Everton had been overwhelmed by ‘finest on this planet’ Manchester Metropolis within the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
The Toffees misplaced 2-0 towards Pep Guardiola’s facet at Goodison Park.
Late targets from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne broke Everton’s resistance and stored their hopes for the quadruple alive.
Everton created only a few possibilities however had been stable defensively. Metropolis discovered it laborious to interrupt Everton’s well-marshalled backline, however the introduction of Riyad Mahrez and De Bruyne made an enormous distinction.
Gudogan headed in with six minutes remaining after Aymeric Laporte’s shot was tipped onto the bar earlier than De Bruyne added a second within the ninetieth minute.
The likes of Ben Godfrey, Andre Gomes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina performed very well, however one participant who impressed on the evening was Joao Virginia.
The 21-year-old, who made solely his second senior begin with Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen lacking by harm, produced some spectacular saves in the course of the match.
Within the second half, he scrambled right down to tip a Raheem Sterling effort round his left submit.
Many Everton followers took to Twitter to precise their response to Virginia’s show after the sport. Listed below are a number of the chosen tweets:
With this defeat, Everton’s cup run is over, they usually should give attention to ending the league strongly. Whereas a top-four end appears to be like troublesome in the intervening time, Everton should goal to safe a European place at the least.
In different information, Everton are inquisitive about signing Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.