Manchester City strolled into their first League Cup final in 38 years with a record 9-0 aggregate victory against semi-final opponents West Ham.

Holding a seemingly impregnable 6-0 first-leg lead, City strikers Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero combined to complete the formalities at Upton Park.

City's way to Wembley

Third round: Wigan (H) 5-0

Fourth round: Newcastle (A) 2-0

Quarter-finals: Leicester (A) 3-1

Semi-finals: West Ham (H) 6-0 & (A) 3-0

An unmarked Negredo nodded in, Aguero clipped past Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Spaniard barged through to net.

City will face either Manchester United or Sunderland at Wembley on 2 March.

Cross-city rivals United host Sunderland in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday as they try to overturn a 2-1 home win in the reverse fixture.

Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has targeted the unprecedented 'quadruple' of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in his first season at the Etihad.

And City, as expected, are already just 90 minutes from lifting their first trophy of the campaign after recording the biggest aggregate win in the League Cup semi-finals.

Pellegrini made sweeping changes to the side which smashed through the 100-goal barrier in only their 34th match of the season on Saturday.

Pellegrini proud to get to Wembley final

But, to the chagrin of West Ham, the Chilean reunited Negredo and Aguero in a fearsome-looking attack, while injury-hit £22m summer signing Stevan Jovetic made his first substitute appearance since October.

Going into the game, the pair had scored 21 goals apiece - with the whole West Ham team netting only 31 - but had not started together since Argentina striker Aguero injured his calf against Arsenal on 14 December.

Negredo needed just 154 seconds to open the scoring when he planted in Portuguese teenager Marcos Lopez's pinpoint cross with the freedom of the Hammers penalty area.

Then, Aguero kept pace with his strike partner by pouncing on more calamitous Hammers defending to clip beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Highest aggregate wins in English football

Season Fixture Score

Source: Opta Sports

1945-46

Aldershot v Newport (FAC)

12-0

1981-82

Liverpool v Exeter (LC)

11-0

1983-84

West Ham v Bury (LC)

12-1

1986-87

Liverpool v Fulham (LC)

13-2

1987-88

Watford v Darlington (LC)

11-0

1990-91

Everton v Wrexham (LC)

11-0

Key: LC (League Cup), FAC (FA Cup)

* All second-round ties

And, after collecting a neat one-two from Aguero, Negredo surged through a pair of flimsy Hammers challenges to tuck past Jaaskelainen.

With West Ham needing almost a miracle to reach Wembley, Allardyce urged his players to restore pride in front of a sparse 14,390 crowd in east London.

But the home fans had little to cheer with City keeper Costel Pantilimon only stretched on a handful of occasions.

Mohamed Diame, who was later carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury, slashed an angled shot wide and substitute Carlton Cole was denied by the feet of the giant Romanian.

However, the hosts were boosted by an encouraging 45-minute display from Andy Carroll, who was making his first Hammers start since the final game of last season after a foot injury.

The England striker was the Hammers' most potent attacking threat before being replaced by Cole at the break, although showed his rustiness by heading over the City crossbar when well-placed.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

Timing of first goal disappoints Allardyce

"The most disappointing thing was our defensive unit doing what it did in the first few minutes. Manchester City are a super, super team but it was not a super, super opening goal.

"It was bog-standard defending, which was disappointing. You cannot make the amount of mistakes at this level that we did.

"Obviously we were disappointed to lose Joe Cole and Mo Diame to injuries, but we'll have to see how serious they are. Mo's injury might not have been as serious as it first looked."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"It was a very professional performance. It was easy to think the game was finished from the 6-0 in the first leg, but it was important to reach the final winning all the games.

"For Sergio Aguero, it was useful match as he played 60 minutes.

"Alvaro Negredo has a problem with his shoulder. He has pain at the moment and we will see if it is serious on Wednesday."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

West Ham United

  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 14 Taylor
  • 08 Rat
  • 15 Morrison
  • 28 Johnson
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 21 Diamé (Collison - 89' )
  • 18 Diarra Booked
  • 09 Carroll (Cole - 45' )
  • 04 Nolan
  • 26 Cole (Downing - 47' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Jarvis
  • 10 Collison
  • 13 Adrián
  • 16 Noble
  • 23 Downing
  • 24 Cole
  • 37 Chambers

Manchester City

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 38 Boyata
  • 22 Clichy Booked
  • 14 Javi García (Rodwell - 63' )
  • 06 Lescott
  • 33 Nastasic
  • 15 Jesús Navas (Kolarov - 79' )
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 16 Agüero Booked (Jovetic - 65' )
  • 09 Negredo
  • 64 Mesquita Lopes

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 17 Rodwell
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 35 Jovetic
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 14,390

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

3 6

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester City 3.

90:00 +1:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester City 3.

90:00 +0:05

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:39

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

88:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Jack Collison replaces Mohamed Diamé because of an injury.

88:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:31

Delay in match Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) because of an injury.

86:14

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

86:14

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:13

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

80:51

Attempt blocked. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

80:49

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

79:44

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:02

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Razvan Rat.

78:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Jesús Navas.

75:50

Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a through ball.

73:51

Attempt missed. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Taylor with a cross following a corner.

73:27

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

71:46

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

70:42

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

70:15

Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Alou Diarra with a headed pass.

69:50

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

69:50

Alou Diarra (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:20

Marcos Lopes (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:20

Foul by Razvan Rat (West Ham United).

64:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Sergio Agüero.

63:15 Booking

Booking Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:14

Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

63:14

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jack Rodwell replaces Javi García.

61:39

Delay in match Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) because of an injury.

60:40

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

58:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Manchester City 3. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

54:30

Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:33

Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).

53:33

Carlton Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:15

Hand ball by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

50:07

Attempt saved. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a through ball.

48:16

Foul by Marcos Lopes (Manchester City).

48:16

Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Stewart Downing replaces Joe Cole because of an injury.

46:23

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:23

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

45:00

Second Half begins West Ham United 0, Manchester City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Andy Carroll.

45:00 +1:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester City 2.

45:00 +0:56

Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:56

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

45:00 +0:08

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:59

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

40:20

Offside, Manchester City. Jesús Navas tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

39:15

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

39:15

Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:45

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

37:37

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:02 Booking

Booking Alou Diarra (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:48

Marcos Lopes (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:48

Foul by Alou Diarra (West Ham United).

34:25

Offside, West Ham United. James Tomkins tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

34:14

Foul by Marcos Lopes (Manchester City).

34:14

Alou Diarra (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:42

Foul by Ravel Morrison (West Ham United).

31:42

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:40 Booking

Booking Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:27

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:27

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

27:35

Attempt missed. Joe Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

27:12

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

27:11

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

26:43

Attempt saved. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:37

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

24:37

Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

22:12

Joe Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:12

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

17:45

Attempt saved. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

16:24

Attempt blocked. Matija Nastasic (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javi García.

15:49

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jussi Jääskeläinen.

15:46

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcos Lopes.

14:01

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross.

11:19

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

10:41

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:41

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

9:57

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

7:14

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matija Nastasic.

5:28

Offside, West Ham United. Matthew Taylor tries a through ball, but Kevin Nolan is caught offside.

2:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 0, Manchester City 1. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcos Lopes with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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