Top Five: FA Cup derbies

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Liverpool and Everton, and Chelsea and Tottenham face derby semi-final showdowns after the FA Cup semi-final draw threw the rival clubs together in the final stages of the oldest cup competition in existence.


Of course, for Tottenham and Everton at least, there is the small matter of making their way past Bolton and Sunderland respectively before they can fully start preparing for their semi-final showdowns.


But with two mouth-watering ties in prospect, GMF has put together a list of the best F.A Cup derby battles to get you in the mood.


Everton 2-3 Liverpool - F.A Cup Final, 1989


Set against the backdrop of the Hillsbrough disaster, the 1989 F.A Cup final was always likely to be an emotional affair.


Billed as the ‘friendly final’, both sides provided a fitting memorial for those who lost their lives in the disaster. For much of the game John Aldridge’s early effort looked to be the difference between the two sides before Stuart McCall grabbed a late equaliser.


The game then went into overdrive as Ian Rush put his side in the driving seat only for McCall to level the scores again, before Rush had the final say to help Liverpool win the cup.


Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal - F.A Cup Semi-Final, 1991


Surely everyone knows the story of the 1991 F.A Cup semi final between Arsenal and Tottenham by now.


Gazza’s free-kick lives long in the memory as one of the finest F.A Cup goals of all time while Gary Linekar’s early effort put Spurs in dreamland and into a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes.


Alan Smith hauled Arsenal back into the game before half time but Linekar’s strike 78th minute strike put the tie to bed.


Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City - F.A Cup fifth Round, 2004


Long before this season’s classic F.A Cup encounter between City and United, the two Manchester teams were going for the kill back in 2004 as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side prevailed in a frantic encounter.


Manchester United was forced to play much of the game without Gary Neville, who was sent off by referee Jeff Winter for head-butting Steve McManaman after 34 minutes with his side in the lead already thanks to a close range Paul Scholes effort.


A close, tetchy game ensued before all hell broke loose with twenty minutes to go as Ruud van Nistelrooy made it 2-0 and Cristiano Ronaldo put his side three up.


City hit back through Michael Tarnat only for Van Nistelrooy to grab his second, before Robbie Fowler scored with four minutes left to round off a madcap game of football.


Everton 4-4 Liverpool - F.A Cup fifth Round, 1991


Another Merseyside derby makes out list of classic F.A Cup derby games. While it might not be an F.A Cup final the fifth round tie between Everton and Liverpool in '91 provided more than its fair share of drama.


Peter Beardsley and Graeme Sharp were at the heart of the action as they traded braces to make it 2-2 before Ian Rush struck against Everton once again to make it 3-2 to the red half of Merseyside.


A young Tony Cottee made it 3-3 but John Barnes had seemingly put his side in the next round when Cottee struck again to force a replay.


The game marked Kenny Dalglish’s last game in charge during his first managerial spell and Everton went on to win the replay.


Southampton 1-4 Portsmouth - F.A Cup fifth Round, 2010


Portsmouth’s magical run to the final in 2010 was kick-started with a desperately needed win that offered Pompey fans some hope after news of their impending financial doom had broken beforehand.


Ahead of a high court date that would make or break their future, Avram Grant’s side looked set to be knocked out of the F.A Cup at the hands of their south coast rivals.


Southampton had complete control of the game but thanks to a combination of excellent goalkeeping and poor finishing could not break the deadlock.


The on-loan Quincy Owusu-Abeyie put Pompey in the lead against the run of play, only for Rickie Lambert’s header gave the Saints just what they deserved; an equaliser.


In a pulsating second hald Southampton appeared to run out of steam as Aruna Dindane, Nadir Belhadj and Jamie O’Hara helped Pompey run riot and add three more goals all in ten second half minutes.

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