Gündogan is spot on and heads City into the semi-finals of the FA Cup

  • Title : Gündogan is spot on and heads City into the semi-finals of the FA Cup
Date: 20 Mar 2021    

Summary:

Everton FC defied Manchester City for a long time in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and brought them to despair with a compact defense. Shortly before the end, however, Gündogan was right and heaved City into the semifinals.

Details:

In the league, Manchester City is clearly on course for the title, Borussia Dortmund is waiting in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the League Cup. In order to achieve a possible quadruple, the Citizens also want to win the FA Cup. Pep Guardiola's team initially struggled against Everton, where Keane only sat on the bench and Joao Virginia replaced the injured Pickford. With Gabriel Jesus in the lead - De Bruyne, who had scored against Gladbach in the Champions League, was only on the bench - the Skyblues took command from the start, but found no gap in the Toffees defense.
City is having a hard time - Zinchenko clears the line

Everton FC tried to quickly switch from the defensive five-man chain after winning the ball. In minute 34 it almost worked: Sigurdsson fit steeply into the top, but keeper Steffen, who as always guarded the goal for Ederson in the FA Cup, was attentive and cleared in conjunction with Laporte in front of the lurking Calvert-Lewin (34). City, on the other hand, did not come to any noteworthy closing actions, often missing the last pass or simply the accuracy in the conclusion. The pinpricks of the Toffees were more dangerous: Yerre Mina's header cleared Zinchenko just before the break just in front of the goal line (44th).

Even after the restart, opportunities remained in short supply, both teams visibly neutralized each other. After just under an hour, the game became more lively: First Richarlison volleyed a shot from 14 meters just next to the goal (58th), then Joao Virginia Sterling's finish just fished out of the left corner (58th). However, that should only have been a short interim high, because immediately afterwards the game flattened out again and the picture was always the same: running citizens, letting the ball run, and well-defending toffees.
Gündogan is spot on - De Bruyne makes the decision

When everything was already set for an extension, Laporte made great strides from the defense towards the opponent's penalty area, but failed when Joao Virginia reacted brilliantly, who steered the leather against the crossbar. But Gündogan continued and headed the ball over the line to make it 1-0 (84th). Now, of course, the Toffees had to change their defensive tactics, opened up and caught the 0: 2 from substitute De Bruyne in the final minute.

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