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Summary

  1. Well-worked Coutinho goal sends Reds through
  2. Mignolet saves from Rovers keeper late on
  3. Liverpool face Aston Villa in semi-finals
  4. Click 'Live Coverage' tab for 5 live reaction

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Now it is time for us to wave goodbye - and time for these two, plus thousands more Liverpool fans, to start planning their trip to Wembley.

Liverpool might have needed two bites at Championship side Blackburn, but they have finally booked their semi-final date at Wembley.

Aston Villa will be facing them there - for the right to face Arsenal or Reading in the FA Cup final. Stevie G's dream is still on...

Blackburn v Liverpool (19:45 BST)

Match of the Day

Missed any of the action? Highlights-tastic on BBC One in about 15 minutes, with Gabby Logan hosting Match of the Day reaction and analysis to events at Ewood Park.

Take note of the regional variations: 23:15 on BBC One NI and 23:40-00:10 BBC One Scotland. Enjoy.

Player reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet on opposite number Simon Eastwood's late chance: "It would have been very disappointing to concede to a goalkeeper in the last seconds."

Player reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

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Blackburn goalkeeper Simon Eastwood nearly earned himself a place in the club's folklore - by almost bagging a memorable stoppage-time equaliser. But his fierce low shot was stopped by opposite number Simon Mignolet.

"I got told to go up - the manager said go to the halfway line. But I wanted to get involved. I got the shot away and it was a good save from the keeper," says the Yorkshireman.

"Maybe I hit it too well! I could have shanked it and it had gone in the top bin.

"I was in more shock than anyone else just to be up there and touching the ball. I have never done it before."

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Jack Dulieu: Full credit to Blackburn, who took on a massive team which cost £100m+ to assemble, and pushed them all the way. Well played.

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Manager reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on BBC Match of the Day: "The challenge this summer is to come out of the transfer embargo because it has made it difficult for us.

On the experience of the two games against Liverpool: "There is no better place than the Premier League. We have had a taste of it. Now we need to kick on."

Manager reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on his limited defensive options: "Dejan Lovren has not been in the team but he was outstanding, Glen Johnson has not played a great deal. Those two were outstanding.

"That is the idea of having a squad. We have lots out at the moment, if we can't find solutions from that we can have a look at the young players who are doing really well in the Under 21s."

On the impact on league form: "I made the point to the players if we could get through to the semi-final it could give us a kick on in league. We have had two poor performances and been criticised. Tonight we performed very well."

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Chris from Gloucester: Liverpool win with magic from Henderson and Coutinho, and Kolo was very solid at the back. It's our time!

Niaz in Ipswich: I think Liverpool will win the FA Cup - they will try to do everything to make sure Seven Gerrard can enjoy his final farewell by winning a trophy.

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Manager reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Over the two games it was a difficult tie. They are strong and well organised. We knew it would be difficult. But my players were brilliant. We created chances.

On the goal: "Philippe is wonderful at that. He sucks defenders in. Great technique. Great goal to win the game."

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Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

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If you want to decide for yourself whether Blackburn should have been awarded a penalty - when the score was 0-0 remember - then you can. Go to the highlights tab on this page and have a gander at all of the match's talking points.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

I can't say I agree with Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer about that penalty shout (see 21:58 entry). The ball faintly brushes the arm of Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen as he tries to head clear. Plus it takes two or three slow-motion replays to pick that up. Nope, I'm not having that.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

BBC Radio 5 live

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer on 5 live Sport: "You always want to win games and I have nothing but praise and pride after tonight. We had numerous opportunities, and in the second half we started ever so well.

"We feel we should have had a penalty, the ball hitting Joe Allen's arm in the area.

"Our lads gave it a right good go, they had a taste for it and it was a great atmosphere in the stadium tonight.

"We have to take confidence from this and finish the season as strong as we possibly can. We've still got loads to play for as a club."

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer on BT Sport: "I always said we would have a go at Liverpool and everyone saw that. We are a little bit disappointed that the penalty decision didn't go our way (see 47 mins) - Joe Allen's arm is out in a natural position. There are two great saves - from Allen then Mignolet."

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Kevin Rukundo: Couthino puts an end to a miserable, forgetful week for the Reds. Wembley, here we come!

Liam Riley: Three huge saves from Mignolet kept Liverpool in that.

Paul Gourley: Another pathetic performance and fortunate win for Liverpool. Villa will tear you apart in the semi. What a poor, poor team.

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FULL-TIME

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Former Everton and Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane

at Ewood Park for 5 live Sport

"It's now Aston Villa at Wembley for Liverpool, and it's going to be so difficult for them to win this cup. Overall, Liverpool were moving the ball too slowly this evening - they did not have a creative spark in the middle or in the final third."

Player reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson on BT Sport: "Philippe Coutinho has a great football brain. The easiest thing for me is giving him the ball and he finished fantastically well - that little bit of brilliance wins us the game.

"Hopefully we can kick on from here. We've had suspensions and injuries in defence but people have come in and done a great job. Kolo Toure came on for Mamadou Sakho and was immense. It was a great performance."

FA Cup semi-final draw

As Ewood Park quickly empties, here's a reminder of the Wembley bill on semi-final weekend...

Reading v Arsenal - Saturday, 18 April (17:20 BST)

Aston Villa v Liverpool - Sunday, 19 April (15:00 BST)

Player reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson on BT Sport: "It was a very important game today, because everyone was disappointed with our performances and results in recent weeks. But, from start to finish, I thought we were brilliant tonight. I thought we controlled the game and defended well. Now we have a tough game against Villa at Wembley - but it gives the club a good lift."

Player reaction

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet on 5 live Sport: "Blackburn had big strikers and were always going to play long balls into the box. But we defended well and as a keeper you have to sometimes be there to help the team.

"I'm very pleased - the main thing was to get the victory, to get through, and we've done that today.

"We had to bounce back tonight. Everybody worked really hard, put in a shift and did the gaffer proud."

FULL-TIME

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Wherever suspended Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is watching the game, I'm sure there will be a cheeky smile etched across his face. The ex-England captain is one step closer to his dream farewell in the FA Cup final - and he hasn't been had to break sweat tonight.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Ewood Park

"Liverpool on their way to Wembley but indebted to keeper Simon Mignolet, especially for that dramatic late save from his Blackburn opposite number Simon Eastwood. Not a classic from Liverpool - but the victory was everything tonight."

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Daniel Kelly: We're off to Wembley! Credit to Blackburn on the defending, but on the night Liverpool were the better team. Wembley, here we come!

LFC Way: Mignolet has been outstanding. Not for the first time this season.

Younus Bendame: I think that if Liverpool play Arsenal in the FA Cup final, they won't win it. They don't have the class.

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FULL-TIME

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Smiling Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers charges on to the Ewood Park pitch, embracing his sweaty players and ushering them towards the jubilant away end. Celebration time!

Former Everton and Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane

at Ewood Park for 5 live Sport

"Liverpool shaded that, just about. It was a good goal and overall the visitors did deserve it. Liverpool just too strong as the game progressed and they are, justifiably, just into the next round."

FULL-TIME

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

All over! Liverpool fans book your train tickets and start looking up London hotels - you are going to Wembley. Aston Villa are the only side who stand between them and the FA Cup final now.

Former Everton and Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane

at Ewood Park for 5 live Sport

"What a turn and strike that was from Eastwood! Brilliant from the keeper, almost like a striker! Brilliant, and so unlucky."

CLOSE!

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Blackburn keeper Simon Eastwood almost has a Jimmy Glass moment! The ball drops to his feet and he lashes one towards the Liverpool goal. But Simon Mignolet does enough to keep out the low shot.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Blackburn have a throw and Tommy Spurr is lining up to lob a long one in. Keeper Simon Eastwood looks over at Rovers boss Gary Bowyer - he has got the nod....

PENALTY APPEAL FOR LIVERPOOL

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Oooh, is it? Isn't it? We're divided in the office over whether Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen was illegally impeded by Rovers' Lee Williamson. But only one man's opinion counts - and that is Kevin Friend's. He says 'no'.

INJURY TIME

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

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How long have Blackburn got to save their skins? Four extra minutes....

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Raheem Sterling
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I'd guess the last thing that a Championship defender wants to see in the 89th minute of tough FA Cup tie is Raheem Sterling hurtling towards you. The England man tries to skin Tommy Spurr, twisting and turning inside the Blackburn box, but skies over the bar.

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Philippe Coutinho
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Kevin Kanty: Coutinho is fast becoming the best player in the Premier League. Forgot Gerrard, it's Coutinho that's going to take Liverpool to FA Cup glory.

Jon Evans: The biggest difference between top teams and those below is always the finishing. Blackburn haven't taken their chances, Liverpool have.

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Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Is there time for one last Blackburn chance? Not likely - the Championship side look sapped of energy now. Liverpool edging closer to a Wembley semi-final date against Aston Villa.

Former Everton and Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane

at Ewood Park for 5 live Sport

"That was a chance for Rickie Lambert. He peeled off at the far post, got a really good look at the ball and it was a free header. He really should be hitting the target at least, Lambert."

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Rickie Lambert nods his first touch seconds after jogging on - and it nearly ends in a goal. The England striker meets Jordan Henderson's free-kick at the far post and his header hits the net. The side-netting that is...

SUBSTITUTION

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Time for a Liverpool change. Daniel Sturridge's number is shown after a decent shift as he continues his return to full fitness. On comes the powerful presence of Rickie Lambert...

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Blackburn can't do much from their own half - but that is where they find themselves. A long pass tries to pick out Reds goalscorer Philippe Coutinho on the right, but it is too strong and goes out for a home goal-kick.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

The home fans have been very supportive of their team tonight, but there are a few groans as Tommy Spurr's pass goes to a red shirt. Liverpool are oozing confidence now, knocking the ball around patiently as they try to lure Blackburn out.

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool

Ten minutes for Blackburn to stay in the FA Cup. Rovers boss Gary Bowyer decides it is time for another change - although this one is enforced. Tommy Spurr replaces centre-back Alex Baptiste who is struggling with a knock.