Manchester City eased to victory in their opening Champions League game of the season at Feyenoord.
John Stones headed a brace for the visitors, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus also found the back of the net for Pep Guardiola's men.
The Dutch pre-match platitudes about how City could win this tournament hid a desire to bloody the noses of the mighty, which is never far from the surface in this port city, where they loathe the sophisticated, cultured rivals from Ajax of Amsterdam.
Manchester City romped to victory in their opening Champions League game of the season at Feyenoord on Wednesday
John Stones set City on their way to a comfortably win with the opening goal within two minutes at De Kuip
Stones rose well to head a left-wing corner into the back of the Feyenoord net, nutmegging a defender on the line
City players mob Stones after his header put them in front early on on Wednesday night
Eight minutes later City were two goals to the good thanks to Sergio Aguero's emphatic near-post finish
Aguero looks delighted to have netted his first Champions League goal of the 2017-18 campaign
Gabriel Jesus scored the simplest goal he's likely to score as Feyenoord's defence stood and stared, appealing for offside
Jesus celebrates with his team-mates after making it 3-0 to the visitors with just 25 minutes of the game gone
Stones wheels away in celebration after beating goalkeeper Brad Jones with a header for the second time in the game
Stones added City's fourth goal of the game to his early opener to complete a comfortable win for the visitors
Feyenoord (5-4-1): Jones 6; Amrabat 4 (Larsson 78), St Juste 5, Botteghin 4.5, Van der Heijden 4, Nelom 4; Berghuis 6 (Toornstra HT 5), Vilhena 4.5, El Ahmadi 5, Boetius 4; Kramer 5 (Vente 72).
Subs not used: Bijlow, Diks, Tapia, Geertruida
Booked: St Juste, Kramer, Vilhena, Botteghin
Manager: Giovanni Van Bronkhorst 5
Man City (4-1-2-3): Ederson 6; Walker 7.5, Stones 7, Otamendi 6, Mendy 7.5; Fernandinho 6; de Bruyne 8, D Silva 7 (Delph 67); Bernardo 7, Aguero 8 (Sterling, 60), Jesus 7.
Subs not used: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Sane.
Goals: Stones 2, 62, Aguero 10, Jesus 25
Booked: De Bruyne
Manager: Pep Guardiola 8
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Their anthem, blasting out in the stadium beforehand, translates as 'hand in hand comrades.'
But from the game's very first breath this looked a materially different City to the side which has so often spluttered and backfired on the continent in recent years.
They arrived with a lamentable record on the road in Europe – one win in ten and one clean sheet in 17 games – but the red flare smoke had barely subsided before they extinguished the excitement of a stadium relishing elite European competition for the first time in 15 years.
There was an element of fortune about the goal which sent City ahead after 97 seconds – John Stones' half-connected header after David Silva's short corner rolling between Tony Vilhena's legs and over the line. But nothing after that lacked conviction.
Much of the added jet