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A clinical Shane Long finish put Southampton ahead against Chelsea today

The Ireland striker capitalised on a poor header by Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman.

Shane Long celebrates scoring against Chelsea.
Shane Long celebrates scoring against Chelsea.
Image: Paul Harding

Updated at 16.31

SHANE LONG SCORED his 12th goal of the season in all competitions today to put Southampton 1-0 up against Chelsea today.

The Ireland striker capitalised on a poor header by Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman, racing clear on goal and chipping the ball over Thibaut Courtois.

Irish fans will be hoping Long can repeat the feat against Belgium first-choice goalkeeper Courtois at the Euros this summer.

In less positive news from an Irish perspective, however, Long had to go off injured in the second half and was replaced by Graziano Pellè — another player that Ireland could potentially come up against in France this June.

Meanwhile, in Long’s absence, Chelsea produced a comeback, winning 2-1, as Cesc Fabregas’ cross fortuitously found the back of the net on 75 minutes, before Branislav Ivanovic headed home the winner late on.

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