90’ - There’s the final whistle, and Everton are through to the next round of the FA Cup, to play the winner of Wycombe Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur.
86’ - Everton’s last two subs are Tyler Onyango and Thierry Small, with the later now becoming the youngest player ever to make a competitive appearance for the Everton senior side.
83’ - James sees Bernard’s run but the ball is blocked, falls to a charging Kenny who balloons it way over.
77’ - Some subs on for the Blues now. Bernard, Jonjoe Kenny and Anthony Gordon all on, for DCL, Richarlison and Godfrey respectively.
73’ - Josh Windass (snigger) with a freekick that’s straight at Olsen, and he collects well.
64’ - Almost four! DCL chips the onrushing goalie but a defender gets in behind and heads clear. The resulting inswinging corner from Sig causes chaos before being eventually cleared.
61’ - James finds Richy with a beauty and he almost scores, parried just wide of the far post.
James’ inswinging corner is scored! Mina rises highest and heads home easily!
59’ - Richy! Goal! Delightful inswinging corner from James is headed in perfectly by the Brazilian, no chance for the goalie. Everton lead 2-0.
56’ - Richy feeds DCL whose near-post shot is saved well by Wildsmith. Corner from James, taken short and his cross is whipped in. Godfrey wins a corner on the opposite side.
Sig takes, ball bounces loose to Doucoure who flays it wide with a defender sliding in on him.
54’ - Chance! A freekick from a dangerous area on the left for the Blues, curled into the box and deflected by a defender, Ben Godfrey can get his head to it but it’s wide.
46’ - Second half underway.
Half Time, Everton 1 (Calvert-Lewin) - Sheffield Wednesday 0
The Blues have looked very good at times, passing the ball beautifully with James orchestrating play and midfielders Sigurdsson, Gomes and Doucoure all very involved. Richarlison has looked hungry and we can all be relieved that DCL has ended his goal drought.
45’ - There will be a minute added on. Nothing eventful happens and there’s the whistle.
44’ - Paterson clatters Olsen who cleared the ball well, and then the pair are exchanging some words. The ref doesn’t see a foul there, strangely enough.
41’ - Delightful through-ball from James finds Seamus Coleman screaming down the right touchline, his centre somehow eludes Richarlison who had a defender on his shoulder.
37’ - Another chance! Beautiful build-up play, ball comes to Sig who has a chance to curl it into the far post but it’s over and wide. The Blues have certainly executed some excellent, intricate football, but that is to be expected when playing lower league opposition.
34’ - Everton interception in the midfield allows for a quick break, Sigurdsson curls in a wicked cross into the box that is inches away from both DCL and Richy!
29’ - Goal! There it is! Sigurdsson holds the ball up on the left in the box, finds Gomes who makes a run and his low cross beats Wildsmith but not DCL who is sliding in at the back post to put the Blues ahead!
28’ - The Owls are playing an open game throwing men upfront for the attack, which is working our perfectly for the Blues who are finding plenty of space to run into.
27’ - DCL can backheel to an unmarked Sig but misses the ball inside the box.
Then James cuts into the box and has a chance for a left-footed shot but it’s well-blocked.
24’ - Two corners in quick succession for the Blues, both inswingers from James Rodriguez and Sigurdsson respectively, but cleared by the visitors.
16’ - Chance for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but his stabbed shot from a narrow angle is straight at Wildsmith when Gylfi Sigurdsson was available in the six yard box.
15’ - Another shot on goal for Wednesday, this time it’s Greene who tests Olsen who collects comfortably.
12’ - Goal!! A delightful ball through the backline for Richarlison to run onto, he tucks it just inside the post past the goalie... but the offside flag is up. He was off by just a bit.
8’ - Ooh chance for Richy! A lovely header from a deep cross that looks like it’s going over goalie Wildsmith and in, but he pushes it over for a corner. Corner is cleared confidently by the Owls, who have not been overawed so far.
4’ - Reach with a shot from distance warms Robin Olsen’s palms. Parried away for a corner which is overhit and the Blues have a chance to break.
1’ - We’re underway at Goodison, come on you Blues!
Starting lineups - Ancelotti has gone with a pretty strong XI here, a couple of youngsters get a look-in on the bench too.
Everton were last in action 12 days ago, and it feels like an eternity has passed in that interval with all the other teams around them continuing to play.
The Blues return to action in the FA Cup today, hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the Fourth Round behind closed doors at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti has already indicated that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will start, and the pair of Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are being tested with a game against Leicester City coming up on Wednesday.
The Blues got an early goal in the previous round against Rotherham United and promptly allowed the lower league side to dominate the rest of the game; Ancelotti will be looking to ensure his side do not repeat that mistake today.
Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round
Date and start time: Sunday, January 24th at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m ET / 8:00 p.m. BST
Capacity: 39,572 [Behind closed doors]
Weather: 34°F/1°C, partly cloudy, 2% chance of precipitation, 6 mph winds
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The Blues have come up against the Owls twice this century, both times in the League Cup Third Round. A brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin settled it in the 2019-20 season, while two from James McFadden and one from Aiyegbeni ‘The Yak’ Yakubu led to a 3-0 win at Wednesday in the 2007-08 season.