Gabriel Jesus led the way scoring four as a strong City side showed no mercy at the Etihad Stadium
Gabriel Jesus scored four as Manchester City thrashed League One Burton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
It took City just five minutes to get their first, through Kevin De Bruyne, and it was one way traffic all evening.
Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez were also on the scoresheet at the Etihad as they all but secured their place in the final.
Manager Pep Guardiola recalled David Silva and Leroy Sane while the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez remained in the line-up following Sunday’s 7-0 FA Cup thrashing of Rotherham.
However opportunities were presented to goalkeeper Aro Muric and 18-year-old defender Eric Garcia. Sergio Aguero was again rested and Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden dropped to the bench.
There were suggestions kick-off could be delayed because hundreds of the approximately 3,000 Burton fans due to attend were caught up in traffic problems, but police said the game was still due to go ahead at 7.45pm.
Twenty-eight supporters’ coaches set off from Burton earlier in the day and the majority of them were caught up in tailbacks due to a police incident on the M6 in Staffordshire.
By kick-off, a good number of Brewers fans had managed to make it to the ground and the game went ahead as scheduled.
The first Manchester City goal came after just five minutes when Silva’s cross from the left picked out De Bruyne and his downward header beat goalkeeper Brad Collins.
The home side doubled their lead on 29 minutes as Sane took a return pass from Ilkay Gundogan in his stride and, when the ball looped up off Collins, Gabriel Jesus nodded in.
Jesus had his second goal of the night shortly afterwards as Silva cushioned another Gundogan pass into his path before the Brazilian took his time to blast home a left-footed shot off the right-hand post.
The flurry continued with Alexander Zinchenko getting in on the act in the 37th minute – the third goal in seven minutes.
His cross from the left flew over the head of keeper Collins and nestled in the net.
Mahrez was denied by Collins as City looked for a fifth, but it was 4-0 at the break.
Good work from Silva and Mahrez presented Jesus with an easy header to complete his hat-trick in the 57th minute.
It was the forward’s second treble of the season.
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Substitute Foden’s second goal at the Etihad in four days made it 6-0, the youngster side-footing home after Jesus had seen a shot saved by Collins.
City were running riot and Mahrez’ ball over the top was neatly controlled by Sane before the German used the outside of his boot to nutmeg a defender and allow Jesus to sweep home his fourth and City’s seventh.
Kyle Walker scored the home side’s eighth of the night with a side-foot finish from another Mahrez cut-back in the 70th minute.
And finally, Mahrez, who had deserved a goal, scored City’s ninth in the 83rd minute, poking in a pass from Bernardo Silva at the second attempt.
Home fans wanted double figures but it was not to be as the game ended 9-0 to the reigning Premier League champions.