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Ramsey fires up Dragons

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Wales' Aaron Ramsey. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters
Wales' Aaron Ramsey. Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

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Aaron Ramsey fired Wales to Euro 2020 as a 2-0 victory over Hungary in Cardiff sealed their place in next summer's finals.

Ramsey, making his first Wales start in over a year after being dogged by injuries, scored in each half as Ryan Giggs' side leapfrogged Hungary into second spot in Group E.

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The Juventus midfielder headed Wales into a 15th-minute lead to settle the nerves of a capacity Cardiff City Stadium crowd.

Ramsey's second just after the restart was his 16th international goal and secures Wales' third appearance at a major tournament.

Serge Gnabry's hat-trick condemned Northern Ireland to a 6-1 defeat to Germany in their final Group C fixture as manager Michael O'Neill suffered the second heaviest defeat of his eight-year reign.

Michael Smith's first international goal gave Northern Ireland a shock lead just seven minutes in at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, but it proved a false dawn.

Serge Gnabry failed to make the grade at Arsenal and even West Brom but is flourishing with Bayern Munich and he moved on to 13 goals in as many international appearances with a brilliantly-taken hat-trick, while Leon Goretzka scored a brace and Julian Brandt added a sixth late on.

A John McGinn double and a Steven Naismith strike helped Scotland to a 3-1 comeback win against Kazakhstan at Hampden Park.

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