Jubilant scenes in Cardiff as Wales win 2-0 over Hungary
Aaron Ramsey fired Wales into the UEFA EURO 2020 finals as he scored a goal in each half to beat Hungary 2-0 and take second spot in the qualifying group.
Ryan Giggs made two changes to the side that beat Azerbaijan 2-0 on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen replacing Harry Wilson and Ethan Ampadu.
An unbeaten four-game run culminating in this win in Cardiff was enough to squeak Giggs' men to just their third major tournament.
Fired by the class of Ramsey and Gareth Bale and helped by the clever mix of experience and youth in the side, Wales took an early lead when Ramsey - on his first start for Wales for a year - headed home Bale's cross (7).
Wayne Hennessey kept Wales in front with a terrific double save just before the break before Ramsey struck (47) to seal the victory.
The result leaves Hungary needing to come through the playoffs in March to reach the finals. Slovakia, who beat Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday, finished in third place and will also contest the playoffs.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs said leading his country to a major tournament is one of the proudest moments of his career:
“It doesn’t get any better, it’s amazing.
“From where we were in the summer with those two defeats. Credit to the lads and the way they came back. They showed great determination, quality. One of the best days of my life.”
Star of the show Aaron Ramsey said it was a brilliant feeling to have progressed to a major tournament for just the second time in 61 years:
“We wanted to really make sure that we got it this time after missing out on the world cup.
“It was a big effort
“I missed a lot of this campaign but it was all worthwhile. And chipping in with a couple of goals tonight, you know, it was amazing.”
The Red Wall can look forward to another exciting summer. Cymru are on their way to UEFA EURO 2020.