A hat-trick from Alvaro Negredo saw Manchester City to a convincing 6-0 win over West Ham in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday night.
The first 45 minutes was a half dominated by the home side who took a commanding 3-0 lead into the half time break.
City applied pressure from the first whistle and created their first chance on goal in the fifth minute after Javi Garci got onto the end of a corner-kick, but his header from a few yards out went inches wide.
Seven minutes later, though, and the Sky Blues made their pressure tell after a superb 50-yard ball from Yaya Toure found Negredo behind the West Ham defence, and the Spanish international made no mistake with a fantastic volley to open the scoring, 1-0.
West Ham’s only real effort of the game came in the 17th minute as Mohamed Diame let loose with a powerful 30-yard shot, but he saw his effort sail narrowly wide.
It was a small lapse in City’s concentration and they soon doubled their lead with Negredo finding his second in the 26th minute. Edin Dzeko created the goal after he turned his defender and sent Negredo through on goal and he duly fired the ball home, 2-0.
City confirmed their dominance three minutes before the break as Toure picked up the ball in the centre circle and then drove towards goal before firing a low shot beyond the keeper from just inside the area, 3-0.
After the break City continued to dominate matters and Negredo found his third goal four minutes after the restart. Negredo was quick to react as he smashed home a deflected cross from David Silva, 4-0.
City didn’t show any signs of letting up and found their fifth goal on the hour mark as Dezko turned home a low cross at the near post, 5-0.
The last half hour of the match saw City dominating the possession stakes, and Dzeko added the icing on the cake with his second of the night and his side’s sixth in the 90th minute, 6-0.
City now take a commanding lead into the second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal.