Manchester City registered a 9-0 win over Burton Albion in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at the Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus scored four goals with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Riyadh Mahrez, Kyle Walker, and Kevin De Bruyne all participating in the destruction of the League One side. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the other participants in the ultimate stage of the cup tourney.
Kevin de Bruyne added his 9th goal in the competition after five minutes as he made a run between Albion’s two centre defenders and headed in a ball delivered by David Silva after five minutes of play.
A rare chance for the League One side arrived after twelve minutes as Akins laid a good ball across Man City’s goalmouth. Harness was in good position to capitalize but blasted over the bar.
"Did he need to take it the first time? Could he have taken a touch to steady himself? That said, from that position at the very least he should be hitting the target. How many chances of that quality will Burton get tonight?" Andy Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports during the game after Albion's big miss at the Etihad.
Gabriel Jesus grabbed his goal from a rebound after Sane’s tight angle shot was saved by the visiting goalkeeper. Sane and his German counterpart Ilkay Gundogan made a bright move before the later took the initial shot that fell on Brazilian’s way upon rebounding in the 30th minute.
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After the VAR intervention, Man City’s third goal via Jesus was allowed to stand. Silva controlled the ball before laying it for Jesus who finished the off-the post before waiting to celebrate as the officials consulted their video counterparts.
The defending champions did not stop there as Oleksandr Zinchenko scored the fourth in the 37th minute. His first-time touch flew over Collins with the Cityzens dominated the last minutes of the first half without much challenge from the visitors.
And more goals
Jesus headed in for his night’s hat-trick and City’s 5th in the 57th minute after Silva and Mahrez better combination laid the ground for him to wreak more havoc for Albion. Just moments after the English youngster replaced playmaker De Bruyne after the hour mark, he announced his entry with a goal and sixth for the Premier League side. Burton would blame themselves for conceding the 6th goal as they failed to clear their line after Collins had hit the ball back into play but only as far as where Foden was.
Sane assisted Jesus for his 4th goal of the night as he chested down the ball and laid a perfect pass for the Brazilian hero at the Etihad in the 65th minute. Kyle Walker added the 8th for the hosts after Mahrez raced down the left flank before finding the full-back who turned the ball in.
Mahrez added the 9th goal in the 84th minute after Bernado Silva played him through from the left flank. The Algerian winger had his first saved but the ball fell back on him after a Collins feeble save for him to just tap in.
8 - Gabriel Jesus has scored eight goals in his last seven starts in all competitions for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, one more goal than in his previous 14 starts there. Uptick. #CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/rHU2jbkotY— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2019
- Manchester City is now the first English league side to score at least seven goals in consecutive games in all competitions since Don Revie's Leeds United back in October 1967.
- Manchester City has scored eight goals in a single match for the first time since November 1987, when they defeated Huddersfield Town 10-1 during a second-tier encounter.
- Gabriel Jesus has now scored two hat-tricks at the Etihad Stadium - only Carlos Tevez (4) and Sergio Aguero (10) have netted more home trebles for Manchester City since their move away from Maine Road.
- City was participating in their 11th League Cup semi-final, qualifying for the final on six occasions (1969-70, 1973-74, 1975-76, 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2017-18); this is Burton's first League Cup semi-final.
- City has progressed from their last 10 League Cup ties against sides from a lower division, including a 3-0 win at League One side Oxford United in this season's third round.
- Burton is the first League One side to reach this stage of the League Cup since Sheffield United in 2014/15 - the Blades were then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough.
- Kevin De Bruyne has scored eight goals and assisted four in 12 League Cup appearances for City.
Burton has eliminated a team from a higher division in four previous rounds of this season's League Cup, with only three teams ever eliminated against a League One side was in September 2004, a 7-1 hammering of Barnsley.
- This will be third time Nigel Clough has managed in a League Cup semi-final, taking charge of Derby's second leg - a 2-4 defeat - against Manchester United in 2008-09 and leading Sheffield United to that stage in the 2014/15 campaign, losing to Tottenham.