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14.02.2010 Football News

Abeyie to gate-crash Ghana's World Cup squad after Pompey goal

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Ghanaian midfielder Quincy Owusu-Abeyie came off the bench and opened the scoring for Portsmouth in their 1-4 win over rivals Southampton in the English FA Cup tie at St Mary's.

Pompey boss Avram Grant made his move just before the hour mark, introducing Quincy for Angelos Basinas and giving his side a more attacking look heading into the final third of the match.

Quincy got into the action straight away with a run down the left and was welcomed with a crunching tackle from Dean Hammond, earning the Saints skipper a booking.

It was pure adrenaline from Hammond as his side were scenting an upset.

If Lallana got more power on a volley when sent through, James would have been severely tested again.

Quincy struck in the 66th minute after Hassan Yebda crossed from the right and Utaka worked the ball to the substitute.

The former Arsenal forward took a touch to steady himself and then coolly curled home from just inside the penalty area.

The lead lasted just four minutes as Lambert headed in at the far post from a free-kick-but Pompey were ahead again shortly after the leveller.

Hayden Mullins started the move down the right before Quincy sent Dindane through to chip Davis for his second goal this week after netting against Sunderland.

Saints substitute Lee Barnard had a strike chalked off for offside late on, then Belhadj added a third when he raced through and sold Davis a dummy before finishing.

O'Hara volleyed home the fourth after a sweeping move.

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