Southampton's trio of England FIFA World Cup hopefuls were the stars of the show as they eased to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United.
Jay Rodriguez scored twice, with Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana also finding the net, to help Southampton cruise to victory in front of the watching England manager Roy Hodgson at St Mary's on Saturday.
Reserve Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, in for the injured Tim Krul, produced a string of outstanding saves in the first half, but his efforts proved in vain in a dismal showing from the rest of the Newcastle side.
Alan Pardew started his four-game touchline ban following the end of his three-match stadium suspension for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler earlier this month.
But the Newcastle boss will have been thoroughly disappointed with what he witnessed as Lambert set up Rodriguez for the opener in first-half injury time, before then converting a Lallana delivery shortly after the break to effectively ensure Southampton's victory.
And the win was rounded off as Lallana netted with a stunning long-range strike and Rodriguez coolly powered home his second in the closing stages to cap a wonderful display from Mauricio Pochettino's men.
Elliot saw his goal threatened three times in the early going by Rodriguez, who missed a glaring opportunity after breaking free of the Newcastle defence, before then heading wide from a Calum Chambers cross.
Rodriguez did eventually produce an effort on target with a low header, but was thwarted by a fine diving save from Elliot.
That stop clearly boosted Elliot's confidence and he again came to the rescue after 15 minutes with an excellent one-on-one save from Lambert.
Southampton continued to waste opportunities, with captain Lallana somehow heading wide from point-blank range after Chambers had knocked a clever ball from Lambert into his path.
The hosts' dominance was evident in every facet of the game, with only Elliot, who produced a marvellous stop shortly before the break to again deny Rodriguez, keeping the scores level.
The former Burnley striker looked to have the goal at his mercy from a Lambert flick-on, but Elliot displayed remarkable reflexes to keep the ball out.
However, Elliot was finally beaten in first-half injury time as Rodrgiuez slotted home a simple finish after Lambert had sprung the visitors' offside trap.
Newcastle made two changes during the interval, Davide Santon and Luuk de Jong replacing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem Ben Arfa.
But those alterations had little impact and Southampton doubled their lead just four minutes into the second half when Lambert rattled home Lallana's right-wing cross at the far post.
The visitors were lucky to keep 11 men on the field following a rash challenge on Jack Cork from Papiss Cisse, but their misery was soon compounded by Lallana and Rodriguez.
First, Lallana picked up the ball in midfield, surging forward before unleashing a vicious long-range effort that flew past Elliot into the top corner, before Rodriguez emphatically converted Gaston Ramirez's ball over the top of the Newcastle defence a minute from time.
|MLS Review: Giovinco inspires Toronto, Dallas surrender two-goal lead|
|Man United handed third-round tie against Burton, Chelsea to face Forest|
|Pogba lauds legendary Rooney after England retirement|
|That´s what he´s capable of – Zidane praises Ronaldo after Fiorentina stunner|
|PSG asked for Nice midfielder Seri to f*** Barca – agent|
|I think WTF? It´s your job – Klopp tells players to deliver|
|Neymar on same level as Messi and Ronaldo – Dupraz|
|Surely there´s better? – Riise questions Lovren|
|Real Madrid 2 Fiorentina 1: Banned Ronaldo nets stunner in Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu|
|Gay players in Premier League would get respect - Pogba|
|Nagelsmann slams Hoffenheim´s Anfield collapse|
|Klopp delights in Liverpool´s perfect storm|
|Champions League Review: Can bags brace as Liverpool qualify|
|Champions League is where Liverpool belong - Henderson|
|Wolves, Forest provide EFL Cup shocks as Burnley claim derby bragging rights|
|Liverpool 4 Hoffenheim 2 (6-3 agg): Can at the double in Reds´ Champions League romp|
|De Boer unsure of Zaha return date|
|Messi and Pogba launch UEFA initiative|
|Koeman respects Rooney´s England retirement|
|Carragher endorses Rooney´s England retirement|
|Sanchez: Spurs move is huge step forward|
|Hometown hero Rooney right to call time on England days|
|Evans would shine for Man City, says Northern Ireland coach O´Neill|
|FIFA takes control of Cameroon´s FA|
|Clucas completes Swansea move|
|Talent means nothing to me – Mertesacker outlines academy ethos|
|Emery embracing Neymar whirlwind as PSG aim to conquer the world|
|No words needed - Juventus midfielder Marchisio rejects transfer speculation|
|Favre critical of Balotelli performance after jewellery shenanigans|
|Atletico star Griezmann lands two-game ban for ref outburst|
|A magnificent international career - Lineker and Owen lead Rooney tributes|
|West Brom tie Dawson to new contract|
|Record at 17 to striking down Scotland – Rooney´s top five England performances|
|Huddersfield snap up Sabiri|
|Gazzaniga joins Tottenham on five-year deal|
|England still need him - Eriksson urges Rooney retirement rethink|
|53 goals, but just one at the World Cup - Wayne Rooney´s England career in Opta stats|
|Kawasaki Frontale 3 Urawa Reds 1: Kobayashi double puts hosts in control|
|Wayne Rooney retires from England international duty|
|FIFA investigating Neymar complaint over unpaid Barcelona loyalty bonus|
|Liverpool great Souness ´would snap Barcelona´s hand off´ for massive Coutinho fee|
|Walker-Peters signs new Tottenham contract after impressive debut|
|Sarri eyes Manchester United after Napoli reach Champions League groups|
|Ronaldo to play 90 minutes in Santiago Bernabeu Trophy clash|
|Seri denies Barcelona move has been agreed|
|Barcelona confirm hacking after Di Maria ´announcement´|
|Ancelotti: Bayern academy a good answer to Neymar move|
|Jedinak out of Socceroos´ crucial World Cup qualifiers|
|Rooney ready for England recall, says Jagielka|
|Barcelona a dream for everyone – Insigne|
|Champions League return a statement for Liverpool - Klopp|
|Watford early EFL Cup casualties as Bristol City take the sting out of 10-man Hornets|
|´Surprised´ PSG deny wrongdoing as Barcelona take action against Neymar|
|Champions League Review: Callejon and Insigne secure Napoli´s place at the expense of Nice|
|Neymar back in Barcelona and trolling Pique, with Messi´s help|
|FIFA condemns Fancy Bears´ leak over TUEs at 2010 World Cup|
|Southampton strengthen defence with £15m Hoedt from Lazio|
|Klopp and Coutinho´s relationship ´100 per cent´ okay|
|They will never overthrow me - Ronaldo responds to ban appeal rejection|
|AFC Champions League Review: Hulk stars in Guangzhou thrashing, Persepolis fight back against Al-Ahl|
|Mixed emotions for Rodgers and Brown as Celtic advance after ´game of basketball´|
|Ronaldo´s five-match ban upheld as latest appeal fails|
|Matuidi dreaming of Champions League glory at Juventus|
|Astana 4 Celtic 3 (4-8 agg): Rodgers´ men weather second-half storm to reach Champions League group|
|It´s a maybe - Bilic waiting on Carvalho deal|
|AC Milan apologise to Fiorentina over Mirabelli´s Kalinic joke|
|Cancelo joins Inter on loan from Valencia|
|Rojo returns to Manchester United training after four-month lay-off|
|Barcelona take legal action against Neymar for alleged breach of contract|
|Weigl back in Dortmund training as recovery from broken ankle continues|
|Fancy Bears group names players granted TUEs for World Cup 2010|
|Thiago and Martinez return to Bayern Munich training|
|Rooney´s England career is over - Hurst|
|Icardi: Argentina have the best attack in the world|
|Monaco ultras fire warning to Mbappe amid talk of PSG move|
|Mane more important to Liverpool than Barcelona target Coutinho, claims Carragher|
|Arsenal midfielder Wilshere challenges reporter after red card|
|Marseille president admits interest in Moussa Dembele|
|Kalinic capture continues AC Milan overhaul|
|Hoffenheim play better football than Liverpool – Demirbay|
|Rooney trolls ´familiar faces´ after scoring landmark goal against Manchester City|
|Messi is unsure about Barcelona future, claims Benedito|
|Giggs expects Manchester United to be hard to stop under Mourinho|
|Courtois takes swipe at Tottenham fans after Chelsea win at Wembley|
|Referee abandons match in China to catch flight|
|Fassone: No more signings planned for Milan|
|Messi´s buyout clause? Someone could pay it – Guardiola|
|Koeman lauds ´clever´ Rooney after 200th Premier League goal|
|Burnley boss Dyche tells Wood to be like Neymar|
|Mbappe to PSG will ruin Ligue 1, warns Aulas|
|Rooney revels in 200th Premier League goal as Everton hold City|
|West Brom´s Robson-Kanu loses red card appeal|
|Costa would fit in at Marseille – Eyraud|
|One of the proudest days of my life - Pep Guardiola delighted with City effort in Everton draw|