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Fulham 0-1 Southampton: Teenager Michael Obafemi hits Saints winner

Michael Obafemi signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Southampton in February
Michael Obafemi signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with Southampton in February

Teenager Michael Obafemi earned Southampton a place in the Carabao Cup third round after hitting the winner at Championship Fulham.

The 19-year-old tapped home the second senior goal of his career by connecting with Nathan Redmond's low cross.

Fulham started strongly - forward Bobby Reid hitting the bar with a free-kick before defender Cyrus Christie was denied by Alex McCarthy's smart save from the rebound.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl named a strong side and the 2016-2017 finalists ensured they made Wednesday's draw with a hard-working performance.

They peppered Fulham with 19 shots - seven on target - while substitute Danny Ings was denied his second goal of the season by a fine save.

The former Liverpool forward found himself clean through in the 84th minute but Fulham's Slovakian keeper Marek Rodak held his nerve to frustrate Ings.

Republic of Ireland forward Obafemi is Southampton's youngest scorer in the competition since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was 16 when he scored against Bournemouth in 2010.

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "It was a good test for us, good for the players who haven't played to get 90 minutes. The most pleasing thing for me was that the young players got a chance to be involved."

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: "I think in the first half we were a little bit lazy and not aggressive enough. The second half was much better, we pressed them earlier with more players which we talked about during the break."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 22Christie
  • 6McDonald
  • 20Le MarchandBooked at 71mins
  • 23Bryan
  • 8JohansenBooked at 47minsSubstituted forFrancoisat 80'minutes
  • 33O'Riley
  • 36De La TorreSubstituted forDavisat 90'minutes
  • 47KamaraSubstituted forTaylor-Crossdaleat 90+2'minutes
  • 25Onomah
  • 14De Cordova-Reid

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 32Norman
  • 34Opoku
  • 35Francois
  • 38Davis
  • 39Taylor-Crossdale
  • 43S Sessegnon

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 35BednarekSubstituted forYoshidaat 60'minutes
  • 38DansoBooked at 6mins
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-ProwseBooked at 8mins
  • 19Boufal
  • 12Djenepo
  • 20ObafemiSubstituted forIngsat 68'minutes
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forLongat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 9Ings
  • 17Armstrong
  • 28Gunn
  • 43Valery
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
8,467

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 1.

Foul by Tyrese Francois (Fulham).

Kevin Danso (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moussa Djenepo (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Martell Taylor-Crossdale replaces Aboubakar Kamara.

Attempt saved. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

Kevin Danso (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Benjamin Davis replaces Luca De La Torre.

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Attempt saved. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt O'Riley.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tyrese Francois replaces Stefan Johansen.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Danso (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Nathan Redmond because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Booking

Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).

Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Danny Ings replaces Michael Obafemi because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Michael Obafemi (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oriol Romeu following a fast break.

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