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FC St Gallen 1-0 Swansea City

By Aled WilliamsBBC Wales Sport
Swansea's Wilfried Bony goes close with a header

Swansea reached the Europa League's knock-out phase despite Marco Mathys's late winner for Swiss side St Gallen.

Earlier, Jonjo Shelvey forced an early save from home keeper Marcel Herzog and Roland Lamah dragged his shot wide.

As the hosts pressed after half-time, Sebastien Wuthrich's free-kick hit the post before he had another effort ruled out for a foul on Neil Taylor.

While Mathys scored from Wuthrich's cross, Swansea progress courtesy of Kuban Krasnodar's 1-1 draw at Valencia.

The Swans, who had beaten St Gallen 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium in October, needed only a point to guarantee their place in the last 32.

Meanwhile, having already been eliminated as a result of losing to Russian side Kuban in their penultimate game, the Swiss side had nothing to play for other than pride.

Swansea's preparations were far from ideal as their departure to Switzerland was severely delayed on Wednesday due to fog and technical problems with their aircraft.

Manager Michael Laudrup insisted his side's heavily disrupted journey would not be used as an excuse if they failed to qualify for the last 32.

On a cold and foggy evening at the AFG Arena, Lamah - one of six changes to Swansea's side - had the first chance of note, with the Belgian international's curling left-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area going wide of the post.

The visitors showed some early attacking intent, with Shelvey forcing Herzog into a save.

While Laudrup's side were largely looking comfortable, they were guilty on more than one occasion of giving the ball away too easily.

Ermir Lenjani nearly punished them, but his shot fired into the side netting.

Swansea responded immediately, with Lamah drilling his shot wide before the hosts' Dejan Janjatovic wasted a free-kick.

The fog lifted slightly for the start of the second half and the fit-again Wilfried Bony flashed a powerful header wide from Jonathan de Guzman's corner.

Swansea survived when more sloppy play allowed Roberto Rodriguez to go one-on-one with Gerhard Tremmel, who came off his line to deny the midfielder with an outstretched left leg.

The German then made another outstanding save to deny the same player after Rodriguez was put clear by Muhamed Demiri.

Laudrup's side were living dangerously and Wuthrich's free-kick clipped the outside of the post during a spell of home pressure.

St Gallen did find the back of the net but the referee deemed Wuthrich to have pushed left-back Taylor as he bundled the ball home.

There was no respite for the Swans as substitute Jose Canas cleared Mathys's free header off the line although the Swiss midfielder was not to be denied.

Swansea failed to deal with Wuthrich's cross and Mathys stabbed the ball home from six yards to give his side a deserved lead.

The Welsh side held out during an anxious 10 minutes although substitute Pablo Hernandez came close to levelling the score and settling the nerves.

The Spaniard was played in by Alejandro Pozuelo but he dragged his right-footed shot wide of the post and also had a shot saved by Herzog in stoppage time.

It was an underwhelming performance by the Swans who nonetheless secured their place in Monday's draw for the knock-out stages after rivals Kuban could only draw 1-1 in Valencia.

Line-ups

FC St Gallen

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 18Herzog
  • 19Mutsch
  • 28LenjaniBooked at 81mins
  • 31Janjatovic
  • 33Russo
  • 15Besle
  • 10Wüthrich
  • 32Demiri
  • 11KaranoviçSubstituted forKeitaat 13'minutes
  • 27MathysSubstituted forFraninat 88'minutes
  • 34RodriguezSubstituted forNushiat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lopar
  • 7Nushi
  • 8Nater
  • 9Keita
  • 14Schönenberger
  • 21Martic
  • 29Franin

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Tremmel
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Flores MorenoSubstituted forCañas Ruiz Herreraat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 2Amat
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutes
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 10BonySubstituted forHernándezat 77'minutes
  • 24Pozuelo Melero
  • 14Lamah

Substitutes

  • 6Williams
  • 9Pérez Cuesta
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 33Davies
  • 42Davies
Referee:
Liran Liany
Attendance:
15,298

Match Stats

Home TeamFC St GallenAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC St Gallen 1, Swansea City 0.

  3. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ermir Lenjani (FC St Gallen).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

  7. Post update

    Alhassane Keita (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Booking

    José Cañas (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

    Dejan Janjatovic (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, FC St Gallen. Marco Franin replaces Marco Mathys.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Daniele Russo.

  14. Post update

    Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

  15. Post update

    Sébastien Wüthrich (FC St Gallen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

  18. Booking

    Ermir Lenjani (FC St Gallen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ermir Lenjani (FC St Gallen).

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