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Stylish Swansea make light work of Valencia

Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.45CET
Valencia CF 0-3 Swansea City AFC
The visitors made a statement of intent on their return to Europe thanks to goals from Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonathan De Guzmán.
by Delfín Ramírez
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Published: Thursday 19 September 2013, 21.45CET

Stylish Swansea make light work of Valencia

Valencia CF 0-3 Swansea City AFC
The visitors made a statement of intent on their return to Europe thanks to goals from Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonathan De Guzmán.

Swansea City AFC enjoyed a spectacular UEFA Europa League debut by sweeping aside ten-man Valencia CF 3-0 at Mestalla.

Visiting coach Michael Laudrup could scarcely have wished for a better start after labelling Valencia as "favourites for the group" prior to kick-off. Wilfried Bony opened the scoring after Adil Rami had been sent off on ten minutes, and Michu consolidated Swansea's lead in the second period. Midfielder Jonathan De Guzmán then completed the rout by adding a spectacular third.

An initially even contest in Group A changed dramatically when Rami received a red card for upending Bony as the powerful forward bore down on Vicente Guaita's goal. The Premier League outfit took control from then on, opening the scoring just four minutes later.

A flowing build-up culminated in Michu crossing from the left and Bony doing the rest from close range. The visitors almost doubled their lead soon after, Nathan Dyer firing just wide after a slip from Ricardo Costa, before Bony drilled off target.

Going into the game on the back of three straight Liga losses, Miroslav Djukić's side struggled to find their rhythm and went further behind in the 58th minute when Alejandro Pozuelo's searching pass found Michu, who steadied himself before firing confidently past Guaita. Things got worse for the hosts four minutes later as De Guzman made Guaita's net billow with a glorious 30-metre free-kick.

Last updated: 07/10/14 3.19CET

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Lineups

valencia

Valencia

swansea

Swansea

13
GuaitaVicente Guaita (GK)
1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
4
RamiAdil Rami
Red Card10
2
AmatJordi Amat
8
FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
Substitution59
4
ChicoChico
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
9
MichuMichu
Goal58
Substitution77
10
BanegaÉver Banega (C)
Yellow Card78
10
BonyWilfried Bony
Goal14
15
FuegoJavier Fuego
Yellow Card45+1
12
DyerNathan Dyer
Substitution65
18
GuardadoAndrés Guardado
19
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
19
BarragánAntonio Barragán
20
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
Goal62
22
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
21
CañasJosé Cañas
23
CanalesSergio Canales
Substitution66
22
RangelÀngel Rangel (C)
Yellow Card14
Substitution56
28
CartabiaFede Cartabia
Substitution14
24
PozueloAlejandro Pozuelo

Substitutes

1
Diego AlvesDiego Alves (GK)
25
TremmelGerhard Tremmel (GK)
7
JonasJonas
8
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution77
11
PabónDorlan Pabón
Substitution59
14
LamahRoland Lamah
Substitution65
14
BernatJuan Bernat
Substitution66
15
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
16
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
16
MonkGarry Monk
20
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution14
26
VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
21
ParejoDaniel Parejo
33
DaviesBen Davies
Substitution56

Coach

Miroslav Djukić (SRB) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Frank Bleyen (BEL), Kristof Meers (BEL)

Fourth official

Yves De Neve (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Luc Wouters (BEL), Jonathan Lardot (BEL)

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