Wales player ratings: Ramsey stars despite semi heartbreak

Date published: Friday 1st July 2016 10:42

Wales: 11th in the rankings

TEAMtalk rates the individual performances of the Wales heroes after they reached the semi-finals by beating Belgium.

WAYNE HENNESSEY: Radja Nianggolan’s shot was a screamer, but might the keeper got a better hand behind it? Regardless, the Crystal Palace stopper was unshakable for the remainder of the game, catching crosses and dealing with everything thrown at him. 8

Wales v Belgium

CHRIS GUNTER: Had his hands full with the tricky Eden Hazard and was booked, but it did not stop him getting forward to aid Welsh attacks and set up Sam Vokes’ clincher. 7

JAMES CHESTER: Another strong display at the back from the central defender who has had an excellent tournament. Never switched off and contributed several crucial clearances. 8

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: Played through the pain barrier after damaging his shoulder against Northern Ireland and will never forget precious goal. 8

Ashley Williams scores Wales v Belgium

BEN DAVIES: Knew early booking would rule him out of a potential semi-final, but kept his composure to keep Belgium out after early goal. 8

NEIL TAYLOR: Provided plenty of energy and width from his left wing-back station and would have had second goal of tournament but for fine Thibaut Courtois stop. 7

JOE ALLEN: Misplaced pass led to Belgium goal, but composure in the heat of the midfield gave Wales a platform to which they could spring from. Grafted as hard as any of his team-mates. 8

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JOE LEDLEY: Vital cog in the Wales machine as he got through a huge amount of work and protected the back four before withdrawn in final quarter. 7

AARON RAMSEY: Tremendous tournament continued as he claimed two more assists to take his total to four. Soft booking rules him out of semi-final – he’ll be missed. 9

Gareth Bale Wales v Belgium

GARETH BALE: Ruffled Belgian feathers every time he ran at their inexperienced defence. No goal this time but did not hide from defensive duties either. 8

HAL ROBSON-KANU: Preferred to Vokes for his extra mobility and he occupied his markers well. Held up the ball superbly before producing one of the goals of the tournament. 8

Hal Robson Kanu scores Wales v Belgium


ANDY KING (for Ledley, 68mins): Asked to fill more defensive role than he is used to but slotted in seamlessly. 7

SAM VOKES (for Robson-Kanu, 80mins): Sent on to hold the ball up, but produced stunning header for third goal – his first at international level. 8

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