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Summary

  1. Villa come from behind to win at Wembley
  2. Delph gets Villa winner after fine team move
  3. Coutinho had opened scoring for Reds
  4. Villa now face Arsenal in final on 30 May

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

MOTD2

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And that my friends concludes FA Cup semi-final weekend. What a weekend. Plenty of goals, tense from start to finish, fine margins, it didn't disappoint.

Later today the BBC Sport website will run a live European football text for you to devour but for now, thank you for joining us and for all your tweets.

Tune into Match of the Day 2 at 22:30 BST on BBC One, and from 23:20 for viewers in Scotland.

Plus tonight there'll also be FA Cup highlights on from 23:20 on BBC One and from 00:10 in Scotland.

Farewell.

Player reaction on Twitter

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Aston Villa dressing room
Jack Grealish/Twitter

Tim Sherwood's given these lads the day off training tomorrow by the looks of it -

jubilant scenes in the Aston Villa dressing room.

Sherwood on the final

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More from Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "I watched the semi-final yesterday and saw how calm Arsene Wenger was. I was just so delighted I had to spill out the emotions. We will be the underdogs, and the pressure is on Arsenal as they are the holders. But for now we have to put that on the backburner."

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What lines will you hear over and over again in the run up to the FA Cup final?

- Tim Sherwood, a former Tottenham player and manager, will guide Villa into face Spurs' north-London rivals. What reception will he get? What gold will he deliver in news conferences?

- Arsenal can become the FA Cup's most decorated club if they record a 12th success to move one ahead of Manchester United.

- Aston Villa can win their first FA Cup since 1958 and move onto eight wins in the tournament in all.

The FA Cup final

And so to the final, there are a lot of sleeps to count down from so be patient Villa fans.

Then again, you may not be in a mad rush...

Santi Cazorla
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Brilliant Delph

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There is a lot of love on Twitter for Fabian Delph, BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas saying "that is how you drive your team to an FA cup final."

A look at the numbers explains why. He led the way in terms of touches of the ball for his side with 76 and completed 94% of his passes.

Fabian Delph touch map
Opta

Manager reaction

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More from Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "It'll be a great occasion for the football club but nothing is won yet. Not many gave us a chance today but but we believed it and when we stepped onto the pitch we realised the fans believed it too. I thought we dominated the football after Christian Benteke's goal and caused Liverpool a lot of problems.

"We looked at Liverpool and thought we could cause problems with two number 10s. Jack Grealish and Charles N'Zogbia played in the pockets and were hard to pick up. We knew our midfield three would have energy to cope and I thought the game plan worked perfectly today."

On midfielder Grealish: "The bigger the stage the better he plays and that's a sign of real talent. He's a player I looked at before I came to the club, and if you give him instructions he sticks to the plan. He's very durable, he's a big guy - he takes more even kicks in training than on the pitch. But he's only a kid and he's still learning."

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BBC Radio 5 live reporter Juliette Ferrington is in the tunnel at Wembley and says Brendan Rodgers has visited the Aston Villa dressing room to congratulate the finalists.

You can listen to reaction from her as well as interviews with the key protagonists now.

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OptaJoe tweets: "12 - Liverpool have won 12 of 31 games (39%) when Steven Gerrard has started this season, compared to 13 of 21 (62%) when he hasn't."

Gerrard by his own standards lacked influence today, but another of the club's recent headline makers Raheem Sterling was perhaps the most disappointing of those in yellow.

He touched the ball just 34 times and played only 18 passes in the entire 90 minutes.

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And some former Villa stars are also going big on social media:

Thomas Hitzlsperger

tweets: Proud of this Aston Villa team! Can't wait to watch you lift the FA Cup trophy!

Steve Froggatt

tweets: Villa gave an outstanding, team display, Delph and Grealish individually superb. Great day for the club and the fans.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has found time in these busy political times to

tweet his congratulations for the club he supports.

David Cameron Twitter
David Cameron Twitter

Three years and counting...

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Brendan Rodgers
BBC

BBC Sport this week asked former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher if no trophy puts Brendan Rodgers under pressure: "I don't think so. Especially what the manager did last season in almost leading them to the league title, playing the best football Liverpool have played since the late 1980s.

"This season has been a struggle, was a struggle early on, but they have turned it around and the manager deserves a lot of credit for that - changing the system, no one saw that coming.

"When you talk about a great job - you have to win trophies. He has done a very good job up until now."

'Too much to handle'

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Jermaine Jenas

Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"A lot of Liverpool fans seem unsure as to whether they want Brendan Rodgers to stay as manager. As far as I'm concerned I think he's a fantastic manager and has done a good job. It's just that the loss of Luis Suarez has been too much for them to handle."

Villa deserved win - Rodgers

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Rodgers
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "We were very disappointing - Villa were much better than us. We were nervous for some reason, maybe when you want to win something so much perhaps it plays on your mind.

"For a team with a lot of energy we has no energy today. It is disappointing that in another big game we didn't show that courage. Villa did, they had good energy and are playing with a bit more freedom."

Manager reaction

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Dealing with the occasion is something we need to improve at. There have been other big games where we have dealt with that very well, but there are others where we haven't.

"We need to focus on the performances and if we do that then normally get the victories. But today it wasn't at the right level.

"Now we have to strive for top-four Premier League finish - it is an obligation of this wonderful club to fight until the finish."

Balotelli's 'goal' should have stood - Rodgers

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Mario Balotelli
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli should not have been flagged offside before he stuck the ball in the Villa net after 87 minutes.

"It was a very poor decision," moans the Northern Irishman. "The official is looking across the line and should see the full-back playing Mario at least a yard onside. You need that to go for you.

"Steven Gerrard had a header cleared off the line, but apart from that we were too passive."

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Tom: Well done Villa, definitely deserve to go through. Surely Liverpool should be seriously considering going for Klopp in the summer? No Champions League or silverware and a manager's inexperience and naivety rubbing off in the big games.

Jimmy, Plymouth: Liverpool fan here who is in no doubt about which team deserves to be in the final, however, I do believe that we should be in extra time now, and that Mario's disallowed goal is kind of a big deal.

Charlie Varley: Liverpool needed a little bit of luck today. Arsenal got it yesterday. But we got the opposite with that Balotelli offside call.

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Manager reaction

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More from Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood on BT Sport: "It's going all right at the moment! I'm delighted with that win. We were underdogs but we believed we could win it.

"We outplayed Liverpool to be honest. We created a lot of chances and they resorted to lumping the ball forward.

"The final will be a great occasion. You can't win this cup with an easy route. If you win it you have to beat the best and Arsenal are right up there."

Manager reaction

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood on Jack Grealish. He told BT Sport: "He could be right up there amongst the best of them. The ball is a friend of his.

"He's Aston Villa through and through. He lives a couple of miles away from the ground. He just wants to play for Aston Villa and I want to give him the platform to do that because he has earned the right."

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One of Aston Villa's stand-out players of the day

Jack Grealish tweets: "Best feeling off my life!! So happy for all the fans!! What a game, can't even express how much this means to me."

Fabian Delph, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish Twitter

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Sherwood reaction looms

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Tim Sherwood, nice tight tie on him under his blazer, is about to chat to the media. He is loving this.

"We robbed them," he says with a smile when told Mario Balotelli's goal was onside.

"I'll get a good reaction from those Arsenal fans."

Player reaction

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, speaking to BT Sport: "I'm buzzing. The support has been amazing today, we deserved to go through, the team were great. Having belief caused Liverpool problems and that's come from the manager. He has instilled a lot of belief within the squad. Fabian Delph, he was captain marvel today, he has been brilliant all season. For him to score the winner is the stuff of dreams, but it's nothing more than he deserved."

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Aston Villa fans are taking photographs, smiles beaming all over their end of the ground. No need to rush home. There are kisses on show, fist pumps, it's a fountain of human joy.

And why not? They haven't won the cup in 58 years. Arsenal will start favourites on 30 May but as we saw today, what does that tag mean?

'Best kiss I've ever had'

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Jack Grealish
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Aston Villa's 19-year-old midfielder Jack Grealish on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was brilliant for me personally to play at Wembley at my age. Now we're through to the final and hopefully we can go on to win it.

"I've got to thank the gaffer Tim Sherwood for the confidence he has given to me since coming here - he has given me belief.

"He gave me a kiss as I came off - I enjoyed that one. It's one of the best kisses I've ever had!"

Player reaction

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Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph, speaking to BT Sport: "The next game we are thinking about now is the Premier League. But I can't wait for the final. To walk out as captain will be the highlight of my career. We were confident going into the game and we are so happy to go away with the win. Final here we come.

"The gaffer is brilliant. He is so positive with everyone and doesn't panic. We had a game plan and stuck to it. We have got a lot of young lads. Jack Grealish came in and he was fantastic."

This was only Tim Sherwood's 10th game in charge of Villa. Not a bad start then?

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Barely anything in the possession stats, Liverpool, with 14 managed double the shots Villa did but only found the target three times compared the the victors' four.

Villa spent more time in Liverpool's final third. Liverpool fans, can you argue with the result? Tweet us on #bbcfacup.

Opta stats
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sViera: Well, we got Steven Gerrard to Wembley. That's all that mattered, right? Right?!

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We have seen this look on Steven Gerrard's face before. He walks off the pitch, the face of a man who has just dropped his car keys down a drain.

The captain's armband on his arm will have a new home next season and Gerrard, arguably the club's finest ever player, will end his final season with no silverware.

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Former Arsenal & Aston Villa defender Martin Keown

BBC Match of the Day at Wembley

"Liverpool looked confused today. You can make too many tactical changes in a match. We haven't seen Philippe Coutinho running with the ball anywhere near as much as we should have. I'm not sure Brendan Rodgers has got the best out of his side."

FULL-TIME

ASTON VILLA REACH THE FA CUP FINAL

Sherwood
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Tim Sherwood has held it in all the way through the game but he is off on a victory lap. Fist clenched he punches the air time and time again. A quick embrace of ex-Villa goalkeeper David James who is a touchline pundit today. Sherwood is like a kid at Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Villa deserved what they got today. They produced a superbly committed display, packed with energy. What is Steven Gerrard thinking?

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Raheem Sterling, cross, cleared. Mario Balotelli, cross... no, he feeds it back and Dejan Lovren will have a blast from 35 yards. Dear me. That ball has ended up in Barnet somewhere. Unforgiveable. Around 30 seconds...

CLOSE!

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Balotelli
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Another late chance for Liverpool as Jordan Henderson picks out Mario Balotelli. Around 12 yards out, he heads over and in truth Shay Given was well inc control. We have 90 seconds...

SUBSTITUTION

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Rickie Lambert is on for Alberto Moreno, Liverpool, go direct and Steven Gerrard heads down for Raheem Sterling but he fires well over.

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These records are about to go out of the window...

Liverpool celebrate as an Aston Villa player is frustrated
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Aston Villa's fans are bouncing. Their side are moments away from the chance to compete for an eighth FA Cup win on 30 May. How much stoppage time? FOUR MINUTES.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Balotelli
Reuters

Mario Balotelli finds the back of the net... but the assistant referee has his flag raised! It won't count. Have a look at the replay though, he's clearly on and Villa get away with one. Big, big call that.

CLOSE!

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The fairytale moment arrives... GERRARD... off the line. He meets Philippe Coutinho's whipped corner and heads at the top corner but Kieran Richardson is the Villa saviour. Nails bitten off yet Villa fans?

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Gerrard
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Gareth Evans: Has the script been written for one more Steven Gerrard fairytale?

Mike W: If you needed confirmation that Gerrard is a spent force then the evidence is on display for us all to see.

Jordan Mundy-Gill: Unfortunately for the romantics, sentiment doesn't win football matches.

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Liverpool still have a change remember. Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are sat on their bench as Jores Okore concedes another corner. Pressure slowly mounting...

CLOSE!

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What a chance for Dejan Lovren. He stoops to meet Steven Gerrard's out-swinging corner from 12 yards but clears the bar.