Khadija Shaw scored four goals as Manchester City hammered Brighton to climb to third in the Women’s Super League.
Shaw struck twice in the first 12 minutes and when Caroline Weir quickly added another the game seemed over.
Brighton pulled two back before half-time, but Shaw scored twice more and Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp also netted after the break.
Victory was City’s 11th in a row in all competitions.
It lifted them two points above rivals Manchester United and into the final Champions League qualifying spot with two games remaining.
If United fail to beat West Ham at home on Sunday, City will confirm Champions League football next season with victory over Birmingham on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck pulled off an excellent save to keep City in the game at 3-2.
Chloe Kelly, recently recovered from a serious knee injury, impressed on the right flank and contributed to City’s potency going forward.
They travel to Reading in their final WSL game on 8 May.
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Man City Women
- 33KennedySubstituted forMaceat 73′minutes
- 19WeirSubstituted forAngeldahlat 78′minutes
- 9KellySubstituted forRasoat 63′minutes
- 21ShawSubstituted forWhiteat 78′minutes
- 15HempSubstituted forBlakstadat 73′minutes
- 6Le Tissier
- 20WilliamsSubstituted forKerkdijkat 62′minutes
- 8ConnollySubstituted forSimpkinsat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 21Zigiotti Olme
- 9LeeSubstituted forSymondsat 87′minutes
- 18CarterSubstituted forWhelanat 72′minutes
- Amy Fearns
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Match ends, Manchester City Women 7, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.
Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 7, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 2.
Emily Simpkins (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emily Simpkins (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).
Attempt saved. Hayley Raso (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Emily Simpkins replaces Megan Connolly.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Maisie Symonds replaces Lee Geum-Min.
Foul by Hayley Raso (Manchester City Women).
Emma Koivisto (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Julie Blakstad (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hayley Raso with a cross.
Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Maya Le Tissier.
Substitution, Manchester City Women. Filippa Angeldahl replaces Caroline Weir.
Substitution, Manchester City Women. Ellen White replaces Khadija Shaw.
Offside, Manchester City Women. Alex Greenwood tries a through ball, but Georgia Stanway is caught offside.
Foul by Julie Blakstad (Manchester City Women).
Maya Le Tissier (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Manchester City Women. Ruby Mace replaces Alanna Kennedy.
Substitution, Manchester City Women. Julie Blakstad replaces Lauren Hemp.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Aileen Whelan replaces Danielle Carter.