Ramsey pleased with Wales resilience in Belgium draw

Aaron Ramsey believes Wales showed great heart to draw with World Cup-bound Belgium, Sky Sports has reported, as the Arsenal midfielder scored late on to level the match.

Belgium ran away with Group A, ending up nine points clear of second place Croatia to reach their first World Cup since 2002, but could not end on a positive note. Kevin De Bruyne put the home side in front just after the hour mark but Ramsey netted with two minutes to play to give Wales a point. Chris Coleman’s side end qualification in fifth place, with 10 points from as many games.

But Ramsey feels Wales can be proud of their performance in Belgium, claiming they arguably deserved more than the single point with which they returned home. “In the first half I thought we did ever so well. We settled into the game very early and we got the ball down there and kept playing,” he said, adding: “We created chances and maybe we could have had a couple of penalties.

Ramsey’s goal was his eighth for his country and only the latest in a prolific start to the season for his club, with the retiring Craig Bellamy creating the opportunity. “He’s had a fantastic Welsh career,” Ramsey said of Bellamy. “You couldn’t ask for a better professional and the last two games we have put in an incredible performance for him.

Bellamy bows out after 78 caps and 19 goals, having made his international debut in March 1998 against Jamaica. He scored his first goal for Wales a few months later, and ends as the country’s fifth-highest goal scorer.

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