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Ireland's Obafemi nabs beautiful assist on injury return as Southampton cruise to victory

The talented striker sent Danny Ings through for his second goal of a 4-0 rout against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup.

IRELAND’S MICHAEL OBAFEMI played a key role in Southampton’s emphatic victory over Portsmouth in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. 

Goals from Cédric Soares, Nathan Redmond, and a brace from Danny Ings secured the 4-0 result to fire the Saints into the last 16 of the competition.

Ings grabbed both of his goals in the first half, with the talented Irish striker providing a lovely assist for his second effort, having previously been sidelined with injury.

A Southampton attack came to Obafemi in Portsmouth’s half of the pitch just before half-time.

After taking a touch, the Dublin-born star threaded a perfectly weighted pass through the defence to find Ings in the box and leave him with the simple task of tapping the ball home.

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Obafemi was withdrawn in the second half for Redmond, with the substitute grabbing his side’s fourth goal of the night 11 minutes after Soares also found the target.

The 19-year-old Obafemi made his full senior debut for Southampton last November. 

Earlier that month, he also made his senior international debut for Ireland against Denmark in the Uefa Nations League.

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