Picture perfect Lampard sends City into seven heaven
Manchester City 7 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Frank Lampard inspired Manchester City to a seven-goal victory against Sheffield Wednesday before posing for a selfie with an audacious supporter in the centre-circle during this League Cup tie.
Lampard, on loan from the club's MLS franchise New York City FC, instigated a 13-minute goal-glut at the start of the second half which saw Manuel Pellegrini's team score four times to extinguish any hopes of an upset by the Championship outfit.
The former Chelsea midfielder's heroics led to one young supporter running onto the pitch and persuading Lampard to pose for a picture before being ushered away.
Prior to Lampard's opener, Wednesday had frustrated City in an evenly-fought first half. But with the 36-year-old midfielder one of City's few impressive performers in the first period, it was apt that he scored the opener.
With the Capital One Cup final on March 1 and Lampard due back in the United States for the start of the MLS season two weeks later, he will fancy a third winner's medal.
Youngsters such as Dedryck Boyata, Jose Angel Pozo and Sinan Bytyqi were overlooked and named on the bench, but despite the formidable strength of City's XI on the pitch, Wednesday were neither overawed nor overpowered in the first half.
And but for poor finishing by centre-forward Gary Madine, Stuart Gray's team should have taken the lead as early as the seventh minute.
James Milner had a close-range shot saved by Chris Kirkland, while Mangala rattled the post with a left-foot volley. Other than a tame Edin Dzeko header, City failed to go close before the interval.
It all changed after the interval, however, with Lampard scoring on 47 minutes after being teed up by Jesus Navas's cross.
Wednesday now found themselves washed away by a blue tide, with Dzeko making it 2-0 six minutes later, again from a Navas assist. The Spain winger then scored a third with a strike that beat Kirkland after initially hitting the crossbar, before Touré scored from the penalty spot after Kamil Zayate had been dismissed for a foul on Lampard.
Dzeko made it 5-0 on 77 minutes before teenage forward Pozo scored a debut goal in the 90th minute. Lampard then made it 7-0 three minutes into stoppage time.(© Daily Telegraph, London)
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