Wayne Routledge scored twice as Swansea thrashed Petrolul Ploiesti to all but seal their place in the group stage of the Europa League.

The winger curled in Swansea's first against the Romanians, Michu poked home the second and Routledge then scored a header in an excellent first-half show.

Ploiesti goalkeeper Peterson Pecanha put the ball into his own net from Wilfried Bony's shot.

Alejandro Pozuelo chipped in a fifth, before Gheorghe Grozav's consolation.

Swansea's healthy advantage could have been even bigger, as Routledge shot over the bar with his hat-trick begging while Bony hit the side-netting and the crossbar.

The Welsh side must still negotiate next Thursday's trip to Romania, but with a four-goal cushion they should be in the hat when the draw for the group stage is made on 30 August.

Thursday's display followed the previous round's 4-0 home leg win over Malmo, and surely no team will relish being pitted against Michael Laudrup's side.

Michael Laudrup and the making of Ploiesti boss Cosmin Contra

Cosmin Contra
  • Contra played at Spanish side Getafe under Laudrup and was a key part of the side that reached the 2007-08 Uefa Cup quarter-finals, before losing to Bayern Munich on away goals after the sides were locked 4-4 on aggregate

Despite being sandwiched between two big Premier League games - the season-opening loss to Manchester United and Sunday's trip to Tottenham - the Swansea manager picked a strong side for the match against Petrolul.

Neil Taylor came in at left-back for Wales international colleague Ben Davies while Jose Canas dropped to the bench, allowing Bony to lead the attack.

Ploiesti had previously knocked out Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem but Swansea quickly took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Routledge had already ruffled the Ploiesti defence with his pace before the little winger grabbed a deserved opening goal.

Jonjo Shelvey took a quick free-kick on the right that Michu and Ashley Williams allowed to run past them, before Routledge smashed home via a deflection off Ovidiu Hoban.

Shelvey, a £5m buy from Liverpool, was the catalyst for the second, crossing deep from the left to find Pablo Hernandez lurking on the back post.

Ploiesti goalkeeper Pecanha made the stop but could only parry it to Michu, who side-footed into the net from two yards.

The Spaniard demonstrated another facet of his game for Swansea's third goal, tracking back to win possession with a sliding tackle.

The ball was swept out to Hernandez on the right and his deep cross found Routledge arriving to send a flying header into the net.

Michel Vorm had been a virtual spectator in the Swansea goal, with one speculative long-range shot from Grozav the sum of Ploiesti's threat.

The second half soon settled into another wave of Swansea attacks and it was little surprise when a fourth goal arrived.

The dynamic Routledge released Michu down the left channel and his cross was met by Bony, whose shot was half-stopped by Pecanha before the unfortunate keeper helped the ball into his own net with a stray elbow.

Pozuelo, just as he had against Malmo at the Liberty Stadium, came off the bench to add extra gloss to the scoreline, combining with Michu before chipping elegantly over Pecanha.

Grozav's spectacular late bicycle-kick, taking his tally to six in this campaign, gave Ploiesti something to take home but the Romanians need an incredible performance if they are to turn the tie around.

Petrolul Ploiesti coach Cosmin Contra:

"I have no explanation for the result. There is a difference between English and Romanian football, but the gap is not that big.

"We have maybe less than a 5% chance of qualifying so I hope in next week's second leg we can show the potential we have.

"I believe in order to play in the Premier League you have to do more than score one goal from an overhead kick."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams (Amat - 71' )
  • 22 Rangel
  • 07 Britton
  • 08 Shelvey (De Guzman - 69' )
  • 09 Michu
  • 11 Pablo
  • 15 Routledge (Pozuelo - 60' )
  • 10 Bony

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 02 Amat
  • 20 De Guzman
  • 21 Canas
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 29 Richards
  • 14 Lamah

Petrolul Ploiesti

  • 01 Pecanha
  • 03 Geraldo Booked
  • 16 Benga
  • 21 Guilherme
  • 32 Achim
  • 07 Grozav
  • 08 Boudjemaa (Priso - 57' )
  • 15 Hoban (Abel - 46' )
  • 80 Filipe Teixeira
  • 05 Mustivar
  • 09 Younes (Dore - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Mircea Bornescu
  • 20 Priso
  • 52 Romario
  • 91 De Lucas
  • 10 Abel
  • 99 Dore
Ref: Sergei Karasev
Att: 12,500

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

8 3

Corners

3 1

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:10 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:55

Filipe Teixeira takes a shot. Michel Vorm safely holds on.

90:00 +0:24

Corner taken by Filipe Teixeira from the right by-line. Pablo Hernandez makes a clearance.

89:15

Centre by Angel Rangel. Header at goal by Wilfried Bony goes over the frame of the goal.

86:55

The assist for the goal came from Sitya Guilherme.

86:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Gheorghe Grozav - Swansea 5 - 1 P Ploiesti Gheorghe Grozav scores with a right foot finish. Swansea 5-1 Petrolul Ploiesti.

86:49

Sitya Guilherme sends in a cross.

83:17

Short corner worked by Jonathan de Guzman.

82:59

A cross is delivered by Alejandro Pozuelo. Clearance by Alves Geraldo.

82:41

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Achim.

81:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gheorghe Grozav by Wilfried Bony. Gheorghe Grozav restarts play with the free kick. Issa Abel Camara takes a shot. Michel Vorm safely holds on.

81:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Issa Abel Camara by Angel Rangel. Free kick crossed by Filipe Teixeira. Chico manages to make a clearance.

78:32

Ferebory Dore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chico. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

77:11

Issa Abel Camara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chico. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.

76:38

Angel Rangel delivers the ball. Miguel Michu takes a shot.

73:31

Wilfried Bony fouled by Filipe Teixeira, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.

70:34 Substitution

Substitution Jordi Amat comes on in place of Ashley Williams.

69:24

Assist by Miguel Michu.

69:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Alejandro Pozuelo - Swansea 5 - 0 P Ploiesti Alejandro Pozuelo scores a left footed goal. Swansea 5-0 Petrolul Ploiesti.

68:05 Booking

Booking

67:44

Neil Taylor takes the free kick.

67:44 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan de Guzman comes on in place of Jonjo Shelvey.

67:44

Unfair challenge on Pablo Hernandez by Alves Geraldo results in a free kick. Alves Geraldo goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

66:26

The ball is delivered by Pablo Hernandez.

65:13

Sebastian Achim has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

63:07

Miguel Michu is caught offside. Free kick taken by Peterson Pecanha.

61:42

Sony Mustivar challenges Miguel Michu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.

60:54

Gheorghe Grozav takes a shot.

59:55 Substitution

Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Alejandro Pozuelo coming on for Wayne Routledge.

57:59

Assist by Wilfried Bony.

57:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Peterson Pecanha - Swansea 4 - 0 P Ploiesti Own goal by Peterson Pecanha. Swansea 4-0 Petrolul Ploiesti.

57:57

Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Peterson Pecanha parries the ball away.

57:01 Substitution

Substitution Hamza Younes leaves the field to be replaced by Ferebory Dore.

56:31

Chico Chico Chico Chico takes the free kick.

56:31 Substitution

Substitution (Petrolul Ploiesti) makes a substitution, with Njongo Priso coming on for Damien Boudjemaa.

56:31

Gheorghe Grozav concedes a free kick for a foul on Chico.

55:16

Unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey by Gheorghe Grozav results in a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey takes the free kick.

53:31

Sony Mustivar fouled by Wilfried Bony, the ref awards a free kick. Filipe Teixeira restarts play with the free kick.

52:48

Short corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line. The ball is delivered by Pablo Hernandez. Alexandru Benga fouled by Wilfried Bony, the ref awards a free kick. Peterson Pecanha restarts play with the free kick.

52:32

Pablo Hernandez sends in a cross. Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Gheorghe Grozav.

50:49

Shot by Issa Abel Camara went wide of the left-hand upright.

49:57

Pablo Hernandez takes a shot.

49:29

The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge. Alexandru Benga manages to make a clearance.

48:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Boudjemaa on Pablo Hernandez. Jonjo Shelvey restarts play with the free kick.

46:30

Pablo Hernandez crosses the ball. Wilfried Bony takes a shot.

45:09

Unfair challenge on Neil Taylor by Hamza Younes results in a free kick. Ashley Williams restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ovidiu Hoban goes off and Issa Abel Camara comes on.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:43

Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Alves Geraldo. Alves Geraldo takes the free kick.

41:16

Shot by Wilfried Bony went wide of the right-hand post.

40:36

A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge. Alves Geraldo manages to make a clearance.

39:54

Wayne Routledge takes a shot.

39:32

The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge. Alexandru Benga manages to make a clearance.

37:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gheorghe Grozav by Angel Rangel. Ovidiu Hoban takes the free kick.

34:33

Neil Taylor delivers the ball.

33:50

Gheorghe Grozav produces a cross.

32:18

Alexandru Benga fouled by Miguel Michu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexandru Benga.

31:34

Filipe Teixeira takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

27:25

Ovidiu Hoban takes a weak shot and went wide right of the net.

26:07

Gheorghe Grozav has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

24:27

Assist by Pablo Hernandez.

24:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Wayne Routledge - Swansea 3 - 0 P Ploiesti Wayne Routledge scores with a header. Swansea 3-0 Petrolul Ploiesti.

24:25

A cross is delivered by Pablo Hernandez.

21:16

The assist for the goal came from Pablo Hernandez.

21:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Miguel Michu - Swansea 2 - 0 P Ploiesti Miguel Michu grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Swansea 2-0 Petrolul Ploiesti.

21:13

Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball. Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Peterson Pecanha parries the effort to safety.

20:57

Sony Mustivar concedes a free kick for a foul on Miguel Michu. Free kick taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

20:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Sitya Guilherme. Alves Geraldo takes the free kick.

20:08

A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel.

17:09

Shot by Pablo Hernandez. Peterson Pecanha catches the ball.

13:44

Assist by Jonjo Shelvey.

13:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Wayne Routledge - Swansea 1 - 0 P Ploiesti Wayne Routledge scores with a right foot finish. Swansea 1-0 Petrolul Ploiesti.

13:25

Gheorghe Grozav challenges Pablo Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonjo Shelvey.

10:07

A cross is delivered by Wayne Routledge. Alexandru Benga makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey. Clearance by Alves Geraldo.

9:41

Wilfried Bony fouled by Alexandru Benga, the ref awards a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey takes the free kick.

8:40

The ball is swung over by Sebastian Achim. Ashley Williams makes a clearance.

6:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Achim by Wayne Routledge. Peterson Pecanha takes the free kick.

5:28

A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel. Alexandru Benga manages to make a clearance.

4:50

The referee blows for offside. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.

3:08

Foul by Angel Rangel on Sony Mustivar, free kick awarded. Sony Mustivar restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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