Ilkay Gundogan broke Everton’s greeat disciplined display, heading home after a rebounded header.
Then in the dying embers of the match, super substitute Kevin De Bruyne finalised the victory with an emphatic finish.
A win, clean sheet, and progression to the final four. We move.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“We knew how tough it would be,” he said. “The FA Cup away, against Everton.
“We were in Budapest in the week. They were incredibly committed from the beginning. We knew it.
“They defended incredibly well and have pace with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Every throw is like a corner and they have big players, like Mina!
“These games need patience. We knew the team who scored would win the game.
“All the players were fantastic and Riyad and Kevin in the last minutes could change the rhythm. We found the goal and we are in the semi-final. We knew it would be one of the toughest games we would face.
“At 0-0 in the second half, I talked to Rodolfo and Juanma. about what we can do.
“Sometimes, with substitutions you are 100% sure with what you have to do; sometimes, you have doubts and if you have doubts, you take more time to do it.
“The game was under control. We maybe just needed fresh people. They run a lot - they were incredible defensively, and aggressive: Allan, Gomes and Sigurdsson run a lot. They were aggressive.
“At the end, we decided on Riyad and Kevin and they changed the rhythm a little bit and fortunately, Ilkay Gundogan was in the place he has to be as a striker or attacking midfielder to score a goal.”
“We have to adapt - every game is different,” he said. “Leicester may be similar and play four in the middle. Dortmund and Leeds will be different.
“Managers know what they have to do.
“But when you win a lot of games like we have in the last four months, it’s because you can adapt. That pleases me the most.
“It’s not just tactics, it’s mental - being ready every game.
“What we have done is more than remarkable. It’s incredible. One of the greatest achievements we have done together.
“We haven’t won anything yet, so we will be focused and we will see how far we arrive in the competitions.
“Honestly, since last break four months ago, we played 34 games.
“In this winter time, playing every three days, with incredible commitment in every competition, I don’t have any words to express that.”