Everton’s Donovan Betters Fulham’s Dempsey In 1st Meeting In EPL
LONDON (AP) – Landon Donovan set up both goals for Everton, which rallied to beat Fulham and Clint Dempsey 2-1 Friday night for a berth in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
With the two biggest stars on the U.S. national team facing each other for the first time in six years, Danny Murphy put Fulham ahead at Goodison Park with a 14th-minute penalty kick that beat American goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Donovan’s cross from the right flank was headed in by Denis Stracqualursi in the 27th minute for his first goal for Everton. Again passing the extreme right side, Donovan’s cross was headed in by Marouane Fellaini in the 73rd minute.
Teammates on the last two U.S. World Cup teams, Donovan and Dempsey had not faced each other since May 6, 2006, when Dempsey’s New England Revolution beat Donovan’s Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0. This was only the seventh time they played against each other overall.
Donovan was playing the sixth game of his second loan spell from the Galaxy to Everton. Dempsey has been with Fulham since 2007.
Dempsey, who had scored two hat tricks in his previous three games for Fulham, headed over the crossbar at the start of the second half following a cross by Bryan Ruiz. Donovan came close with a shot across goal from distance.
Fulham had progressed in the FA Cup on all four previous occasions it had been drawn against Everton. The Cottagers were awarded the penalty kick after a hand ball call on John Heitinga by referee Howard Webb.
In Friday’s other fourth-round game, Tottenham won 1-0 at second-tier Watford on Rafael van der Vaart’s 42nd-minute goal.
Manchester United is at Liverpool in one of 12 FA Cup matches Saturday, with the other two games scheduled for Sunday.