Last Sunday evening, Wales booked their place at the 2022 World Cup.
Robert Page’s side beat a spirited Ukraine side in Cardiff 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Andriy Yarmolenko.
This winter will be the first time Wales have played at a World Cup since 1958, where they reached the quarter-final stage and lost 1-0 to Brazil, the legendary Pele bagging the only goal of the game.
Out in Qatar, the Welsh team will have high hopes of reaching the knockout rounds. EnglandUnited States of America and Iran are the other teams who make up their group.
On paper, Wales should have enough to finish above the latter of those three teams, especially when you remember they have two genuine superstars in Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
And Ramsey was back to his scintillating best on Saturday evening in the Dragons’ UEFA Nations League match against Belgium.
Aaron Ramsey (7) created more chances than the entire Belgium side combined (6) this evening.
And he provided the assist for Brennan Johnson’s equalizer. 🅰️ pic.twitter.com/fnbdlxOXCa
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In the final five minutes of play at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Juventus midfielder produced one of the most outrageous assists you’ll see anywhere in 2022.
Ramsey collected the ball on the edge of the box and performed the sauciest roulette pass to put Brennan Johnson through on goal, who then rippled the back of Koen Casteels’ net.
Now, some will ask; did Ramsey mean it? The answer to that question is an emphatic ‘yes’.
Take a look for yourself …
Video: Ramsey’s assist for Johnson vs Belgium
Alternative angle. Case closed, surely pic.twitter.com/NDPDvBaiGt
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More angles of Aaron Ramsey’s outrageous assist against Belgium pic.twitter.com/HrCQY6B6DO
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The finish from Johnson – who enjoyed a marvelous 2021/22 campaign at Nottingham Forest – wasn’t bad either and it canceled out Youri Tielemans’ opener in the 51st minute of play.
Ramsey’s assist for Wales’ goal is a timely reminder that he’s still a world-class operator, despite the fact he endured a tough season at club level.
The former Arsenal man struggled for game time in Turin and was subsequently loaned to Rangers in the January transfer window.
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Things didn’t get much better for him in Glasgow, aside from a goal in an Old Firm derby against Celtic.
Ramsey made only 13 appearances in total for Rangers, including a brief cameo in the Europa League final where he missed a penalty in the shootout defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
But he’s still a marvelous footballer on his day, which England, USA and Iran may learn the hard way at the World Cup later this year.
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