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Swansea City 0-1 Valencia CF

By Richard WilliamsBBC Wales Sport
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Swansea were made to wait on qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League after a narrow defeat by Spanish side Valencia.

Daniel Parejo slotted home after Gerhard Tremmel's weak punch to avenge the 3-0 defeat in Spain in September.

Alvaro Vasquez came close to clinching a draw for the hosts, but his shot was cleared off the line by Jeremy Mathieu.

The Swans now need a point from their visit to St Gallen on 12 December to be sure of qualification.

But they could still qualify even if they lose in Switzerland, provided Kuban Krasnodar do not beat Valencia in their final game.

A draw would have been good enough to see Swansea into the last 32 after Kuban Krasnodar's 4-0 home win over St Gallen.

However, the defeat means Swansea may yet pay a high price for the two added-time equalisers they conceded against Krasnodar earlier in the tournament.

They also face being without top-scorer Wilfried Bony for several weeks after the striker injured a hamstring just before half-time.

On a chaotic evening at the Liberty the Swans finished the game with 10 men after defender Angel Rangel limped off late in the game with all three substitutes already used.

And they had to play six minutes with 10 men earlier in the half while a blood-free shirt was sought for Jordi Amat after he came off the field with a cut head.

Swansea caused an early scare for Diego Alves in the Valencia goal who looked vulnerable under the high ball, but then fell behind thanks to a an error by their own goalkeeper in the 20th minute.

Tremmel's tame punch fell to Juan Barnat outside the box. His shot was deflected into the path of Parejo who stroked the ball into the bottom corner with Tremmel scrambling.

Swansea were then made to watch Valencia stroking the ball around, dominating possession and dictating the sedate pace of the game.

And the Welsh club's problems appeared to increase when Bony was helped off after pulling up with a hamstring injury.

He was replaced by Vasquez who had the ball in the back of the net just before half-time after goalkeeper Alves had parried Shelvey's shot into the substitute's path.

The goal was ruled out, although TV replays suggested neither Shelvey or Vasquez was offside.

The Swans should have fallen further behind early in the second period when Sofiane Feghouli was put through on goal, but he put his left-foot shot past the post as Tremmel advanced.

Swansea pressed forward and went close through Shelvey and Vasquez, but failed find the vital breakthrough.

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said: "Tonight I think Valencia were the better team in the first half and dominated in midfield, not that they created many chances.

"We had a disallowed goal, but Alvaro [Vasquez] was at least one yard onside.

"In the second half we took over and had three or four chances but had one saved on the line and couple of others that very close.

"Maybe we will have to get that last point in Switzerland."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Tremmel
  • 22RangelBooked at 5mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 2Amat
  • 12DyerSubstituted forHernándezat 66'minutes
  • 8ShelveyBooked at 86mins
  • 10BonySubstituted forVázquez Garcíaat 42'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 24Pozuelo Melero
  • 14LamahSubstituted forDe Guzmánat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vorm
  • 6Williams
  • 11Hernández
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 26Vázquez García

Valencia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alves Carreira
  • 12da Silva Pereira
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 52mins
  • 21ParejoBooked at 70mins
  • 5Ruiz
  • 22Mathieu
  • 8FeghouliSubstituted forPiattiat 68'minutes
  • 6Romeu
  • 23CanalesSubstituted forFuego Martínezat 85'minutes
  • 7Gonçalves OliveiraBooked at 60minsSubstituted forPostigaat 77'minutes
  • 14Bernat

Substitutes

  • 2Piatti
  • 9Postiga
  • 15Fuego Martínez
  • 16Alcácer
  • 20Moreira da Costa
  • 24Herrero Javaloyas
  • 26Domenech Sánchez
Referee:
Luca Banti

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 0, Valencia CF 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Valencia CF 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

  6. Post update

    Angel Rangel went off injured after Swansea City had used all subs.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álvaro (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

  9. Booking

    Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Pablo Piatti (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia CF. Javi Fuego replaces Sergio Canales.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Britton.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia CF. Helder Postiga replaces Jonas.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrés Guardado (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Diego Alves.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Diego Alves.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 28th November 2013

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