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

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

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

  • 25Tremmel
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 33DaviesBooked at 77mins
  • 7Britton
  • 4Chico
  • 2Amat
  • 24PozueloSubstituted forShelveyat 83'minutes
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 10BonySubstituted forAlvaroat 70'minutes
  • 9Michu
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forDyerat 62'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 1Vorm
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Dyer
  • 14Lamah
  • 21Cañas
  • 26Alvaro

FC St Gallen

  • 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

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, FC St Gallen 0.
Hand ball by Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen).
Offside, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán tries a through ball, but Álvaro is caught offside.
Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).
Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Álvaro (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Leon Britton (Swansea City) because of an injury.
Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen).
Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen).
Foul by Chico (Swansea City).
Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Álex Pozuelo.
Foul by Álvaro (Swansea City).
Stephane Besle (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Stéphane Nater (FC St Gallen) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Dejan Janjatovic.
Attempt blocked. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen).
Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).
Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

Booking

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ivan Martic (FC St Gallen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ivan Martic (FC St Gallen).

Booking

Ben Davies (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).
Ivan Martic (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).
Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jordi Amat (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matias Vitkieviez (FC St Gallen).

Substitution

Substitution, FC St Gallen. Daniele Russo replaces Philippe Montandon.
Attempt missed. Álvaro (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michu following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Wilfried Bony.
Attempt missed. Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephane Besle with a through ball.
Dangerous play by Chico (Swansea City).
Stéphane Nater (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Stephane Besle.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen).

Substitution

Substitution, FC St Gallen. Stéphane Nater replaces Roberto Rodriguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Wayne Routledge.
Attempt missed. Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Matias Vitkieviez.
Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen).
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Philippe Montandon (FC St Gallen).
Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ivan Martic.
Corner, FC St Gallen. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Foul by Michu (Swansea City).
Mario Mutsch (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, FC St Gallen 0. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.
Offside, FC St Gallen. Matias Vitkieviez tries a through ball, but Roberto Rodriguez is caught offside.
goal