Manchester City scored nine goals without reply, four from Gabriel Jesus, as League One Burton were swept aside 9-0 in the Carabao Cup semifinal first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side took total control before half-time, going in at the break 4-0 in front, and added another five in the second half with Burton helpless to stem the attacking tide.
The visitors, many of whose supporters were delayed by traffic problems outside Manchester, had the first shot in the opening minute but Lucas Akins’ scuffed 20-yarder posed no problem for Arijanet Muric.
Kevin De Bruyne was soon into the action, conjuring a lofted pass that looked to have put Riyad Mahrez through only for the former Leicester star to miscontrol.
But after Oleksandr Zinchenko fired wide from distance City took the lead after five minutes, De Bruyne heading in David Silva’s cross after the visiting defence failed to track his run.
De Bruyne almost found Leroy Sane through the middle but Burton keeper Brad Collins was quickly off his line, and Silva’s attempted chip was deflected behind.
But the visitors should have been level after 12 minutes when Akins’ low cross found its way to the unmarked Marcus Harness at the far post only for him to rush his finish and lift the ball over.