Everton FC moved up to fourth in the Premier League on a day when a number of teams boosted their survival hopes.
A minute's silence was observed prior to every top-flight fixture in order to mark the Hillsborough disaster, which occurred 25 years ago on Tuesday.
With the top three in the Premier League all in action on Sunday, and Arsenal FC on FA Cup semi-final duty later on Saturday, Everton duly capitalised, winning 1-0 at bottom-placed Sunderland AFC to go fourth, above the Gunners. In sixth are Tottenham Hotspur FC, who were three down at West Bromwich Albion FC after 31 minutes but secured a 3-3 draw courtesy of Christian Eriksen's 94th-minute effort.
West Brom are now only three points clear of Fulham FC, who are third from bottom but just two points off Norwich City FC – and safety – following a 1-0 triumph over the Canaries. Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal of the game. Cardiff City AFC, a point shy of Fulham, also increased their chances of avoiding the drop by winning 1-0 at Southampton FC, Cala with the decisive strike.
Crystal Palace FC won by the same scoreline against Aston Villa FC and are now seven points clear of the bottom three. Stoke City FC were also 1-0 victors – over Newcastle United FC – in the day's other fixture.
Arsenal FC moved a step closer to their first major trophy since 2005, beating Wigan Athletic FC to book their place in the the FA Cup final. Second-tier Wigan, the holders, went in front through Jordi Gómez's second-half spot kick, but the Gunners drew level courtesy of Per Mertesacker's 82nd-minute header. Though they could not find a winner in extra time, Arsenal ultimately prevailed 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out. Arsène Wenger's side will play the winners of Sunday's semi-final between third division Sheffield United FC and Hull City AFC.
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