City progressed to the FA Cup semi – final thanks to a 2-0 win at Everton, extending our run unscathed from home to 17 games at the Club.
Ilkay Gundogan broke against the Everton end, going home after Joao Virginia tried to push Aymeric Laporte on the bar.
And with a minute left, substitute Kevin De Bruyne showed the victory with a cautious finish.
Everton, organized and hardworking, made life difficult for City, limiting them to just a few clear openings in the first half.
In fact, Everton came closest to scoring in the opening period when Yerry Mina’s header was taken off the line by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
But the second half saw City play with more fluency. Virginia put in a brilliant Raheem Sterling effort for the first time around the post, before Phil Foden hit the left leg from a whistling inch wide.
It looked like Everton’s effort was taking the game to extra time – but with seven minutes left on the clock, we found a break.
Laporte broke forward, played one-two with De Bruyne, and made a fine save from Virginia, who paid the ball on the bar – just to follow Ilkay Gundogan and go home.
And a few minutes later De Bruyne’s left-footed strike confirmed our safe path into the final four.
Everton: Virginia, Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Mina, Digne, Allan, Gomes, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Richarlison
Subs: Leban, Tyrer, Broadhead, Davies, Iwobi, John, Keane, Nkounkou, Onyango
City: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan (Rodrigo 89 ‘), Bernardo (Mahrez 64’), Foden, Sterling (De Bruyne 79 ‘), Jesus.
Subs: Ederson, Clachan, Aguero, Torres, Mendy, Cancelo
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17 away games away from home in all competitions. City have never run together for so long.
But this City squad continues to move the dial.
The previous record was set by City side Joe Royle between January and September 1999 when City played in the third tier of English football.
Guardiola has now been replaced by that promising record.
This is the latest example of the mental strength and morale of a team running through our squad.
Cities are often praised for the quality and brightness of our offensive play.
We play on the front leg, gain control of property and weave some wonderful patterns.
But more and more it is our level of work and character that is being recognized.
This was another example of the loyalty that ran through our squad. Everton were well organized, meaning this win came with permission from our desire to win duels across the pitch and fight to regain possession when we lost the ball.
Our players always show intensity. Even when our attacking whiteness drives us away, we find other ways to get results.
“A sad, sad game. We knew it. We saw the enthusiasm and the focus.
“They defend strongly, in a good sense, win duels. They’re so strong in set pieces – every throw is a corner.
“We will give nothing and in the end we will win.
“That was one of the toughest games we’ve played in the last year.”
Ilkay Gundogan has scored 12 goals in 2021, more than any other Premier League player in all competitions – this was his first goal for City since December 2018 against Crystal Palace.
What it means
City progress to the FA Cup semi-final stage for the third season in a row. This is the first time we have been able to say that since we did so between 1931-32 and 1933-34.
It also means we will stay on the course for four awards. We are currently 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, through to the Champions League finals and in April we will face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final.
Having won 25 of our last 26 games – an amazing series of form that has seen us mix art and industry – we are in a great position to put the campaign to an exciting end.
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City will join Southampton in the final four. Nathan Redmond promoted the Saints to a 3-0 win in the quarter-final away at Bournemouth earlier Saturday.
Chelsea host Sheffield United tomorrow at 13:30, before Leicester face Manchester United at 17:00.
Last quarter lineup
Bournemouth 0-3 Southampton
Everton 0-2 Manchester City
Chelsea v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Manchester United
Best domestic football will now spawn for two weeks as the international game is at the center of the work. As always, Guardiola will be keen for his players to return fully fit ahead of the most important time of the season.
Our next special is our travel to Leicester on Saturday 3 April in the Premier League. That match will start at 17:30. Leicester are currently third in the table, 15 points from City having played a smaller game.
Our focus then turns to the Champions League, with the first quarter-final outing against Borussia Dortmund taking place on Tuesday 6 April.
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