Brutal. It's over.
Pep matches his biggest ever win as manager.
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Brutal. It's over.
Pep matches his biggest ever win as manager.
TWO minutes added on.
SAVE! Otamendi heads too close to Collins, who makes the save and looks absolutely devastated. No surprise.
"We want ten!" chant the home fans.
The City fans want 10. Why not.
GOAL! Mahrez makes it nine!
I'm not enjoying this. B Silva is the creator, and he finds Mahrez who gets two bites at the cherry before sliding it past Collins.
Mahrez's attempt is blocked as CIty chase a ninth. Like Silva, he has assisted two, but hasn't found the net himself.
OFF THE POST! Silva almost gets the goal his performance deserves, but his effort clips off the outside of the post.
Haven't reported on a goal in a while. Disappointing.
Last sub for City. Off goes Walker. On comes Danilo.
GOAL! Oh dear
Walker scores City's eighth with a centre-forward's finish, converting nicely from Mahrez' cross.
Sane's assist is his last act - on comes B SIlva.
GOAL! It's seven...
This is now very tough to watch. Sane's low cross finds Jesus and he steers it in for his fourth.
OVER! Silva should make it seven, but he somehow fires over from barely six yards out. Tough to watch, this.
GOAL! Foden gets in on the act!
The youngster scores his second goal at the Etihad in five days, tapping in a rebound after Jesus' initial attempt is saved.
That's 19 times CIty have score 5+ goals since Pep took charge. Spurs trail them with 12 occasions since 2016.
There's still 120 minutes left of football in this tie. Eek.
Some Foden game-time.
GOAL! Three for Jesus!
Silva slides it through for Mahrez, who dinks a ball in for Jesus to head in for his hat-trick.
Happy birthday 'n all, but he ain't had much to do!
Burton giving it a go which also leaves them open to the counter attack. Impossible to predict the scoreline this will finish with.
OVER! It's nice build-up play from Akins once more and he picks out Fraser, who takes a touch before whipping an attempt just over Muric's goal.
City start the second half on top but Sane's touch lets him down on a couple of occasions.
Foden among those warming up on the sidelines... Can't be long, surely.
Right then. The second half is under way. Is there any point? Of course there is!
Half-time, 1/4 of the way through this semi-final - it's over.
Stoppage in play as VAR review a potential foul in the Burton box after Jesus is kicked.
THREE minutes added on.
GREAT SAVE! Sane cuts a ball across the box and it sits up nicely for Mahrez, who improvises well and forces a fine stop from Collins.
It's getting that way...
No more than a half-chance for Burton as Fraser's low attempt from a narrow angle deflects towards Muric, but the City goalkeeper remains alert and gets down to make the stop.
GOAL! It's four!
Zinchenko opens his account for City with a miscued cross! He lobs Collins and feels almost too embarrassed to celebrate - though he does eventually do a basketball swish celebration.
Game over. Tie over? Still around an hour to go in this first leg.
Clough is slumped back in his chair - will be a long hour.
GOAL! Another for Jesus!
Too easy. Gundogan's ball over the top finds Silva, who instead of shooting squares it for Jesus. He takes a couple of touches before firing in off the post.
A quick double-check from VAR with Silva beating the offside trap. It's not off. Goal stands.
Right place, right time, was Jesus.-
GOAL! Jesus heads City two clear...
Did I say flat? Well, City have moved one step closer to killing this tie. Silva finds Sane, whose attempt is saved but bobs up nicely for Jesus to head in the rebound.
Pretty flat out there but the goal hasn't changed the dynamic too much. Burton would 100% take a 1-0 scoreline to the Pirelli Stadium in a fortnight's time.
The most teasing of low crosses from Silva into the Burton six-yard area, but there's not a City player in sight.
Sane does likewise moments later but it's not the right ball in.
OVER! Burton go on the break and Boyce holds it up well before playing it to Allen, who shoots well over from 20 yards out. Can't blame him for having a go.
Mahrez has the ball in the back of the net for City, but the flag is rightly raised and the goal will not count following Silva's ball over the top.
On that note - VAR is here too. Only time will tell on what say it has, they have, etc.
Can't help but feel Harness will dwell on that opportunity for days, months, years even - he won't get a better chance to score at the home of the Premier League champions!
Down the other end, Sane fires wide when trying to squeeze one in at the near post.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR BURTON! It's a clever low cross from Akins from the left but Harness - under no pressure ten yards out - gets his attempt all wrong, firing wildly over when it looked easier to hit the target.
Almost the perfect through ball from De Bruyne which takes out three Burton defenders, but Collins rushes out to gather ahead of Sane.
Not ideal for Burton... particularly with De Bruyne ghosting in between their centre-backs. Too easy, and rather ominous.
GOAL! That didn't take long...
It's a De Bruyne header believe it or not - the Belgian meets Silva's cross and steers his header in after taking a leap from the penalty spot.
WIDE! Ball falls enticingly for Zinchenko, who fires an attempt just wide from about 25 yards out with his weaker right foot.
SHOT! A first attempt on target from Burton after just 12 or so seconds! Akins tries his luck from 20 yards out but it's a simple first stop for Muric.
A minute later Mahrez beats the offside trap but his first touch is not good enough - bring that ball down and he has a simple chance for 1-0.
Right then. Away we go. This City squad cost ONE THOUSAND times more than Burton’s. More than £700m vs £700k.
Damage limitation? Or shock on the cards? Let’s see, shall we.
David Silva captains the City side tonight, and he is joined by Burton skipper Jake Buxton in leading the two sides out at the Etihad!
“If you want to be considered a great club then you cannot let standards slip either in preparation or on the pitch. Every game is important, every 90 minutes a final. You cannot pick and choose.”
After beating Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup on the weekend, it appears Pep Guardiola is hungry for a repeat.
Burton held Man Utd to a goalless draw in the FA Cup 13 years ago, but manager Nigel Clough says this City side are arguably even more daunting than Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
Clough said: “When [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo came on after 59 minutes here for Manchester United, it's a similar sort of prospect with the likes of the quality that Manchester City have.
“When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they are as good and as confident as anything.”
Though some Burton fans are not... no word of any delays - yet.
Last night’s semi-final produced a moment of splendid VAR controversy. Here’s Alex Chick’s take in this morning’s Warm-Up.
Burton, of course, deserve tremendous praise for reaching the last four along with City, Chelsea and Tottenham. The club have overcome Shrewsbury, Aston Villa, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough to reach this stage – you can only beat what’s in front of you.
Tonight they face a Goliath test. Will it be a case of just staying in the tie for the second leg?
30 mins to go...
Imagine being able to bring De Bruyne, David Silva, Mahrez and Sane into your starting XI. Well, that’s what City have done. Four changes from the win over Rotherham on the weekend.
Burton make three changes themselves, with Brayford, Wallace and Boyce coming in for Quinn, Fox and Templeton.
Burton: Collins, Brayford, Buxton, Allen, Turner, Fraser, Akins, Harness, Hutchinson, Wallace, Boyce
Subs: Bywater, McFadzean, Sbarra, Templeton, Fox, McCrory, Miller
Man City: Muric, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D Silva, Sane, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus
Subs: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Sterling, Delph, B Silva, Foden
Evening all and welcome along to the live text coverage for the second League Cup semi-final first leg, as holders Manchester City take on *checks script* Burton. Wait, what?!