Bellamy and Dixon believe Ramsey absence was key to Wales loss

Wales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejected

The Arsenal midfielder missed the 2-0 loss to Portugal through suspension.

Wales' Aaron RamseyWales' Aaron Ramsey

Speaking to ITV Sport, broadcast July 7th, Lee Dixon and Craig Bellamy have conceded that Aaron Ramsey’s absence was key to Wales' loss to Portugal.

Wales took on the Portuguese in the semi finals of Euro 2016 on Wednesday following their impressive defeat of Belgium in the quarterfinals.

It proved to be a disappointing evening for them as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani saw Portugal secure a 2-0 win and a place in the final.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in actionWales' Aaron Ramsey in action

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey missed the game through suspension after picked up a yellow card in that 3-1 quarter final win and both Bellamy and Dixon believe that his absence was key in his nation’s defeat.

"We probably understated how big an influence Ramsey had before the game. The effect he has on this team is huge. It was evident today; it really, really was," Bellamy told ITV. 

"I don't think you can underestimate missing Ramsey," added Dixon.

“He was arguably one of the players of the tournament leading up to that and taking him out of the team unit like that would be like taking Nani out of the Portuguese team.”

Wales' Gareth Bale and Aaron RamseyWales' Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

There is no denying that Ramsey’s absence did hit Wales hard in the game as they struggled to create many clear-cut chances.

He has been one of their top performers across this tournament, especially in his link up play with star man Gareth Bale, who struggled in the game without him.

Missing the semi final was a disappointing end to an impressive tournament for him, but Arsenal will be hoping he can replicate his displays in France for them next season.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejectedWales' Aaron Ramsey looks dejected

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