Manchester City Cruises To FA Cup Semi Final With Win Over Everton

Manchester City Cruises To FA Cup Semi Final With Win Over Everton 

Badmus Abdulsobur 

The Germany midfielder's late strike set up a 2-0 victory at Everton that secured Pep Guardiola's history-chasers a place in the FA Cup semi-finalsIt just had to be Ilkay Gundogan.

With Manchester City's quadruple hopes hanging in the balance at Goodison Park on Saturday evening, the Germany international steadied himself to calmly head into an empty net and pave the way for his side to progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Everton.

In a tight clash, the chance he had been awaiting finally came in the 84th minute, after Aymeric Laporte's shot had bounced back off the bar. There was never any doubt that Gundogan would be in the right place at the right time to finish off the rebound.

Substitute Kevin De Bruyne added a second in the 90th minute but this was a game that was in the balance for a long, long time. Indeed, it was a reminder of how fine the margins are as City look to pull off a historic quadruple.

Ancelotti certainly didn't make it easy for Guardiola's side as he showed all of his experience to suffocate City for long spells.

Despite the visitors having 77 per cent possession in the first half, Everton managed to protect their third-choice keeper Joao Virginia from serious threat and his only save during the opening 45 minutes was a comfortable catch from Raheem Sterling's 20-yard strike.

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