Match ends, Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0.
Oxford United made it two wins from two at the start of their League One campaign by beating Portsmouth at the Kassam Stadium.
Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels were on target for the second week running, having both bagged in Oxford's season-opening victory at Oldham last week, while Gino van Kessel scored a brilliant individual goal.
It was the visitors who had the first sight at goal when Kyle Bennett tried his luck from 20 yards, which Simon Eastwood parried for a corner.
Jack Whatmough headed straight at the U's goalkeeper while Pompey forward Brett Pitman had a goal disallowed for a push in the back just before half-time.
Oxford capitalised on the let-off early in the second half when Thomas bundled in from three yards after Luke McGee failed to hold Christian Ribeiro's cross-shot.
It remained that way until the 82nd minute, when substitute Van Kessel, signed on loan from Slavia Prague, marked his introduction by beating two defenders and slamming home an angled drive.
Ruffels then slid in a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time to complete Pompey's miserable second half.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 21Ferreira da Silva
- 11JohnsonSubstituted forvan Kesselat 79'minutes
- 17HenrySubstituted forHallat 76'minutes
- 9ThomasSubstituted forObikaat 69'minutes
- 39van Kessel
- 25TalbotSubstituted forBakerat 69'minutes
- 22NaismithSubstituted forChaplinat 57'minutes
- Graham Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0.
Goal! Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Payne.
Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).
Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).
Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Goal! Oxford United 2, Portsmouth 0. Gino van Kessel (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Hall.
Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).
Jack Payne (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Oxford United. Gino van Kessel replaces Marvin Johnson.
Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Payne (Oxford United).
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke McGee.
Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.
Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces James Henry.