed, not forgetting one of those was the goal keeper. 

West Ham were handed the early initiative when Steven Naismith missed what was Everton's second penalty. 

Downing was the only outfield player to miss after that though it was the miss that took the shootout to sudden death. 

It was encouraging to see so many English players scoring penalties and scoring them well. Ten English players scored in this shootout which perhaps gives us hope for the upcoming European Championships.

Adrian's penalty had to be the pick of the bunch. The majority of penalty's end up in the bottom corner of the net so it was hard to pick the best one. 

Carl Jenkinson will argue his penalty which he smashed into the back of the net was the best but the award has to go to Adrian. The keeper struck it like a Centre Forward and he kept his cool to send his side through. 

West Ham will now face Bristol City in the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

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Romelu Lukaku
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Carlton Cole
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