Welsh joy as Ramsey stuns Italy

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 22.50CET
Wales 2-1 Italy
Wales continued their fine start as Aaron Ramsey's goal ensured the 2009 semi-finalists opened their Group 3 campaign with defeat.
by Tom Kell
Welsh joy as Ramsey stuns Italy
Wales beat Italy 2-1 ©Getty Images

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Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts7
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
0
Fouls committed4
 
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Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 22.50CET

Welsh joy as Ramsey stuns Italy

Wales 2-1 Italy
Wales continued their fine start as Aaron Ramsey's goal ensured the 2009 semi-finalists opened their Group 3 campaign with defeat.

Aaron Ramsey scored the winner as Wales continued their superb start in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-1 win over 2009 semi-finalists Italy in Swansea.

Terrific start
The Arsenal FC midfielder struck on 68 minutes to give Wales all three points after Christian Ribeiro and Alberto Paloschi had traded first-half goals. The victory puts Wales in command of Group 3 with ten points from four games and leaves the five-time U21 champions looking for their first points of the campaign against Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Fast start
Wales wasted little time in building on their fine start to their qualification campaign and took the lead after just eight minutes when Ribeiro was left unmarked at the back post to sidefoot in Ramsey's corner. However, an Italian side containing the likes of FC Internazionale Milano's Mario Balotelli hit back midway through the half courtesy of the in-form Alberto Paloschi. Paloschi, who scored the winner for Parma FC against Calcio Catania on Sunday, headed home Antonino Barilla's corner to level the scores.

Spectacular winner
Italy stayed on level terms until midway through the second period when Ramsey, who has also been on the mark for Arsenal already this season, controlled with aplomb and fired a superb half-volley beyond visiting goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo. Wales were unfortunate not to be in Sweden for the 2009 U21 Championship after losing to England in the play-offs, but victory over Italy leaves them in good shape to win a place in Denmark in two years' time. They are top of Group 3 – four points clear of Hungary having played four games to their three – while Italy are second from bottom just one fixture into their campaign.

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Last updated: 05/09/09 8.39CET

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Wales

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Italy

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1Christopher Maxwell (GK)1Vincenzo Fiorillo (GK)
2Neal Eardley2Guiseppe Bellusci
3Neil Taylor3Lorenzo Ariaudo
4Andy King4Roberto Soriano
Substitution83'
5Darcy Blake
Substitution65'
5Andrea Ranocchia (C)
6Christian Ribeiro
Goal8'
6Gabriele Angella
7Mark Bradley
Yellow Card22'
7Tommaso Bianchi
Substitution76'
8Aaron Ramsey
Goal68'
8Andrea Poli
9Samuel Vokes9Alberto Paloschi
Goal23'
Yellow Card45+1'
10Simon Church
Substitution62'
10Mario Balotelli
11Shaun MacDonald (C)11Antonino Barillà
Substitution71'

Substitutes

12David Cornell (GK)12Andrea Seculin (GK)
13Adam Matthews13Davide Brivio
14Aaron Morris
Substitution65'
14Andrea Rispoli
15Ashley Richards15Francesco Bolzoni
Substitution83'
16Joseph Partington16Ivan Castiglia
17Casey Thomas17Cristian Pasquato
Substitution71'
18Chedwyn Evans
Substitution62'
18Federico Macheda
Substitution76'

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Vitaly Drozdov (RUS)

Fourth official

Sergey Karasev (RUS)

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