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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
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.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.15CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Italy

Italy

1
MaxwellChris Maxwell (GK)
1
FiorilloVincenzo Fiorillo (GK)
2
EardleyNeal Eardley
2
BellusciGuiseppe Bellusci
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
3
AriaudoLorenzo Ariaudo
4
KingAndy King
4
SorianoRoberto Soriano
Substitution83
5
BlakeDarcy Blake
Substitution65
5
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia (C)
6
RibeiroChristian Ribeiro
Goal8
6
AngellaGabriele Angella
7
BradleyMark Bradley
Yellow Card22
7
BianchiTommaso Bianchi
Substitution76
8
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Goal68
8
PoliAndrea Poli
9
VokesSam Vokes
9
PaloschiAlberto Paloschi
Goal23
Yellow Card45+1
10
ChurchSimon Church
Substitution62
10
BalotelliMario Balotelli
11
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald (C)
11
BarillàAntonino Barillà
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
CornellDavid Cornell (GK)
12
SeculinAndrea Seculin (GK)
13
MatthewsAdam Matthews
13
BrivioDavide Brivio
14
MorrisAaron Morris
Substitution65
14
RispoliAndrea Rispoli
15
RichardsJazz Richards
15
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
Substitution83
16
PartingtonJoseph Partington
16
CastigliaIvan Castiglia
17
ThomasCasey Thomas
17
PasquatoCristian Pasquato
Substitution71
18
EvansChed Evans
Substitution62
18
MachedaFederico Macheda
Substitution76

Coach

Brian Flynn (WAL) Pierluigi Casiraghi (ITA)

Referee

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Vitali Drozdov (RUS)

Fourth official

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution