Chelsea made light work of Leicester to maintain their impressive Women’s Super League title defense at the King Power Stadium.
The Blues were five goals clear at the break thanks to Guro Reiten, Fran Kirby, Jessie Fleming, Niamh Charles and Sam Kerr.
Fleming then grabbed his second and substitute Beth England headed number seven home.
Kirby added an eighth on a ruthless afternoon for the leaders.
It took just four minutes for Chelsea to take the lead through Reiten, who slid the ball into the bottom corner after clever linking play with Kirby.
Reiten then got the first of four assists eight minutes later, slotting the ball into Fleming and leaving her with a simple close-range finish.
Fully in control, Chelsea began to exert themselves more, scoring three times in the final six minutes of the first half.
Kirby got into the act with a stylish finish on the outside of the boot, before Charles headed home from a corner of Reiten.
Not to be outdone, Kerr added a fifth as Reiten’s assist stole the show again. Her search ball left the Australian with an easy task, but her finishing was generally emphatic.
Five minutes after the break, Fleming added to Leicester’s misery. Jemma Purfield’s low clearance from Charles’ cross fell on her, and she shipped confidently.
Moments after their introduction, Alsu Abdullina and England teamed up for the latter to go home a seventh 15 minutes from time.
There was still time for Kirby to go home late, with Abdullina again involved.
Brilliant Blues marks Hayes landmark in style
This result is hardly a surprise. Leicester, although improving in terms of performance under Willie Kirk, entered this game bottom of the table without a point in their first eight games.
On the other hand, the champions started knowing that they would need a victory to stay there after Manchester United’s crushing victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Although they couldn’t match or surpass their numerical dominance since last visiting King Power in March when they won 9-0, their dominance here was just as evident.
It was Reiten’s show in the first half, and her ball for Kerr was particularly eye-catching as she had a WSL record four assists.
But the difference in quality was so big that almost everyone had their moment in coach Emma Hayes’ 300th game.
Leicester have fought hard but will be relieved their season isn’t defined by tough games like this as they remain four points behind 11th-placed Reading.