It's a typically subdued celebration from Sherwood. Just a few leaps, hugs and hand shakes with anyone in his vicinity. He fully deserves it. As effective as Villa were today, Liverpool were lifeless at times. They may feel slightly aggrieved after Mario Balotelli was wrongly ruled offside having put the ball in the back of the net, but they can have little excuse for this defeat.


That's it! There will be no fairytale ending for Steven Gerrard. Liverpool are out of the FA Cup and Aston Villa march onto the final where they will meet Arsenal. It is fully deserved too, Tim Sherwood got his tactics spot on this afternoon and Brendan Rodgers had no answer to it.



Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool


Oh, Lovren, what are you playing at?! Liverpool are pressing and the ball falls to the centre half 40 yards out. Obviously he takes the shot on. Obviously it flies horribly over the bar.


Henderson finds a yard of space and swings a cross into the box. Balotelli outmuscles his marker but can only power a header over the bar.


Four minutes added on. Four minutes for Liverpool to find an equaliser.


Balotelli has the ball in the back of the net! It won't count though, as the Italian has been ruled offside. Replays suggest he certainly wasn't.


Gerrard's effort is cleared off the line! The Liverpool skipper meets a cross with a fine looping header that is veering into the top corner, but Richardson is well placed to nod it clear.


Balotelli wins a corner and Lovren is on the end of Gerrard's delivery, but powers his diving header well over the bar.


A change for Villa as the very impressive Grealish is replaced by Joe Cole.


Nope. A tame effort is floated straight into the arms of Shay Given. Nothing to see here.


Balotelli and Coutinho combine on the edge of the box before the Brazilian is tripped by Delph. 25 yards out, can Steven Gerrard produce?


Can shows good determination down the right to win a corner for his side. Gerrard's delivery is headed away, only as far as Allen however, but he sees his shot charged down. Villa take advantage and spring clear on the break through Benteke and Grealish but their one two breaks down at the pivotal moment with Moreno intercepting.


What have Liverpool got then? With 20 minutes remaining, they are yet to really pick themselves up after Villa took the lead. N'Zogbia drives towards the Liverpool backline and eventually releases Benteke, but he held onto the ball for far too long and the Belgian is correctly ruled offside.


Nick Howson at Wembley

"Giving Christian Benteke and Jack Grealish the freedom of Wembley is coming back to bite Liverpool who are behind for the first time through Fabian Delph's early second half goal.

"Though Mario Balotelli has come on as the focal point in the Liverpool attack, the Reds look rudderless with Steven Gerrard increasingly cutting a forlorn figure.

"His bow in a Liverpool shirt is at this stage unlikely to come in next month's final. Villa worth their lead."


Grealish does brilliantly again, playing a first time pass to Benteke before continuing his run into the box. Lovren just about gets to the ball ahead of him, but can only prod it into the path of Richardson on the edge of the box. He takes a first time shot, but shanks is horribly over the bar.


Liverpool are panicking a bit at the back now. Two defenders go for the same ball. None of them get it, allowing Benteke to take possession on the edge of the box. He's forced wide however and is unable work it back into the box.


Villa turn it around! Delph starts the move, spraying a ball out to Benteke down the inside left. The Belgian brilliantly backheels the ball into the path of Grealish who plays an excellent reverse ball into the box to find Delph who had continued his run. His first touch is excellent, guiding the ball past Lovren before slotting the ball home at the near post. It's another sublime team goal from Villa.


Goal! Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool (Fabian Delph)


Villa threaten again as Bacuna lifts a ball in from the right that Benteke catches on the volley but his effort takes a deflection before its collected by Mignolet.


Grealish, who enjoyed an outstanding first half, drifts past a few Liverpool defenders before cutting the ball infield to N'Zogbia. He takes the shot on, but it is a fairly woeful effort that flies over the bar.


We are just about ready for the second half at Wembley and Mario Balotelli will enter the fray for Liverpool, replacing Lazar Markovic.


Nick Howson at Wembley

"The old adage of a goal changing a game has never been more true than at Wembley where the second FA Cup semi-final has been sparked into life.

"Philippe Coutinho had Liverpool ahead with a nicely worked goal after substitute Jores Okore failed to clear, but within six minutes Villa were level as Christian Benteke finished clinically.

"Both goals has seen the shackles relinquished and either side could have been ahead at the break. As it is, we have a fascinating second half in prospect."



Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool