Manchester City thrashed Rotherham seven goals to nil in the FA Cup third round, as Ilkay Gundogan starred with 4 assist.
City, who named a strong team despite their exertions in ending Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run last time out, were always in control at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Sterling gave City an early lead and they were 3-0 up at the half-time interval with Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal adding to their advantage.
An out-of-form Gabriel Jesus extended City’s cushion further after the break, Riyad Mahrez finished off a stunning team move and Nicolas Otamendi powered in a header before Leroy Sane wrapped up the scoring.
Jesus missed two great early chances but City led in the 12th minute, Sterling swapping passes neatly with Kevin De Bruyne and darting into the box to finish well.
After Jesus wasted yet another close-range opportunity from De Bruyne’s cutback, Rotherham grew into the game with Clark Robertson and Michael Smith missing headers, but City went into the break 3-0 up.
Phil Foden recorded his first Etihad goal in fortunate fashion as he miscontrolled Ilkay Gundogan’s cross, the ball bouncing in off his standing leg, before Ajayi turned a Kyle Walker cross into his own net.
Jesus finally got his goal in the 53rd minute, on hand to tap home Sterling’s cross, with Pep Guardiola then handing a club debut to Philippe Sandler.
City had not needed to get out of second gear but they showed their class with a fine goal, Mahrez slotting in Gundogan’s pass after Rotherham were sliced open again.
Otamendi rose highest to thump home his first goal of the season from a Gundogan corner and the rout was completed with five minutes to go when Sane’s 20-yard drive deflected past helpless goalkeeper Marek Rodak.