Man City & Everton repeat 2020 FA Cup final in quarter-final matchup

Manchester City and Everton meet in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday in a repeat of 2020’s tightly contested showpiece event at Wembley.

Despite the Toffees going into the fixture as heavy underdogs, they produced a spirited display to play out the closest FA Cup final since Birmingham’s shootout victory over Chelsea in 2012.

Sandy MacIver turned in a player of the match performance in goal as Everton forced extra-time against their illustrious opponents, before ultimately suffering a 3-1 defeat.

The Toffees have been through two managers since that final loss, with Chris Roberts – who was assistant coach to Willie Kirk at Wembley in 2020 – now in interim charge.

“It was a bittersweet day for us,” Roberts reflects. “We did so well, competed so well, played so well for the 90 minutes. At one point I thought we’d got the winner in the 90 minutes when Valerie [Gauvin] had the header that was just wide. And then of course City took over in extra-time.

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