An irresistible performance from Manchester City sees the second-place Premier League side 6-0 up on aggregate in this Capital One Cup semifinal following the first leg at Etihad Stadium.
Opponents West Ham United offered very little over the first 90 minutes of the tie, and if anything they merely served as the backdrop for a memorable performance from the hosts.
Alvaro Negredo bagged a hat-trick, Edin Dzeko scored twice and Yaya Toure also found the back of the net for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who have an unassailable advantage ahead of their trip to Upton Park later this month.
|Manchester City Player Ratings|
|Player||First half||Second half|
Pantilimon: Had only a single save to make and also caught the only corner-kick West Ham managed.
Zabaleta: Pinning back O’Brien down City’s right flank.
Kompany: Didn’t put a foot wrong and organized his defense high up the park.
Lescott: Completed 94% of his passes.
Clichy: Was tested only once by Downing and stood up well to the Hammers winger.
Nasri: Completed 98% of his passes and was a persistent threat in the attack.
Toure: Scored a sensational goal to put City 3-0 up.
Garcia: Contributed a pair of tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Silva: No problems here, but a mostly quiet first half from him.
Dzeko: Played in Negredo for the Spaniard’s second.
Negredo: On a hat-trick going into the second half.
Pantilimon: Was mostly a spectator.
Zabaleta: Completely neutralized Joe cole
Kompany: Had only to make a pair of tackles and didn’t foul a single player.
Lescott: Ended up with a pass-completion rate of 92%.
Clichy: Gave absolutely nothing away to Downing.
Nasri: He touched the ball 129 times and completed an astonishing 98% of his passes.
Toure: Withdrawn shortly after the hour-mark after suffering a first-half knee injury.
Garcia: A quiet, yet extremely effective performance in the heart of midfield.
Silva: Was a step off the pace until being substituted.
Dzeko: Scored two, well-hit goals after the restart.
Negredo: A hat-trick in a Man of the Match performance.
Demichelis: Replaced Toure in the 66th minute and had little to do.
Lopes: Made a stunning, back-heeled pass to Kolarov in the buildup to the sixth goal.
Kolarov: Squared the ball nicely to Dzeko for the Bosnian’s second.