Eden Hazard's first-half penalty proved decisive as Chelsea salvaged their season by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in what is widely expected to be manager Antonio Conte's swansong.
Crystal Palace set up a repeat of the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley.
Romelu Lukaku scored two goals for Everton, one demonstrating rare strength and skill, to knock his old side Chelsea out of the FA Cup 2-0 in a dramatic quarter-final featuring two red cards.
Late goals by Yohan Cabaye and Fraizer Campbell gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 victory at Championship (second-tier) club Reading in their FA Cup quarter-final.
Minor league Eastleigh suffered FA Cup heartbreak when they conceded a late equaliser to four-time winners Bolton Wanderers on a gluepot pitch at their snug Ten Acres ground.
Aston Villa will meet holders Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month after goals from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph gave them a 2-1 win over Liverpool in a pulsating semi-final at Wembley.
Philippe Coutinho thumped home a second-half winner as Liverpool broke the resistance of Championship Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a gritty 1-0 replay victory.
Second-tier Reading booked an FA Cup semi-final meeting with holders Arsenal at Wembley after brushing aside 10-man Bradford City 3-0 in their replay.
Discarded striker Danny Welbeck returned to haunt Manchester United by scoring the winner as Arsenal reached the FA Cup semi-finals with an enthralling 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were left frustrated by Championship side Blackburn Rovers who defended heroically to draw 0-0 at Anfield and force a replay in their FA Cup quarter-final.
Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Arsenal.
Last-gasp goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool reach the FA Cup fifth round and avoid the giant-killing fate of many of their Premier League rivals with a 2-1 replay victory at second tier Bolton Wanderers.
Holders Arsenal were made to sweat by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion before eventually prevailing 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup to ensure they did not fall foul of another upset.
Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay despite resting their top striker in the once-fabled competition.
Captain Steven Gerrard scored twice to rescue Liverpool from FA Cup embarrassment and lead them into the fourth round after a tricky 2-1 win at fourth tier AFC Wimbledon.
Former winners Coventry City were knocked out of the FA Cup after suffering a surprise 2-1 home defeat by non-league Worcester City in the first round of football's oldest domestic cup competition.
Arsenal beat FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic 4-2 on penalties to win their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium after they fought to a 1-1 draw after extra time.
FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic have proved Manchester City's nemesis for the second time in less than a year, with a shock 2-1 quarter-final victory over Manuel Pellegrini's talent-laden side.
Yannick Sagbo kept Hull City in the FA Cup with a late strike in their 1-1 fifth-round draw at second tier Brighton & Hove Albion to prevent an upset.
Arsenal, thumped 5-1 in the Premier League by Liverpool last weekend, have taken sweet revenge at the Emirates with a 2-1 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup.