Europa Lge: Swansea v Malmo as it happened

Live text commentary of Europa League qualifying, as Swansea thrash Malmo at the Liberty Stadium.

1 August 2013 Last updated at 22:06

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  1. 2202: 

    That's a wrap from us for the evening. Many thanks as ever for your company, texts and tweets. We may have ran out of steam a bit in the closing stages there but after a summer away it was good for us all to get some minutes under our belts.

    The first game of the Football League season is tomorrow night, while you can join big Mike Henson for the first Saturday live text commentary of the season at the weekend.

    Do it.

  2. 2158: 

    You've got to like Michael Laudrup - haven't you? Most managers would have gone with the 'it's not over yet, it's only half-time' chat.

    Not Michael. It was 'a perfect night', and even a 'wow' in there. Cool character.

  3. 2157: 
    MANAGER REACTION- Swansea 4-0 Malmo

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It was a perfect night for us. Four goals without conceding an away goal. Two goals for one of the new men up front, Michu is back scoring a goal and Pozuelo got one on his debut. No injuries? A perfect night.

    michael laudrup

    "Michu and Bony need games together but when they know each other it will be easier. We have five new players tonight so they need time to gel but wow - if we win 4-0 when they don't know each other it's not bad eh?"

  4. 2153: 

    Former Wales international striker John Hartson: ‏"They've done it with their managers sticking to a philosophy/system and players buying into playing a certain way. Hence good coaching."

  5. 2150: 

    So what next for Swansea, St Johnstone and Motherwell?

    The rather confusing Europa League format means that the 29 winners of this third qualifying round go through to the play-off round. They meet 15 losers from the Champions League qualifiers, and another 18 sides in a battle to reach the group stages.

  6. 2150: 

    From Gavin on text via 81111: Celtic against Barca, St Johnstone against Rosenberg and Hearts draw at Anfield show that Scottish teams aren't all that bad and not as far behind England as you'd think. Hibs are just rubbish though.

    David in Edinburgh on text: What's with all the Scottish bashing? Give our teams £50m TV money before a ball is kicked and we'd do pretty well too.

  7. 2145: 

    From Titus on text via 81111: Think Shelvey needs to relax & just play his game - trying too hard tonight but understandable given his experience at LFC .

  8. 2145: 

    Former Arsenal striker and Wales international John Hartson: "People raving over the Swans performance, been playing like this for the last 2/3 seasons they really are a very good outfit."

  9. 2142: 

    Standard Liege will be hopeful of securing their place in the play-off stage after winning 2-1 in Xanthi this evening.

    Italian club Udinese are also expected to progress as they lead Siroki Brijeg 3-1 with minutes of their first leg remaining in Bosnia.

  10. 2142: 

    From Sam on text via 81111: To me, that result shows the void that still stands between English and Scottish football. Fluid from Swansea who look a force for the season.

  11. 2141: 
    Swansea 4-0 Malmo
    Wilfried Bony

    Swansea debutant Wilfried Bony: "I feel well but the important thing was to win and then think about the next game. My partnership with Michu is going well but I well learn more about him every day in training.

    "4-0 is very good for us and we didn't concede a goal which was important."

  12. 2140: 

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at The Liberty Stadium: "A satisfying and comfortable night's work for Swansea. They enjoyed a fair share of luck - an unfortunate slip allowed Michu to open the scoring and Malmo could easily have been awarded a penalty when one goal down. But Swansea took their chances well and a four-goal advantage should be enough to see them through next week."

  13. 2137: 

    A few Swansea players may have earned themselves a day off next Thursday after that comprehensive win. Swansea were as fluent and neat as ever, in fact it was very much as you were from last season - with added depth.

    Few teams will relish a trip to the Liberty this season. Swansea finished ninth last season - can they make it any higher this time around?

  14. 2135: 

    From James on text via 81111: Unfortunately for Scottish football, this proves how far behind they are in terms of league quality. The side that hammered Hibs now being hammered by Swansea.

  15. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 0-2 Kuban Krasnodar
  16. 2135: 
    FULL-TIME- Swansea 4-0 Malmo
  17. 2134: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 4-0 Malmo

    Almost a hat-trick! Angel Rangel picks a pass through the eye of a needle to find Wilfried Bony at the back post, he turns but squeezes his shot just past the corner.

  18. 2132: 
    Swansea 4-0 Malmo

    As first days go, this has been right up there. Three goals from debutants, no injuries and no goals conceded. Textbook.

  19. 2129: 

    Manchester City will have to do without the Audi Cup in their trophy cabinet this season after losing 2-1 to European champions Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

    Alvaro Negredo gave City the lead but goals from Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic gave the hosts victory.

  20. 2126: 
    GOAL- Swansea 4-0 Malmo - Alejandro Pozuelo (86 mins)

    Oh yes! What an outstanding goal from debutant Alejandro Pozuelo!

    One for the Swansea scrapbook. Jonjo Shelvey finds Wayne Routledge 20 yards from goal, he feeds Wilfried Bony in the middle, and his touch is perfect for Pozuelo, who cushions it on his chest before rifling a shot into the corner. Brilliant goal!

  21. 2125: 
    FINAL FIVE- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    It's a cruise for Swansea now, but Michael Laudrup is still not happy about something on the touchline. His side are into the last few minutes though and he must be pleased with what he's seen.

  22. 2122: 

    From Mark on text via 81111: Just put Bony straight in the fantasy team #goalmachine.

    You've gone early there Mark. I got carried away by Jesus Navas's display against AC Milan last night...

  23. 2121: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Great hair. Great beard. Swansea's fifth debutant of the night comes on as Jose Canas replaces Leon Britton for the final 10 minutes. Like a Spanish Seth Rogen.

  24. 2120: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-2 Kuban Krasnodar - Ivelin Popov (78 mins)

    Clinical from Kuban. A Motherwell corner is quickly cleared to Balde Ibra, who once again finds Ivelin Popov for a simple finish. Tie all but over.

  25. 2118: 

    From Gav on text via 81111: Prediction for the new campaign - Shelvey will have the 'most shots off target' stat come the end of the season.

  26. 2118: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Alejandro Pozuelo wastes no time in getting a shot away, taking one touch to set himself before firing a left-footed effort wide from the edge of the box.

    Jonjo Shelvey then middles a lovely drive from 25 yards which thumps into the chest of keeper Johan Dahlin. He really caught that!

  27. 2115: 

    Reading winger Garath McCleary: Swansea are frightening at times. Michu and Bony will be lethal next year.

  28. 2114: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Chance! Oh, close for Malmo as skipper Jiloan Hamad gets on the end of a cut-back form the left but fires a few yards over from 15 yards out. That was the chance they needed to take.

  29. 2113: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    A debut for Swansea attacker Alejandro Pozuelo, as he replaces Nathan Dyer.

  30. 2113: 

    Elsewhere in Europe, Sevilla have taken an early lead against Mladost Podgorica, of Montenegro.

    Standard Liege are beating Xanthi 2-1 away with 15 minutes left, while Turkish side Bursaspor drew 2-2 in Serbia against Vojvodina.

  31. 2113: 
    Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Jonjo Shelvey picks out another one of those belting cross-field passes to play Wayne Routledge in down the left but he can't get a shot away before Ashley Williams makes a fine tackle at the other end. Swansea just starting to tire as we enter the final 20 minutes.

  32. 2109: 

    Manchester City are now losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup final, after substitute Mario Mandzukic headed home for the Germans with 17 minutes left.

  33. 2109: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Malmo make a change at the midway stage of the second half, with Erik Friberg replaced by Emil Forsberg. I can't see any way back into the tie now for the Swedes but an away goal would make the second leg slightly interesting.

  34. 2107: 

    Swansea winger Pablo Hernandez: ‏Come on Swansea!!!!! I support the team from the stand!! vamosss!!

  35. 2107: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    A very fine hour or so from Michu - and he gets a rest as Jonathan de Guzman comes on in his place.

  36. 2106: 
    Swansea 3-0 Malmo

    Prediction: Jordi Amat is going to be sent off a fair few times for Swansea this season.

    He loves a challenge, has already been booked and goes in a bit recklessly for a high ball, booting Magnus Eriksson in the face on the follow-through. It wasn't nasty, just clumsy, but he is a bit lucky not to see another card there.

  37. 2104: 

    Marc Ciardiello: Bony and Michu going to be a tasty partnership this season.‏

  38. 2102: 

    Manchester City's lead didn't last long at the Allianz Arena as Thomas Muller levels from the penalty spot after a Pablo Zabaleta handball. It's 1-1 in Munich.

  39. 2100: 
    GOAL- Swansea 3-0 Malmo - Wilfried Bony (60 mins)

    Two in double-quick time for Wilfried Bony!

    Angel Rangel picks the Malmo defence apart with a deft through pass to Michu, who cuts across the face of a defender and places a left-footed shot into the corner. The only surprise is that the ball finds the inside of the post and not the net, but Bony converts the loose ball from four yards. The signs of a very promising partnership are there for all to see...

  40. 2100: 

    Cameron Laws: Personally think Swansea got let off there. But the way he went down didn't help.

  41. 2059: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 2-0 Malmo

    Wayne Routledge turns it on again, beating his man on the left wing before putting in a fantastic cross which Michu heads over the top. Brilliant stuff from Routledge.

  42. 2058: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-1 Kuban Krasnodar - Ivelin Popov (52 mins)

    Bad news for Motherwell in their home tie against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. Ivelin Popov slots home from five yards to give the visitors an away goal.

    Full commentary of that match here.

  43. 2058: 

    Manchester City's £20m signing from Sevilla, Alvaro Negredo, has got off the mark for his new club, giving them the lead against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

    The Spain international showed good strength to hold off a defender and finish calmly to put his side 1-0 up in the Audi Cup final.

  44. 2056: 
    GOAL- Swansea 2-0 Malmo - Wilfried Bony (55 mins)

    The £12m man marks his debut with a fine header. Wilfried Bony doubles Swansea's lead, climbing high to meet Wayne Routledge's flicked cross with a very fine header, sending the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. Malmo will be livid about that penalty appeal now.

  45. 2054: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Swansea link up neatly yet again, with Michu looking to play in Jonjo Shelvey but he can't quite gather it.

    Malmo then want a penalty at the other end as Magnus Eriksson goes to ground - but he's waved to his feet.

    That man Jordi Amat is the one putting in the tackle again, and there may have been contact there. A let-off for the Swans.

  46. 2051: 

    James Baker: What's great is seeing Jonjo Shelvey playing better football than he ever would have at Liverpool.

    Russell Reynolds: The new Swansea kit is nice, but you can't beat the white and gold of last year #class.

  47. 2051: 
    Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Jonjo Shelvey remains an unfinished article as he shows both sides of his game in quick succession.

    A sloppy, lazy pass inside sparks a Malmo counter-attack which comes to nothing but the former Liverpool man then finds his range with a delicious 45-yard pass out wide with the outside of his boot. Fantastic distribution.

  48. 2049: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman: "Malmo have worked hard but there is only so much running you can do.

    "Swansea have to keep their passing game up and get another goal and then it is whether they want to go for more.

    "But I can see Swansea winning the game."

  49. 2047: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Don't expect a change of play from either side in the second half. Michael Laudrup will happily take a 1-0 or 2-0 win here while Malmo will probably be happy with that as well.

    Jordi Amat adds a clothesline to his two early reducers, clobbering Tokelo Rantie high and the Spaniard goes into the book as a result.

  50. 2046: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    No changes for either side at the break as the Swans get us back under way.

  51. 2045: 

    James Newbery: Swans European adventure begins. Bet fans are chuffed. Wish Spurs fans (eg me) could enjoy Europa and not moan about Champs League.

  52. 2043: 

    Georgian side Dila Gori are beating Hajduk Split 1-0 in Croatia, just before half time, while Udinese are now winning 3-0 at Bulgarian outfit Siroki Brijeg.

  53. 2038: 
    Motherwell 0-0 Kuban Krasnodar

    Motherwell are locked at 0-0 with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar - and don't forget there is a separate commentary on that game if you want more from Fir Park.

  54. 2037: 

    Simon Hancock: Fantastic to watch Swansea play the ball out of defence. Every player looks so comfortable on the ball.

    Andrew Priestley: Swansea goal. (Michu) Prepare to type those three words on numerous occasions this season! The man knows where the goal is.

  55. 2034: 

    As of today I suppose Michu has finally shed his 'bargain of the season' tag, which means it's up for grabs. Jordi Amat had an excellent 45 minutes, and we shouldn't be surprised if Michael Laudrup has unearthed another gem from La Liga. Time will tell.

  56. 2034: 

    Russell Reynolds: Amat looking very composed already, could be a great, underrated signing. Michu back at it already.

  57. 2032:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportTRANSFER NEWS

    Liverpool have made a £21m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

    The offer is understood to have triggered the 24-year-old Brazilian's release clause and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of completing the deal swiftly.

    Liverpool have declined to comment on the bid, but sources at Anfield insist the move has no bearing on Luis Suarez's future, which has not changed since Arsenal made a £40,000,001 bid.

  58. 2032: 

    Steve on text via 81111: Shelvey playing like a hybrid of Zidane and Platini! Amazing! Great signing!

  59. 2031: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 0-0 Kuban Krasnodar

    It's goalless at Motherwell as well, where Kuban have had the better of it so far.

  60. 2031: 

    It's half time at the Allianz Arena with Manchester City and the European champions Bayern Munich locked at 0-0.

    The Germans dominated the early stages of the Audi Cup final but City grew into the match as the game wore on.

  61. 2030: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Job done so far for the Swans.

  62. 2028: 
    Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Tokelo Rantie almost gets in for Malmo again, the South African has a trick or two up his sleeve, but Ashley Williams is across well to shut him down. Michael Laudrup said before the game that he would be pleased with 1-0, and that's what he's got so far.

  63. 2026: 

    Jez Welsh: Michu is coolness personified.

  64. 2026: 

    VFB Stuttgart have drawn 1-1 with Bulgarian side Botev Plovdiv in their first leg Europa League tie. With the second leg in Germany they will fancy their chances of progressing.

  65. 2024: 
    Swansea 1-0 Malmo

    Wayne Routledge cuts in from the left to cannon a shot into the face of Pontus Jansson as Swansea look for a quick second.

    Michu ended the season with 22 goals for the Swans last year. How many can he get this time around?

  66. 2021: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Malmo - Michu (37 mins)

    Is there a more composed forward around than Michu? After seeing it time and again last year, the Spaniard strokes the Swans ahead.

    There's an element of fortune in this one as Wayne Routledge plays the ball forwards, Malmo defender Filip Helander slips to let Michu in and he takes every second of time available, waiting for keeper Johan Dahlin to come out before slipping a left-foot shot under him and in off the far post. Marvellous.

  67. 2020: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Malmo suddenly come alive as winger Tokelo Rantie dribbles in from the left, he beats two men before teeing up Jiloan Hamad who drags his shot wide. That came from nowhere and will serve as a wake-up call to the Swans.

    We are into the last 10 minutes of the half.

  68. 2018: 

    Tunde Akere: The game is still a little bit balanced, but I trust Michu to put the game beyond Malmo, still same Michu, perfect goalscorer.

    Nick Lathbury: On first viewing, Malmo look awful. Swansea should cruise through.

    Él Yaro: to Joe (2007) Fulham set the bar? You clearly can't remember 3 years before your team then when Boro did exactly the same.

  69. 2015: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Two cracking tackles out of two from new Swansea defender Jordi Amat. He was on the edge of the area as he closed down Magnus Eriksson, he had to get it right and he did again, thumping tackle.

    And Swansea break quickly, freeing Nathan Dyer in behind the defence for the first time, cracking in a left-footed shot on the run which forces Johan Dahlin into a save. Better.

  70. 2014: 

    Antonio Di Natale has given Udinese a 1-0 lead at Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg.

    The Italian, 36, is setting a new European appearance record for his side this evening of 34.

  71. 2013: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Nathan Dyer throws the first strop of the season as he appeals for a free-kick which he should have been given. There's no change from the referee though before Jonjo Shelvey hammers a shot wide from 25 yards.

  72. 2011: 

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at the Liberty Stadium: "The pattern for the evening seems to have been set quickly - Swansea dominating possession and looking to play their way through the Malmo defence. The visiting fans - all 100 or so of them - are comfortably ahead in the chanting stakes, though."

  73. 2009: 

    From the Times' football reporter Rory Smith "‏Swansea a bit cagey for me. They're only playing with four out and out forwards. It's basically catenaccio."

  74. 2009: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    The tempo has really cooled off as Swansea continue to dictate play. I wonder if fitness will be an issue as this tie goes on, Malmo are halfway through their season and should have the edge in that department.

  75. 2007: 

    Joe on text via 81111: I feel very proud as a Fulham supporter, setting the bar in this competition with a team that was set for relegation.

  76. 2007: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Wilfried Bony's been pretty quiet up front for Swansea so far but he does well to shrug off two challenges and play the ball out wide. Wayne Routledge attacks the cross at the far post and wins a corner which Malmo keeper Johan Dahlin punches clear.

    No relation to former Blackburn man Martin Dahlin, in case you were wondering, as we tick past the 20-minute mark.

  77. 2001: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Malmo have their first real spell of pressure with some patient play through the midfield, skipper Jiloan Hamad at the centre of it. They finally get a glimpse of the Swans backline as Magnus Eriksson picks it up 20 yards out, but he's put on the deck by a crunching tackle from Jordi Amat.

    Oh yes! That's how you win the fans over in the Premier League Jordi, son. Get a reducer in.

  78. 1958: 

    Jordan on text via 81111: I think Liverpool will live to regret selling Shelvey. Perfect signing for Swansea however.

  79. 1956: 

    BBC Sport's Dewi Hughes at The Liberty Stadium: "An interested spectator here is Manchester United manager David Moyes, who has just taken his seat in the directors' box. Moyes, of course, will be back in Swansea in 16 days' time for his first competitive fixture as Man Utd manager on the opening weekend of the Premier League season."

  80. 1955: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    If you wondered how the arrival of Wilfried Bony would change Swansea's approach, they're pretty much 4-2-4 when they've got the ball.

    Michu and Bony up top, flanked by Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge, with Leon Britton and Jonjo Shelvey in the middle.

  81. 1954: 

    Former Swansea City midfielder Andy Robinson, who made almost 200 appearances for the club and is now at Tranmere.

    "Looking forward to this game tonight, what a journey the club have been on. Atmosphere electric come on the Swans."

  82. 1954: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    A moment of history being made here at the Liberty Stadium. It's the first time a Welsh side has played in Europe and has been classed as English - by Uefa at least.

    Jonjo Shelvey has settled in nicely, picking some neat passes in and around the box. He finds Angel Rangel in space, but the full-back's cross is cut out. Swansea playing at a very high tempo early doors.

  83. 1951: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Jonjo Shelvey wins some early friends in the the Swansea crowd with a raking pass out wide which must have travelled 60-odd yards. He wins a corner which Jordi Amat flicks on at the near post, it's heading in until Filip Helander heads it away.

    Wilfried Bony then makes a nuisance of himself at the near post but can't quite get a shot away. Solid start from the hosts.

  84. 1948: 
    KICK-OFF- Motherwell 0-0 Kuban Krasnodar

    Game on in Scotland as well as Motherwell take on Russian side Kuban Krasnodar.

    Don't forget that you can follow full live text commentary on that one here.

  85. 1947: 
    Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    No signs of nerves from the Swans on their return to European action as they quickly settle into their trademark passing style. Full-backs Angel Rangel and Ben Davies offering plenty of width as Malmo get plenty of bodies behind the ball.

  86. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Malmo

    Erik Friberg gets Malmo up and running and we are under way...

  87. 1943: 
    Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: "Expectations are high among the players, fans and management. Twenty-two years is a lot of years to wait for European football and we are looking forward to it.

    "We have to remember why we are here, we did do well in the cup, and we hope it can last for a long time.

    "Already at this stage we have quite an opponent. They are second in the league, are match fit. I am confident because pre season has gone well.

    "In this competition it is very important not to concede goals. Away goals can be crucial that is why we have to score one without conceding any. 1-0 is a good result, 2-0 fantastic."

  88. 1942: 
    Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Ashley Williams leads the Swansea players out to a raucous welcome at the Liberty Stadium. All set for the off in a sharp new kit as well.

  89. 1942: 

    Titus on text via 81111: Fanastic result for St. Johnstone - with ave. gates of less than 4,000 you have to fear for them financially but with good results and more favourable draws, this competition may work out well for them.

    The Saints got us off to a winning start tonight - can Swansea and Motherwell carry it on?

  90. 1937: 

    Chris Coleman and David Moyes are among the interested spectators at the Liberty Stadium tonight. They're as keen to get to see some live football as any of us.

  91. 1931: 

    Brian Flynn and Gus Poyet are the punditry team on ITV4 - someone please get Brian a box to stand on. He's three feet shorter than Gus.

    It's like the Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox episode at the BRIT awards all over again...

  92. 1928: 

    After a short summer break which has been punctuated by the Confederations Cup, European Championships for England's Under-21s and women and plenty of transfer speculation, it is good to be back with some, er, 'proper' action tonight.

    The 2013-14 season starts for good tomorrow evening as Notts County and Sheffield United get the 125th season of the Football League up and running.

    Then it's a near full house of Championship, League One and League Two action on Saturday afternoon. There will be - naturally - full live text commentary, reports, live scores and reaction across the BBC Sport website.

    You'd be a fool to miss it.

  93. 1924: 

    Tom Watson: I saw Malmo at Easter Rd last week. 7 goals flattered Malmo somewhat. Then again, nil goals flattered Hibs. #HorrorShow

  94. 1922: 

    Former European champions Red Star Belgrade look as though they are struggling to stay in the Europa League after losing a first leg tie 3-1 at Ukrainian side Chornomorets Odessa.

    The Serbian outfit, based in Belgrade, won the European Cup in 1991 and also reached the semi-finals three times.

  95. 1918: 
    MORE ABOUT MALMO- Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Beating Hibs 7-0 last week has cast Malmo into the spotlight somewhat - but are they really good, or were Hibs just terrible?

    Possibly a bit of both. Coach Rikard Norling guided Malmo to third in the Swedish league last season, but his squad does not contain any major names.

    Trevor Francis

    Roy Hodgson won the Swedish title five years in a row during his spell in charge in the late 1980s, while arguably their finest hour came in 1979, when they went all the way to the European Cup final only to be denied by Nottingham Forest and Trevor Francis.

  96. 1913: 

    Swansea's big summer move saw them land striker Wilfried Bony for a club record fee of £12m, and last season's main man Michu is confident that the pair can link up to good effect this season.

    "I prefer to play behind the striker so I hope you will see a better Michu," Michu told Swansea City's website.

    Wilfried Bony

    "I scored more goals when I played behind a striker last season.

    "I like that position because I can move around and the centre-backs are looking for the striker and not me. I can arrive late from the second line and score goals."

    Will the duo star tonight? They both start.

  97. 1912: 

    In pre-season friendly action this evening are Manchester City, who play Bayern Munich in the final of the Audi Cup.

    We will keep you in touch with how things are going in the Allianz Arena, after City beat AC Milan 5-3 yesterday.

  98. 1912: 

    Ikram Miah: If Swansea win tonight's game, they really have a chance of reaching further and showing what their signings and players can do.

  99. 1904: 
    LINE-UPS- Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Amat, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Shelvey, Routledge, Michu, Bony. Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Chico, Lamah, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo.

    Malmo FF: Dahlin, Albornoz, Jansson, Helander, Ricardinho, Hamad, Halsti, Thern, Friberg, Rantie, Eriksson. Subs: Olsen, Kroon, Johansson, Rakip, Konate, Forsberg, Cibicki.

    Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)

  100. 1902: 
    Motherwell v Kuban Krasnodar (1945 BST)

    BBC Sport's Colin Moffat reports: "Motherwell will hope Kuban Krasnodar get stage fright on their European debut at Fir Park. However, the Russians have a few tasty players in their squad, including former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse and ex- Atletico Madrid man Ibrahima Balde.

    "Manager Stuart McCall has reshaped his squad over the summer, with several key men moving on, but talisman James McFadden remains and has been joined by former Celtic skipper Stephen McManus, adding some big game experience for the hosts."

  101. 1859: 

    Elsewhere in the Europa League this evening there is some English involvement, with former Bolton boss Colin Todd in charge at Danish club Randers.

    They are losing 2-1 into the second half at home to Russian side Rubin Kazan.

  102. 1855: 

    As well as Swansea, two Scottish sides are also in Europa League action this evening.

    St Johnstone made the trip to Grodno, Belarus, to take on FC Minsk - the definition of a glamour tie - backed by a solitary fan, if reports are to be believed, with the massed ranks kept away by to visa issues and travel costs.

    The Saints kicked off at 1700 BST and have picked up a mighty 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Steven MacLean.

    Later on, Motherwell host Djibril Cisse's latest employees, Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar. It's a 1945 BST kickoff in that one.

    We'll bring you the key updates but for full coverage check out the Scottish live text commentary.

  103. 1852: 

    Are we all suitably excited by the return of live football then? How will Swansea fare tonight? Can they make an impact on the Europa League?

    Let us know. I also want to hear your signings of the summer, and who you are tipping to star in the Premier League.

    Text us on 81111 (UK Only), and tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball.

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    Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Swansea hand competitive debuts to their three summer signings.

    Record signing Wilfried Bony starts in attack, after moving from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for £12m.

    Fellow new boys midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, from Liverpool, and defender Jordi Amat, a £2.5m signing from Espanyol, also start. There's also places for Michu, Ashley Williams and Wayne Routledge in a strong line-up.

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    Swansea came out of the first leg of their 1991 tie at the Vetch 2-1 down to Monaco, but Arsene Wenger's side turned on the style in the second leg, smashing eight past the Swans on their way to the final.

    We may not be in for quite so many goals this evening, but don't rule it out. Opponents Malmo booked their place to face the Swans with a stunning 7-0 win at Hibernian last week.

    "We were just well beaten by a better side", said Hibs boss Pat Fenlon after watching his side get demolished at home. Never a truer word said Pat...

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    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    New signings Wilfried Bony, Jonjo Shelvey and Jordi Amat all start for Swansea.

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    Swansea's last European jaunt saw them take on a star-studded AS Monaco side in 1991.

    The French Cup winners were managed by Arsene Wenger, then largely unknown to British football fans, and included George Weah, Youri Djorkaeff and Emmanuel Petit. Not too bad...

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    Swansea v Malmo (1945 BST)

    Tonight is a big night for Swansea - but it will not be the club's first experience of European football.

    As Welsh Cup winners, the Swans competed in the old European Cup Winners' Cup seven times over 20 years, between 1961 and 1991.

    But Uefa's ban on Welsh clubs in the English football pyramid representing Wales meant Swansea last played in Europe 22 years ago.

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    Swansea City in Europe.

    Just a handful of years ago you would have been carted off by men in white coats for suggesting such a thing, but the days of the Vetch Field, Lenny Johnrose and Kevin Nugent are long gone in south Wales.


    Michael Laudrup's slick side are the League Cup winners and face Malmo this evening as they look to join Wigan in the Europa League group stages. Will Michu and co shine on the continental stage?

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