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Tevez leads City into FA Cup semis, Wigan beat Everton

Last updated on: March 10, 2013 07:26 IST

Manchester City's Argentina striker Carlos Tevez scored a hat-trick two days after he was arrested as they cruised past Barnsley 5-0 to join history makers Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Tevez, held by English police on Thursday for allegedly driving while disqualified, took his goals tally for the season to 15 in all competitions with clinical finishing against the Championship (second division) club.

Wigan had earlier stunned Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park to reach the last four of the Cup for the first time in their 81-year history.

Roberto Martinez's side, facing another Premier League relegation battle, were underdogs but effectively settled the contest with three goals in four amazing first-half minutes from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez.

On Sunday, Millwall face Blackburn Rovers in an all-Championship quarter-final and Premier League leaders Manchester United meet Chelsea in the remaining tie of the round.

Both semi-finals will take place at Wembley on the weekend of April 13 and 14.

Tevez, 29, justified his manager's faith in him at the Etihad Stadium, scoring in the 11th, 31st and 50th minutes before being substituted 14 minutes from time.

"If it has this effect on him, I hope the police can stop him every day," Roberto Mancini was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Callum McManaman (left) of Wigan Athletic scores

Italian Mancini is aiming to guide City to their second FA Cup triumph in three seasons and their sixth in total.

Barnsley were outclassed throughout and never looked like even challenging their opponents once Tevez put the Premier League champions ahead with a tap-in after keeper Luke Steele had pushed David Silva's flick on to the post.

Tevez provided the second for Aleksandar Kolarov, who finished with an unerring, low shot across Steele, and Tevez made it 3-0 before the break from close range after collecting another Silva pass.

He rounded off his treble just after halftime, turning home Samir Nasri's cut-back.

Silva completed the scoring in the 65th minute after Tevez's shot had been parried by Steele.

"We scored quickly and scored three in the first half. After that it was finished," Mancini told ESPN.

BOOED OFF

At Goodison Park, Everton, five-times winners of England's premier cup competition and runners-up in 2009, were booed off by their disbelieving fans as they trailed 3-0 at the interval.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told ITV: "I think we deserve a little bit of credit, we stopped them from being dangerous. We knew when to keep the ball, when to go forward, and we looked a real threat every time we got into the final third."

Wigan's appearance in the semi-final at Wembley will be poignant for their chairman, Dave Whelan.

Whelan was 23 when he broke his leg at the famous stadium while playing for Blackburn in the 1960 FA Cup final against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves won 3-0 and the injury ended Whelan's top-flight playing career.

Now 76, Whelan was on his feet in celebration as his team waltzed through their first Cup quarter-final since 1987.

Everton were so poor in the first half it was hard to believe they stand sixth in the Premier League table.

David Moyes was hoping to mark nearly 11 years in charge at the club with a third FA Cup semi-final in five seasons, but his side produced their worst performance this term.

"We've not had many of those days this season, probably not had many of those days since January last year," said Moyes, who is out of contract at the end of the season and will now face increased speculation over his future.

Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney gave Everton fair warning after 11 minutes, cutting in from the left and bending a right-foot shot from the edge of the area on to Jan Mucha's post.

Mucha, the Slovakian keeper standing in for the injured Tim Howard, was offered little protection by his defenders.

On the half-hour Figueroa was unchallenged at a corner and headed home the opener at the far post.

Everton captain Phil Neville then misplaced a simple pass in midfield, allowing McManaman to advance on goal and clip a neat finish past Mucha.

Wigan were not finished and their third was the best of the lot. Striker Arouna Kone fed Gomez from the byline and he opened the face of his left foot to stroke a low, curling effort around midfielder Leon Osman and into the bottom corner.

Everton improved after the break but it was not until injury time that they seriously threatened Wigan's goal, Joel Robles saving sharply from Osman.

Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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