Europa League - Group A
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Swansea City 1-0 FC St Gallen

By Aled WilliamsBBC Wales Sport
Wayne Routledge celebrates after scoring Swansea's goal

Swansea maintained their position as Europa League Group A leaders following a hard-fought win over St Gallen.

St Gallen's Goran Karanovic had a weak first-half spot kick saved by Gerhard Tremmel after Dwight Tiendalli had handled just inside the Swansea area.

Swansea scored on 52 minutes when Wayne Routledge netted his third goal of the season with a simple tap-in.

Stephane Nater struck a post from long range late on but Swansea held out for a second consecutive group win.

Swans manager Michael Laudrup had warned of a difficult game against a side fourth in the Swiss Super League and unbeaten in 12 matches.

With that in mind Laudrup selected a strong side, with club record signing Wilfried Bony leading the attack.

They started brightly with Michu shooting straight at keeper Daniel Lopar before heading over the bar following Jonathan de Guzman's corner.

The Spanish forward was making plenty of running early on and latched onto a through ball by Alejandro Pozuelo but fired into the side netting from a tight angle.

St Gallen slowly settled into the game and efforts from Karanovic and Roberto Rodriguez were a warning to the home side.

And the visiting team had a great chance to take the lead when Rodriguez's cross from the left into the area struck the arm of right-back Tiendalli - with a penalty awarded against the Swans.

Michu battles for the ball with St Gallen's Stephane Besle
Michu battles for the ball with St Gallen's Stephane Besle

But Tremmel dived low to his right to save Karanovic's disappointing spot kick.

Swansea survived another scare when they lost possession in midfield but Marco Mathys slotted the ball narrowly wide of the post.

But they responded and Ben Davies' free-kick caused panic in the penalty area, with the ball tipped onto the post via the head of Jordi Amat before the danger was finally cleared.

The game's frenetic pace continued and only a crucial tackle by Ermir Lenjani denied Pozuelo from having a clear attempt at goal.

Home claims for a penalty were turned down after Michu was kicked in the head by Stephane Besle, resulting in the Spanish forward receiving treatment which saw him sidelined for more than eight minutes.

Michu was still waiting to return to the field when Mathys unleashed a powerful long-range shot which bobbled and almost deceived Tremmel, who gathered at the second attempt.

Bony had a quiet first half but Swansea's record signing fired just wide from outside the box after combining well with Michu.

But the Ivory Coast striker played his part in the move which finally resulted in the game's only goal seven minutes into the second half.

Pozuelo's pass found Bony in the penalty area, and his shot from a tight angle was blocked by Lopar before Routledge tapped the loose ball over the line.

Mario Mutsch fired over the crossbar for St Gallen before goalscorer Routledge was replaced by Nathan Dyer.

Substitute Alhassane Keita, a half-time replacement for Karanovic, came close to levelling the score in spectacular fashion.

The Guinea international masterfully controlled a long ball before beating Amat, only for his attempted lob over Tremmel ending up on the roof of the net.

Swansea substitute Alvaro Vazquez shot wide from a tight angle after racing clear and Nathan Dyer's well-struck volley was brilliantly denied by the legs of Lopar before a thumping long range Nater shot hit the post at the other end.

Swansea held on to make it two wins out of two in Group A and now face back-to-back games against winless Kuban Krasnodar.

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Tremmel
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 33DaviesBooked at 77mins
  • 7Britton
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 2Amat
  • 24Pozuelo MeleroSubstituted forShelveyat 83'minutes
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 10BonySubstituted forVázquez Garcíaat 70'minutes
  • 9Pérez Cuesta
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forDyerat 62'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Vorm
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Dyer
  • 14Lamah
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 26Vázquez García

FC St Gallen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lopar
  • 21MarticBooked at 78mins
  • 28Lenjani
  • 31Janjatovic
  • 6MontandonSubstituted forRussoat 73'minutes
  • 15Besle
  • 16Vitkieviez
  • 19Mutsch
  • 11KaranoviçSubstituted forKeitaat 45'minutes
  • 27Mathys
  • 34RodriguezSubstituted forNaterat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Nushi
  • 8Nater
  • 9Keita
  • 10Wüthrich
  • 18Herzog
  • 33Russo
Referee:
Nuno Duarte Gomes

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamFC St Gallen
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, FC St Gallen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, FC St Gallen 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen).

  4. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán tries a through ball, but Álvaro is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

  6. Post update

    Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Álvaro (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen).

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Leon Britton (Swansea City) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen).

  13. Post update

    Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

  16. Post update

    Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Álex Pozuelo.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro (Swansea City).

  19. Post update

    Stephane Besle (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Stéphane Nater (FC St Gallen) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Dejan Janjatovic.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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