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Sport Ramsey double sends Wales through to Euro 2020

01:09  20 november  2019
01:09  20 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Aaron Ramsey scored twice in Cardiff as Wales got the win they needed against Hungary to qualify for Euro 2020 . The Juventus midfielder opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, Gareth Bale curling in a delicious cross for the unmarked Ramsey

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a group of people standing next to a football ball: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary Wales reached their second straight European Championship finals after a goal in each half by midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave them a 2-0 home win over Hungary in their decisive Group E qualifier on Tuesday.

The Welsh, who reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals, finished runners-up on 14 points from eight games, three behind Croatia who sealed their berth on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Slovakia.

Having previously gone 58 years without reaching a major tournament after the 1958 World Cup, there were joyous scenes at the Cardiff City Stadium as Wales produced a dominant display to wrap up qualification.

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AARON RAMSEY was the comeback star for Wales after his stunning brace fired Ryan Giggs' heroes to Euro 2020 . On a night where both Wales and Hungary needed to win to ensure qualification, Ramsey 's Wales almost grabbed a second goal through Moore following a swift counter-attack.

Aaron Ramsey headed Wales into the lead from a Gareth Bale cross in the 15th minute on Tuesday night. Wales players celebrate after going 2-0 up against Hungary in their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday night. Aaron Ramsey celebrates in front of the home fans after doubling his side's lead

Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

The outcome was a triumph for manager Ryan Giggs, who never kicked a ball at a World Cup or European Championship as a player but can now revel in guiding his country to Euro 2020 after taking over from Chris Coleman in January 2018.

Former Manchester United winger Giggs, who won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies with the club, was delighted.

a group of football players on a field: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

"It doesn't get any better, it's amazing," Giggs was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"From where we were in the summer, all credit to the lads for coming back. One of the best days of my life."

FIRST BLOOD

Both sides needed victory to progress and Wales drew first blood when Ramsey rose to head home from six metres in the 15th minute after a perfect Gareth Bale cross from the right.

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WALES must beat Hungary if they want to qualify directly for Euro 2020 - and avoid the dreaded play-offs. Hungary will be devastated that it has come to this, having looked on course to join Croatia in Euro 2020 - but two defeats in three matches means they head to Cardiff needing at least a point.

Aaron Ramsey fired Wales to Euro 2020 as a 2-0 victory over Hungary in Cardiff sealed their place in next James, Ben Davies and Ramsey were all involved before Bale sent over a teasing cross which Kieffer Created with Sketch. Wales secure Euro 2020 spot as Ramsey double downs Hungary.

Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

With Hungary pressing for an equaliser, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a crucial double save in the 34th minute when he parried a Dominik Szoboszlai shot from eight metres and then smothered Roland Sallai’s follow up.

a group of football players on a field: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/REBECCA NADEN Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

Ramsey, who tore Hungary's midfield apart with crisp passing, struck again in the 47th with a close-range drive into the top corner after Kieffer Moore scrambled a Ben Davies free kick into his path.

Hungary were fortunate not to concede more goals as Daniel James curled a shot from the edge of the penalty area inches wide before Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi denied Ramsey a hat-trick with a reflex save.

Lee Hughes, Rob Page, Tony Roberts posing for a photo: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/REBECCA NADEN Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

Ramsey, who had struggled at club and international level since his close-season move from Arsenal to Juventus, hoped for a campaign similar to the one in 2016 when the Welsh emerged as the tournament's surprise package.

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Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Wales Press Conference - The Vale Resort, Hensol, Wales , Britain - November 18 (Reuters) – Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are both ready to start for Wales in their decisive Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday, manager Ryan Giggs has said.

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a crowd of people watching a football game: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

"We had the best time of our lives in France (at Euro 2016) so we wanted to make sure we got there again," he said.

"I missed a lot of this campaign but I've chipped in now and it's worthwhile."

Bale added: "It's about time he contributed! He's a world class player, it's great to have him back and his goals helped us through.

a football player on a field: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

"We have been getting better throughout the campaign and this is where we want to be. We will go there and have some fun again."

The Hungarians will have another chance to reach next year's 24-nation tournament via the playoffs and so will Slovakia, who beat Azerbaijan 2-0 at home in the group's other fixture.

a group of men playing a game of football: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary© Reuters/REBECCA NADEN Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group E - Wales v Hungary

The Slovakians needed Wales and Hungary to draw in order to progress with a win against the Azeris but goals from Robert Bozenik and Marek Hamsik turned out to be a mere consolation in light of a magnificent Welsh performance.

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