Man City, Saints ease into FA Cup semis

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Manchester City's bid for an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies is still alive, thanks to late goals by Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne steering them to a 2-0 win over Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Southampton also made it into the last-four of the world's most famous national Cup competition on Saturday, with Nathan Redmond scoring twice and setting up another goal in their 3-0 win against Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola's City are sweeping all before them this season, having reached the final of the League Cup, the quarter-finals of the Champions League and forged a 14-point lead in the Premier League.

It looked like their match against Everton was heading to extra time when Gundogan stooped to head the ball into an empty net in the 84th minute after a shot from Aymeric Laporte was tipped onto the bar by goalkeeper Joao Virginia.

It was the Germany midfielder's 12th goal in all competitions in 2021, more than any other player in the Premier League this year.

De Bruyne ensured City's progress to the last four with a composed finish in the 90th minute at the end of a counterattack.

"You are allowed everything - but the next target now is to come back healthier and in the best shape from the international break - and then having a big game at Leicester," Gundogan told BT Sport.

"We don't always make the best kind of football but it's about staying in the game and finding the right moments, being patient.

"There will be a few more games like this I think but we have to be ready for them. If you want to win trophies and fight for everything, you have to find a way to win."

City also won the FA Cup in 2019 as part of a domestic treble under Guardiola.

The team is trying to go one better this season, though the Champions League has so far proved elusive for City despite the club's heavy spending under its Abu Dhabi ownership over the past decade.

Earlier on Saturday, Southampton made it to the last four for the second time in four seasons.

Redmond slipped in Moussa Djenepo for the opener in the 37th then scored a superb solo goal in first-half stoppage time, dribbling into the area and skirting a challenge before firing a shot into the top corner.

Redmond added the third in the 59th with a precise, angled shot into the bottom corner after an effort from outside the area by Stuart Armstrong came back off the post.

The other quarter-final games on Sunday are both all-Premier League matchups with Leicester hosting Manchester United and Chelsea entertaining Sheffield United.