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Dublin: 4°C Wednesday 20 January 2021

Villa off to Wembley despite Grealish red card and pitch invaders

Tim Sherwood’s men have done the double over rivals West Brom in the space of a week.

Soccer - FA Cup - Sixth Round - Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion - Villa Park Fabian Delph was on the scoresheet. Source: Nick Potts

ASTON VILLA ARE the first team into the FA Cup semi-finals after a 2-0 win over West Brom.

Villa had snatched a 2-1 victory when the teams met in the Premier League during the week and they went in front on 51 minutes this afternoon through Fabian Delph.

Ireland U21 international Jack Grealish was introduced on 74 minutes and he set up Scott Sinclair to give Tim Sherwood’s side a two-goal cushion.

West Brom’s Claudio Yacob was then sent off after picking up a second yellow and, injury time, Grealish was also given his marching orders by referee Anthony Taylor — a second caution was issued for diving.

Soccer - FA Cup - Sixth Round - Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion - Villa Park Grealish is shown a red card. Source: EMPICS Sport

In the closing seconds, a number of Villa fans invaded the pitch before the stands poured on at the final whistle.

And look at the linesman go…


In the day’s other FA Cup game, Reading will meet at the Madejski Stadium for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals after playing out a goalless draw at Valley Parade.

The West Yorkshire outfit have developed a reputation for pulling off upsets in recent seasons, most notably seeing off Premier League leaders Chelsea in the fourth round of this year’s competition, but were unable to get the better of their Championship opposition.

Soccer - FA Cup - Sixth Round - Bradford City v Reading - Valley Parade Reading striker Yakubu with an effort. Source: Lynne Cameron

Pavel Pogrebnyak struck the left-hand post shortly before the half-hour mark as Reading looked to break the deadlock, but Bradford responded by finding the woodwork at the other end through Gary Liddle.

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