FA Cup finalists Everton missed the chance to leapfrog Aston Villa back into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League with a goalless draw against Tottenham.
The only consolation was their Wembley-bound side avoided any more of the damaging injuries that have dogged their season and - in the case of Phil Jagielka - robbed a star man of a cup final date.
Luka Modric showed pace and invention and dominated midfield. He was almost put clear early on from a Jermaine Jenas pass, with Joleon Lescott snuffing that one out, before Modric's pass sent Jermain Defoe scampering away only to be halted by Joseph Yobo.
Spurs continued to probe for the breakthrough and only a timely tackle from Lescott took the pace out of a Robbie Keane drive.
Everton eventually made some inroads. Jonathan Woodgate did well to block a Jo effort after the Brazilian had gone round Heurelho Gomes and then Marouane Fellaini dragged an effort wide from Leighton Baines' pass before Jack Rodwell curled a fine effort over the angle from 20 yards.
Tim Cahill's header troubled Gomes and then Dan Gosling hit a post after 67 minutes with a bouncing effort from the edge of the box.
Defoe then went close with a shot on the turn that flashed inches wide, Spurs increasingly threatening on the break.
Harry Redknapp sent on Roman Pavlyuchenko for Modric with 10 minutes left but the Russia striker was unable to make an impact in what was a disappointing game.