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Result: Aston Villa defeat Liverpool to reach FA Cup final

Fabian Delph scores in the second half to send Aston Villa into the final of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley.

A second-half strike from Fabian Delph guided Aston Villa to a 2-1 Wembley victory over Liverpool which set up an FA Cup final showdown against Arsenal on May 30.

Aston Villa's English midfielder Fabian Delph shoots and scores past Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley stadium in London on April 19, 2015© Getty Images

The Merseysiders pressed forward as Philippe Coutinho got the better of Leandro Bacuna and cut the ball back to Joe Allen on the edge of the box, but the Welshman scuffed his shot wide of the target.

Tim Sherwood's side threatened when Charles N'Zogbia was allowed to shoot from distance, but his strike was well tipped over the bar by Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool took the lead as Villa failed to clear the danger on the edge of their own box, with Jores Okore and Fabian Delph the guilty parties. Raheem Sterling slid a pass into the feet of Coutinho, who beat a couple of challenges before burying the ball into the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.

Villa's response was immediate as they drew level in the 36th minute. Delph atoned for his error with a mazy run down the left before exchanging a neat one-two with Jack Grealish to get into the area and cut the ball back into the middle for Benteke to fire past Mignolet.

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring their first goal during the FA Cup Semi Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on April 19, 2015© Getty Images

In the second half, Sherwood's men settled quickly back into their rhythm and took the lead when Benteke broke away down the left and found Grealish on the edge of the box. The youngster did well to pick out the run of Delph, who turned back inside and finished past Mignolet.

Alberto Moreno kept Liverpool in the game as he made a vital intervention to stop Benteke in his tracks as the Belgian attempted to collect a pass from Bacuna that would have sent him one-on-one with Mignolet.

The Reds had a chance to threaten when Coutinho was brought down just outside the box by Delph. Steven Gerrard stood over the ball and whipped his effort over the wall, but Shay Given was able to make a comfortable save to deny the Liverpool skipper.

Brendan Rodgers's side upped the ante late in the game as they threatened from two corners, but Dejan Lovren put his header over the bar while Gerrard's looping effort was cleared off the line by Kieran Richardson.

Liverpool continued to put the pressure on the Villans as Mario Balotelli headed narrowly over the bar in the dying minutes, but Sherwood's men held out to secure the victory to reach their first final since the 1999-00 season.

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Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring their first goal during the FA Cup Semi Final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on April 19, 2015
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