Swansea City humbled 10-man Valencia as the Welsh club began their Europa League group campaign in style.

Home defender Adil Rami was sent off for a ninth-minute professional foul when he hauled down Wilfried Bony.

And Bony was first to make the Spanish side pay with his right-footed opener, which went in via a deflection.

After the break Michu fired in from eight yards to make it 2-0 and Jonathan de Guzman curled in a 30-yard free-kick to put Swansea top of Group A.

That concluded a memorable, historic night for the visitors as manager Michael Laudrup returned to the country where he remains revered for his successes as a player at Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Soaring Swans

Swansea's victory over Valencia is only the second by a Welsh club over a Spanish side in European competition.

The other came on 10 March 1971 when Brian Clark's headed goal gave Cardiff City a 1-0 win over Real Madrid at Ninian Park in the first leg of a European Cup Winners Cup quarter-final tie.

Real won the second leg 2-0 in Madrid.

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As Swansea and their fans celebrated, the home supporters aimed their howls of derision at Serbian manager Miroslav Djukic, who was appointed in the summer.

Los Che boast a proud record in Europe - they lie 10th in the all-time overall European standings - while Swansea have never been beyond the second round in seven previous forays into European competition.

Djukic made nine starting line-up changes following their 3-1 La Liga defeat by Real Betis and Laudrup made five changes, one enforced by skipper Ashley Williams' ankle injury.

If Djukic's wholesale changes were intended to garner a positive response to their early-season set-backs, the plan unfolded.

The hosts were left exposed to Swansea's passing style after Frenchman Rami was sent off for dragging down Bony as the Ivory Coast international threatened to race clear.

The visitors took the lead when Alejandro Pozuelo broke away and found Michu on the left and the Spaniard crossed for Bony to convert right-footed from inside the penalty area.

Swansea could have added more as they dominated the first half with Nathan Dyer spurning a great chance when he fired across goal while Michu had a less clear-cut headed chance but was off-balance just outside the six-yard box and saw his effort drift wide.

Bony shot wide from 20 yards just before the break and he missed another opportunity to double the visitors' lead after half-time after being played in by Dyer.

Dyer's well-placed cross gave Bony another chance to double the visitors' lead as they pressed early in the second period.

Michu flicked another chance over the bar from close range as Swansea continued in positive fashion.

But Michu was not to be denied a goal and confidently stroked in Swansea's second from eight yards after Pozuelo found him with a well-weighted pass.

Moments later de Guzman, on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Villarreal, sent a dipping, curling free-kick into the top corner to seal Swansea's victory.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Valencia

  • 13 Guaita
  • 04 Rami Dismissed
  • 19 Barragan
  • 22 Mathieu
  • 08 Feghouli (Pabon - 59' )
  • 10 Banega Booked
  • 15 Javi Fuego Booked
  • 18 Guardado
  • 23 Canales (Bernat - 66' )
  • 28 Fede (Costa - 14' )
  • 09 Postiga

Substitutes

  • 01 Diego Alves
  • 20 Costa
  • 14 Bernat
  • 21 Parejo
  • 07 Oliveira
  • 11 Pabon
  • 16 Alcacer

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 02 Amat
  • 04 Chico
  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 22 Rangel Booked (Davies - 55' )
  • 09 Michu (Shelvey - 76' )
  • 12 Dyer (Lamah - 65' )
  • 20 De Guzman
  • 21 Canas
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 10 Bony

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 16 Monk
  • 33 Davies
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 15 Routledge
  • 14 Lamah
  • 26 Vazquez
Ref: Gumienny
Att: 32,000

Match Stats

Shots

5 19

On target

2 9

Corners

1 2

Fouls

16 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:14 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Roland Lamah on Dorlan Pabon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andres Guardado.

89:09

A cross is delivered by Dorlan Pabon.

88:23

Foul by Dorlan Pabon on Jonathan de Guzman, free kick awarded. Alejandro Pozuelo takes the free kick.

87:02

Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Banega Ever. Free kick crossed by Banega Ever. Clearance by Wilfried Bony.

86:29

Jonjo Shelvey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Vicente Guaita safely holds on.

85:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Helder Postiga by Chico Chico. Helder Postiga takes the free kick.

84:59

Roland Lamah concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeremy Mathieu. Free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.

84:15

Shot by Dorlan Pabon went over the net.

83:58

Foul by Jose Alberto Canas on Banega Ever, free kick awarded. Banega Ever takes the free kick.

83:13

Jeremy Mathieu concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman. Jonathan de Guzman restarts play with the free kick.

82:53

Juan Bernat produces a cross.

82:17

Juan Bernat is caught offside. Chico Chico Chico Chico restarts play with the free kick.

81:33

The referee blows for offside against Wilfried Bony. Jeremy Mathieu restarts play with the free kick.

81:05

Antonio Barragan produces a cross. Header at goal by Helder Postiga misses left of the target.

79:56

Roland Lamah challenges Juan Bernat unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Banega Ever. Clearance made by Jose Alberto Canas.

79:25

Jordi Amat challenges Helder Postiga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martinez Javi Fuego takes the free kick.

78:44

Jonjo Shelvey sends in a cross.

76:58 Booking

Booking

76:57

Foul by Banega Ever on Wilfried Bony, free kick awarded. Banega Ever goes into the book. Alejandro Pozuelo has a shot from the free kick which hits the wall.

76:46

The ball is swung over by Ben Davies.

75:45 Substitution

Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on for Miguel Michu.

75:22

Centre by Ben Davies. Miguel Ricardo Costa makes a clearance.

73:50

Shot by Helder Postiga went wide right of the target.

73:34

The ball is delivered by Andres Guardado. Chico gets a block in.

71:29

A cross is delivered by Ben Davies. Clearance by Miguel Ricardo Costa.

68:43

Corner taken by Banega Ever.

68:25

Andres Guardado takes a shot. Fine finger tip save by Michel Vorm.

67:49

Dwight Tiendalli challenges Dorlan Pabon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Antonio Barragan.

65:46 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Canales goes off and Juan Bernat comes on.

64:14 Substitution

Substitution Roland Lamah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Dyer.

63:33

Unfair challenge on Chico by Sergio Canales results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michel Vorm.

63:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilfried Bony on Banega Ever. Antonio Barragan takes the free kick.

61:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan de Guzman - Valencia 0 - 3 Swansea Free kick scored by Jonathan de Guzman. Valencia 0-3 Swansea.

60:36

Banega Ever challenges Alejandro Pozuelo unfairly and gives away a free kick.

59:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dorlan Pabon on Alejandro Pozuelo. Miguel Michu takes the free kick.

58:50 Substitution

Substitution Dorlan Pabon is brought on as a substitute for Sofiane Feghouli.

57:31

Assist by Alejandro Pozuelo.

57:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Miguel Michu - Valencia 0 - 2 Swansea Miguel Michu slots the ball right footed into the goal. Valencia 0-2 Swansea.

56:59

The ball is sent over by Sofiane Feghouli.

56:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Pozuelo by Sofiane Feghouli. Free kick taken by Jose Alberto Canas.

55:51

Miguel Ricardo Costa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Bony. Free kick taken by Dwight Tiendalli.

54:29 Substitution

Substitution Ben Davies comes on in place of Angel Rangel.

53:27

Miguel Ricardo Costa is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jordi Amat restarts play with the free kick.

52:22

Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman. Miguel Michu takes a shot.

51:12

Centre by Antonio Barragan that comes to nothing.

50:12

Nathan Dyer produces a cross. Header at goal by Wilfried Bony goes over the bar.

46:36

Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Blocked by Sofiane Feghouli. Alejandro Pozuelo takes a shot. Vicente Guaita safely holds on.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:25 Booking

Booking

45:00 +0:21

Dwight Tiendalli fouled by Martinez Javi Fuego, the ref awards a free kick. Martinez Javi Fuego is booked. Jordi Amat restarts play with the free kick.

44:45

Header at goal by Miguel Michu misses left of the target.

44:35

The ball is sent over by Dwight Tiendalli.

43:26

Miguel Michu challenges Andres Guardado unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andres Guardado restarts play with the free kick.

42:06

Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Blocked by Jeremy Mathieu.

39:31

Dwight Tiendalli fouled by Antonio Barragan, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Alberto Canas takes the free kick.

38:31

Foul by Chico Chico on Helder Postiga, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Banega Ever goes out of play.

38:07

Wilfried Bony takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

37:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jose Alberto Canas by Helder Postiga. Jose Alberto Canas restarts play with the free kick.

36:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Pozuelo by Sofiane Feghouli. Jordi Amat restarts play with the free kick.

35:35

Angel Rangel crosses the ball.

35:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Canales on Jonathan de Guzman. Alejandro Pozuelo takes the free kick.

34:18

Banega Ever handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chico Chico Chico Chico.

33:36

Andres Guardado concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Free kick taken by Angel Rangel.

33:01

The official flags Helder Postiga offside. Michel Vorm restarts play with the free kick.

31:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dwight Tiendalli. Vicente Guaita restarts play with the free kick.

29:15

Wilfried Bony challenges Martinez Javi Fuego unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martinez Javi Fuego takes the free kick.

28:50

Miguel Michu takes a weak shot and cleared the net.

27:41

Miguel Ricardo Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilfried Bony. Free kick taken by Miguel Michu.

25:11

Wilfried Bony takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.

20:52

Shot by Nathan Dyer missed to the left of goal.

19:29

Nathan Dyer takes a weak shot and went wide right of the target.

16:05

The ball is crossed by Jeremy Mathieu. Chico manages to make a clearance.

15:21

Dwight Tiendalli challenges Sofiane Feghouli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sergio Canales. Michel Vorm punches the ball.

13:57

Assist on the goal came from Miguel Michu.

13:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Wilfried Bony - Valencia 0 - 1 Swansea Wilfried Bony scores a left footed goal. Valencia 0-1 Swansea.

13:05 Booking

Booking

12:55

Free kick taken by Jeremy Mathieu.

12:55 Substitution

Substitution Miguel Ricardo Costa is brought on as a substitute for Federico Cartabia.

12:55

Angel Rangel concedes a free kick for a foul on Federico Cartabia. Angel Rangel shown a yellow card.

11:37

The ball is sent over by Nathan Dyer. Clearance by Jeremy Mathieu.

10:59

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

9:55 Dismissal

Dismissal

9:22

Wilfried Bony fouled by Adil Rami, the ref awards a free kick. Adil Rami is sent off by the referee for professional foul. Jonathan de Guzman takes the free kick. Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Sofiane Feghouli gets a block in.

7:28

Sergio Canales takes a shot. Michel Vorm safely holds on.

6:42

The ball is swung over by Sergio Canales.

5:58

Andres Guardado sends in a cross. Jose Alberto Canas makes a clearance.

4:46

Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman. Wilfried Bony takes a shot. Vicente Guaita catches the ball.

3:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Helder Postiga. Free kick taken by Dwight Tiendalli.

3:18

Andres Guardado sends in a cross. Clearance made by Jordi Amat.

2:40

Unfair challenge on Andres Guardado by Jose Alberto Canas results in a free kick. Martinez Javi Fuego takes the free kick.

2:06

Dwight Tiendalli crosses the ball. Vicente Guaita safely holds on.

0:52

Wilfried Bony challenges Jeremy Mathieu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jeremy Mathieu takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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