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Swansea City 3-2 Burnley

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium
Swansea City v Burnley
Swansea City protest to referee Anthony Taylor after Burnley were awarded a first-half penalty

Fernando Llorente's injury-time goal gave Swansea City a thrilling win over Burnley in controversial circumstances to give the Welsh club's hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation a huge lift.

Llorente's thumping header gave the hosts an early lead but Burnley levelled as Andre Gray struck with a penalty, wrongly awarded by referee Anthony Taylor after the ball had hit the arm of Clarets striker Sam Vokes.

Swansea controlled the game in terms of possession and chances - hitting the woodwork three times - but fell behind in the second half as Gray scored with a sharp turn and finish.

Martin Olsson's powerful effort brought Swansea level and, deep into added time, Llorente rose majestically to head in and prompt ecstatic celebrations at the Liberty Stadium.

Victory moves the Swans five points clear of the relegation zone while Burnley, still without an away win in the league this season, slip to 12th in the table.

The Clarets' tally of two points on the road is the lowest in the Premier League but, midway through the second half, they looked like ending their long wait for an away win.

But ultimately justice was done as a dominant Swansea side recovered from the controversy of Gray's penalty to claim a deserved three points.

Penalty controversy

Swansea City protest
Referee Anthony Taylor waves away Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leroy Fer's protests

Until Llorente's dramatic winner, the game seemed destined to be defined by one of the most contentious refereeing decisions of the season.

The introduction of video technology to assist referees has been the subject of intense debate for years, with the International Football Association Board discussing the matter as recently as Friday.

If football's governing bodies were looking for evidence to support the implementation of video technology, Taylor's decision to award Burnley a penalty was a convincing argument.

Vokes' arm was the only one outstretched in the Swansea penalty area from a Burnley corner and, despite the hosts' appeals for a free-kick for handball, Taylor pointed to the spot and Gray confidently converted.

The Swans' players, coaches and fans were as incredulous as they were furious and, energised by their raw sense of injustice, the home side took control of the encounter.

They hit the woodwork three times in the first half alone - twice through Alfie Mawson and once through Llorente - but Burnley held on gamely and looked set to snatch an unlikely win when Gray swivelled and fired into the bottom corner in the second half.

Burnley away day blues continue

A dejected Burnley
Burnley have won just two points on their travels in the Premier League this season

Despite boasting the joint-third best home record in the Premier League, a division-low tally on the road meant Burnley were far from immune to the threat of relegation.

In fact, their points-per-game ratio from away matches of 0.4 was the lowest of the Premier League era - but their fortuitously awarded first-half penalty suggested this might be the day their fortunes changed.

It was not to be as Swansea, undeterred by falling behind, continued to dominate the encounter.

Celebration was for the fans - Clement

They equalised as Olsson finished emphatically after Gylfi Sigurdsson's delightful backheel, and their relentless pursuit of a winner was eventually rewarded when Llorente towered above Burnley's defenders and planted his header firmly into the net.

That gave Swansea a fifth win from eight games since they appointed Paul Clement, and the head coach summoned the spirit of a young Jose Mourinho as he celebrated Llorente's winner by sprinting along the touchline with his arms aloft, savouring the delirious celebrations of the home fans.

Man of the match - Fernando Llorente (Swansea City)

Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente celebrates his second goal of the match

Fer was the driving force in Swansea's midfield and Gray scored twice for Burnley, but Llorente's two excellent headers were the deciding moments of class - and could be the difference between survival and relegation for the Swans.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forRangelat 89'minutes
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Mawson
  • 16Olsson
  • 8FerBooked at 57mins
  • 24CorkBooked at 85mins
  • 42CarrollSubstituted forAmatat 90+5'minutes
  • 28NarsinghSubstituted forJ Ayewat 73'minutes
  • 9Llorente
  • 23G Sigurdsson


  • 2Amat
  • 3J Ayew
  • 7Britton
  • 10Bastón
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 22Rangel


Formation 4-4-2

  • 17Robinson
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6MeeBooked at 54mins
  • 23WardBooked at 10mins
  • 21Boyd
  • 19BartonSubstituted forWestwoodat 80'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 12BradySubstituted forArfieldat 66'minutes
  • 9VokesSubstituted forTarkowskiat 80'minutes
  • 7Gray


  • 4Flanagan
  • 18Westwood
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
  • 29Pope
  • 32Agyei
  • 37Arfield
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamBurnley
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 3, Burnley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Burnley 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Jordi Amat replaces Tom Carroll.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 3, Burnley 2. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Cork (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Kyle Naughton because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  17. Post update

    Jack Cork (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

  19. Booking

    Jack Cork (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

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6Man Utd261310339221749
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