Manchester United, needing a six-goal margin to top the group at the Dallas Cup, smashed that seemingly steep target by thrashing Higashi Fukuoka 8-0 at the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday evening.
Nishan Burkart helped himself to a hat-trick against the Japanese side as Kieran McKenna's boys booked a semi-final date against Arsenal on Friday while group runners-up Tigres, the best second-placed team across the tournament, meet Monterrey in an all-Mexican affair.
Joshua Bohui claimed the first two goals, tucking home after good passes by Mason Greenwood and Burkart and then converting a penalty low to the keeper's right when Largie Ramazani was fouled in the box. Some high pressing won the ball deep in Higashi territory to allow Burkart to slam in a third and it was 4-0 before the break, courtesy of Greenwood rounding the keeper to net when breaking clean through.
United kept going in the second half, with Jake Kenyon's far-post cross finished by Burkart and Dion McGhee's right-wing corner headed home by Greenwood for his fourth goal in three games in the tournament.
Swiss forward Burkart completed his treble by scrambling home when Dyan Levitt's belter rebounded off the bar and the back of the keeper and another McGhee corner led to number eight - Di'Shon Bernard thumping in a header for his first goal for the club.