City make the first change of the game as Mahrez makes his way on for Silva. Mahrez drills into the feet of Foden and, with Everton dropping off, the English teenager advances in direction of the D. Foden then units his sights on the bottom left nook, smashing a left-footed effort to Virginia’s right however it goes wide of the target and out for a goal-kick. Mina cannons a clearance into Sterling and the centre-again carries on into the Englishman with a tackle straight after. Richarlison then breaks down the opposite end however with no group-mates round him, he struggles to hold-up the ball and City intervene.
Everton have lost five of their past six FA Cup games against fellow Premier League opponents. Everton have misplaced their previous seven meetings with Manchester City in all competitions, their longest dropping run in opposition to an opponent since a run of 9 v Manchester United between 1999 and 2004. With Everton then chasing an equaliser, the game opened up, allowing De Bruyne to make City’s progress secure. With the clock ticking into the final stages, and Everton digging in, Guardiola was in a position to convey on Mahrez and De Bruyne to vary the game.
Dias is then maybe lucky to flee a reserving as he cynically brings down Calvert-Lewin 30 yards from objective to offer the hosts a free-kick alternative. As has been the case with all Everton’s set-items, Digne delivers the corner. The left-again’s cross, nevertheless, would not beat the first man and City clear easily. At the opposite end, Richarlison carelessly pushes over Fernandinho and the guests get a free-kick in a good place 20 yards from goal. With De Bruyne on the bench in the meanwhile, Sterling takes charge of the free-kick. The Englishman strides up to the ball, whipping it over the wall but additionally well over Virginia’s goal.
Rodri performs in De Bruyne through the middle and the Belgian finishes this FA Cup tie with a robust left-footed finish into the bottom-right nook from inside the realm. Initially, Mina feels he was fouled by Mahrez, which is why Everton encompass the referee straight after the goal. Oliver, however, isn’t having it and VAR backs up the unique determination earlier than confirming De Bruyne was also onside. After a fairly uneventful eighty minutes or so, Gundogan lastly opened the scoring with a diving header after Virginia’s initial good save from Laporte.