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'Genuinely world class': Manchester City teen lauded for latest international display

Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu has delivered yet another masterclass for the Republic of Ireland.

The 19-year-old, one of many bright talents from the Citizens academy, has made a real name for himself this past week.

Last Wednesday, Bazunu denied Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo from the penalty spot with a marvellous save.

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The City gem was impressive all game, though Ronaldo would eventually grab two late goals to snatch a point away from Ireland.

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Bazunu then did well in the 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan at the weekend and, on Tuesday, shone once again in the 1-1 draw with Serbia.

Stephen Kenny’s charges fell behind in the 20th minute as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic headed home from Dusan Tadic’s corner.

But four minutes from time, the hosts drew level as Milinkovic-Savic’s clearance went in off Nikola Milenkovic.

At full time, the Irish media lauded the City prodigy.

“Ireland’s best player of the international break and the success story of the Kenny era,” wrote the Irish Times.

“Made save after save, including a right-footed stop from Mitrovic which was genuinely world class.”

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They gave Bazunu a 9 out of 10, the same as the Irish Independent.

“Caoimhin Kelleher fans may disagree but Kenny’s judgement in going with the young goalkeeper has been spectacularly vindicated,” they wrote.

“Bazunu (made) a string of saves in a courageous and composure filled showing.”

The City starlet is currently on loan at Portsmouth, where he has kept three clean sheets in four League One appearances.

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