Ramsey sends message to Ampadu after red card in Wales defeat to Italy

Wales star Aaron Ramsey has sent a message to Ethan Ampadu after the young centre-back was sent off in their side’s defeat to Italy.

Rob Page’s men secured second place in Group A to move into the Last 16 of Euro 2020, where they will play Russia, Finland or Denmark.

The Azzurri dominated at the Stadio Olympico, with Matteo Pessina’s goal six minutes before the break guaranteeing them top spot and setting up a Last 16 showdown with Ukraine or Austria.

Roberto Mancini’s side were in total control in Rome, enjoying 69 per cent possession and having 23 shots to Wales’ three.

Aaron Ramsey has sent a message to Wales team-mate Ethan Ampadu after the latter’s red card against Italy

Playing with a 3-4-3 formation, Page’s side spent much of the game penned in their own half, with keeper Danny Ward rescuing them on more than one occasion.

Their task was made even harder 10 minutes into the second period, when Ampadu was sent off for a lunge on Federico Bernardeschi, which caught the Italian attacker on the ankle.

Though it appeared to be a harsh red card, a review by Video Assistant Referee Pawel Gil upholding the decision.

Thankfully for the Chelsea man, Wales held on to spare his blushes and even had the chance to claim a point, though Gareth Bale spurned his volley over the bar.

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Following the game, Ramsey paid tribute to Italy and sent Amapdu a message that the Dragons had fought for him.

“It was tough. We were up against a great team. To go 30 games unbeaten, that’s some achievement so fair play,” the Juventus star told ITV.

“But again, we showed great character. This team, you can never question our character, we always give absolutely everything out there.

“And again, we dug in. Dug in for Ethan, I feel sorry for him. But we have each other’s backs out there and we finished off the job.”

Ramsey also thought that his team-mate was unlucky to receive a red card from Romanian official Ovidiu Hategan.

“I think it was a bit harsh maybe, but I know he certainly caught him, but it was one of those decisions that can go either way,” he said.

“For us then, it was just a case of having to stay compact and creating a couple of opportunities, which we did.

“We could’ve nicked a draw maybe on another day but it wasn’t to be. But we’re still delighted that we’re second.”

While Wales are now through to the knockout stages, Ramsey believes that his side can make improvements.

“We have a lot of attacking threat. We keep games really tight, we work hard for each other. So, we have a good balance,” he said.

“In the first half we showed glimpses of what we can do against good opposition, we kept the ball well, created a couple of opportunities.

“We just need to be more consistent throughout the game in doing that, because we have the quality to do it.”

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