Aaron Ramsey has been compared to “Superman” by Dean Saunders as he scored the decisive goal for Wales against Turkey to bring his country closer to the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory.
Although he had missed two chances earlier in the first half, the Juventus midfielder managed a superb pass from the equally impressive Gareth Bale, after a run at the top of his lungs, to finish calmly in the middle of the heat. scorching Baku.
After securing an important draw against Switzerland on Saturday, Wales put in an outstanding performance on the pitch in Azerbaijan to silence the partisan crowd.
Bale becomes supplier again in the 95e minute to thrill the fans and set Conor Roberts up and seal a famous victory and crown perhaps one of the greatest Welsh performances ever seen at a major tournament.
Wales had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when Gareth Bale played a delicious pass into Aaron Ramsey’s path. After sending the defender flying with a delicious dink inside, the Juventus midfielder saw his close shot saved well.
Burak Yilmaz was perhaps Baku’s most dangerous player in red and he forced a good save from Danny Ward after a smart cut to the right side and the Lille striker showed good movement to sweep a shot goal .
Daniel James was devastated to be pulled out against Switzerland on Saturday, but the Manchester United midfielder showed no sign of sulking and proved a constant threat down the left side.
His flank shot caused constant problems for the Turkish end-line, with the always dangerous Keiffer Moore aiming to score his second goal of the tournament.
Bale was showing his class throughout, falling deep and proving a nightmare for the Turkish defense, but he was reportedly devastated by another deep ball for Ramsey finding the midfielder clean for goal – but he didn’t realize how many time he had and blazed helplessly on while being clean to the goal.
Proving he is a complete and genuine world class star, Bale refused to stay on the right side and would sink deep at every opportunity while stretching the bottom line with his frantic pace.
Still, the Real Madrid winger is far too savvy to know that if you don’t try your luck you will be punished and the 31-year-old could only watch in horror Joe Morrell was forced to clear the ball twice from line. Caglar Soyuncu as Hakan Calhanoglu showcased his set-piece prowess from two corners.
Bale was fortunate enough to stretch his legs after intercepting a stray pass from the midfield, but Soyuncu showed his defensive prowess by picking up the quick winger, then expertly slipping past three marauding Welsh forwards.
After missing out on two glorious chances, Ramsey finally opened the scoring in Baku after picking up another wonderful pass from Bale to his chest and sliding the ball past the goalkeeper on the half-volley.
Hostile mob in Baku was instantly silenced after Ramsey 17the goal for his country, with Bale pulling the strings once again and Dean Saunders doing lyrical lyrics about Robert Page’s men at halftime while working as a commentator for talkSPORT.
“The best 45 minutes I’ve seen in years,” Saunders said. “The best we’ve played in a long, long time.
“We can’t play much better than that.”
If Wales couldn’t play better then Turkey probably couldn’t play much worse and Senol Gunes responded instantly by making two halftime changes in an attempt to subdue the Welsh dragon.
Still, Bale and Ramsey once again showed excellent bonding play, with the 31-year-old blazing in a half-volley after a chipped cross from the ex-Arsenal man found him in an outrageous space around 25 meters from the goal.
Despite all of their incredible play, Wales came close to being blocked when a corner fell to unbranded Yilmaz inside the six-yard penalty area, but the veteran striker shot a flying volley over it of the bar.
Just before the hour mark, Ramsey had a glorious chance to score two goals and kill the game completely, but his deflected shot inside the box was repelled by Urgurcan Cakir.
If Ramsey’s chance of killing the match was slim, then Robert Page would have been desperate for what happened just past the hour mark.
Gareth Bale led towards the Turkish defense and was shot inside the box by Zeki Celik, but then went penalty miles over the bar, described as “the worst penalty you’ve ever seen” by Saunders in the comments.
When substitute Mert Mulder burst into Wales’ box from the left side, he would have been stunned to see Ramsey return to make a vital recovery tackle.
“Superman” Dean Saunders exclaimed in a comment as he struggled to keep his voice’s admiration for the central midfielder.
Danny Ward was exceptional on Saturday, but was then called back to action with a brilliant reflex save from Merih Demiral as the Turks put on the pressure.
Joe Rodon was imperious at the back and his brave header to deny Yilmaz caused a scrum in the box as the clock passed 90e minute and closer to a historic victory for Wales.
Robert Page’s men face irrepressible Italy this Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with Roberto Mancini’s men dismantling the Turks in their opener on Friday night.
Still, thanks to the heroism of Bale and Ramsey, Wales can enter the game with a sense of freedom after a scintillating performance amid the scorching heat of Baku.