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Ethan Ampadu’s revenge after Kasper Dolberg smashed him will leave you warm inside

The 18-year-old endeared himself to every Welshman with a crunch of his elbow

A lot can happen in 96 seconds.

As Wales were seeing their chance of winning their Nations League group slip through their fingers against Denmark, Ethan Ampadu became an instant hero.

The 18-year-old Chelsea player took just over a minute and a half to go from a crumpled wreck on the sidelines to a man mountain.

Battle

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Battle

He also made an enemy for life in Kasper Dolberg in doing so.

But this is what every Welsh fan, and in fact nearly every football fan, would relish in the modern game.

As the clock ticked past the 84 minute mark and with Wales trailing 1-0 to the Danes in front of their own fans Dolberg smashed Ampadu into the advertising boards with a very strong challenge.

For a teenager in an international game this could have destroyed his confidence on the pitch.

But Ampadu is far more resilient than your average 18-year-old.

Ouch

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Ouch

Having made his debut for Exeter at just 15 years old, Ampadu has been playing with the big boys for years.

And as soon as he recovered from the initial blow, he had Dolberg in his sights for a serving of ice cold revenge.

Just 96 seconds after being poleaxed into touch Ampadu lined up Dolberg as he looked to get onto an aerial ball.

Next thing you know a Welsh steam train smashed right through the back of the blonde Dane leaving plenty on him.

The clash sparked chaos on the pitch, players from both sides nearly came to blows and Ryan Giggs and Åge Hareide were exchanging some fierce words on the touchline.

But, like any successful criminal, Ampadu casually walked away from the devastation accepting the yellow card from the referee.

The deed was done and Dolberg wouldn’t be trying anything again that’s for sure.

Unfortunately his follow-up challenge wasted valuable minutes late on in the game that Wales ended up losing 2-1.

But you can’t blame the youngster for standing his ground after being ‘assassinated’ as Ashley Williams described it.

Smooth criminal

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Smooth criminal

Giggs, who saw first hand how the likes of Roy Keane operated, was chuffed with his young charge.

“I want to see it as long as they don’t go overboard,” he said. “It shows they are not going to get bullied.”

Both players received a yellow card and Ampadu boosted his credentials as the future of the Wales midfield.


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