Evertonians will have to put Wembley plans on hold as Everton and Sunderland prepare for battle once more after this enthralling FA Cup Sixth Round tie failed to produce a winner at Goodison Park.
The Toffees fell behind to an early 12th minute Phil Bardsley stunner but Cahill squared this FA Cup quarter-final tie on 24 minutes with former Rangers hitman Nikica Jelavic providing the assist.
Martin Oâ€™Neillâ€™s Sunderland took a deserved early lead when full-back Phil Bardsley, stepping onto Jack Colbackâ€™s short free-kick, arrowed a 20-yard drive past Tim Howard in the Everton goal. Although the visitorsâ€™ seized the momentum in the minutes after the goal, the opener only proved to reinvigorate the home side who didnâ€™t have to wait long to restore parity.
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Everton were struggling to match Sunderland´s early tempo but were back on level terms after 23 minutes when a Leighton Baines delivery found Jelavic and his miscued header dropped for Cahill, who nodded past Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet.
The equaliser signified a change in the direction of the tide in what was a tempestuous affair, with Everton going on to dominate the rest of the match wth Osman, Cahill and Marouane Fellaini all testing Mignolet.
And the Sunderland keeper produced a stunning double stop right at the death to block a Johnny Heitinga header and the rebound from Jelavic as Sunderland held on resolutely to earn a FA Cup quarter-final replay on home soil on Tuesday 27 March (kick off 7.45pm).