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Routledge downs St Gallen to take Swans clear

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 23.13CET
Swansea City AFC 1-0 FC St Gallen
The hosts took advantage of Goran Karanovic's penalty miss as Wayne Routledge got the winner to take the Swans clear in Group A.
by Simon Hart
from Swansea Stadium

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Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 23.13CET

Routledge downs St Gallen to take Swans clear

Swansea City AFC 1-0 FC St Gallen
The hosts took advantage of Goran Karanovic's penalty miss as Wayne Routledge got the winner to take the Swans clear in Group A.

Swansea City AFC continued their impressive run of results in the UEFA Europa League as Wayne Routledge's second-half goal secured victory over FC St Gallen.

The Premier League side moved three points clear at the top of Group A although a tight and absorbing contest might have produced a different outcome had Goran Karanovic not hit a tame penalty straight at home goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel after 15 minutes. That came after Dwight Tiendalli was adjudged to have handled a Roberto Rodriguez cross and it was not the only scare for the home side in the first half, with Marco Mathys put clear by Rodriguez soon after only to roll his shot wide of the far post.

Swansea had begun the match with Michu nodding over from the game's first corner and their best opening of the half fell to Jordi Amat who saw goalkeeper Daniel Lopar turn his header on to the far post in the 24th minute. Alejandro Pozuelo and Wilfried Bony also threatened, but Swansea's fluency was not helped by Michu’s temporary exit for a lengthy spell of treatment for a nasty head injury.

Swansea's winning goal arrived after 52 minutes and it followed some nice work in midfield by Leon Britton and Pozuelo, the latter releasing Bony on the right side of the box. Lopar took the sting out of Bony's ensuing angled shot but Routledge turned the loose ball in at the far post.

St Gallen did not surrender their 12-game unbeaten record without a fight. Substitute Alhassane Keita killed perfectly a long ball over the top by Stéphane Besle but his lobbed finish landed on the roof of the net. Stéphane Nater then struck a low shot against the outside of the post yet Swansea continued to threaten on the break with Lopar saving well to keep out Nathan Dyer's volley with his legs.

Last updated: 05/10/13 7.16CET

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Lineups

swansea

Swansea

st gallen

St Gallen

25
TremmelGerhard Tremmel (GK)
1
LoparDaniel Lopar (GK)
2
AmatJordi Amat
6
MontandonPhilippe Montandon (C)
Substitution73
4
ChicoChico
11
KaranovicGoran Karanovic
Penalty15
Substitution46
7
BrittonLeon Britton (C)
15
BesleStéphane Besle
9
MichuMichu
16
VitkieviezMatías Vitkieviez
10
BonyWilfried Bony
Substitution70
19
MutschMario Mutsch
15
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Goal52
Substitution62
21
MartićIvan Martić
Yellow Card78
19
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
27
MathysMarco Mathys
20
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
28
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
24
PozueloAlejandro Pozuelo
Substitution83
31
JanjatovicDejan Janjatovic
33
DaviesBen Davies
Yellow Card77
34
RodriguezRoberto Rodriguez
Substitution62

Substitutes

1
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
18
HerzogMarcel Herzog (GK)
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
7
NushiKristian Nushi
8
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution83
8
NaterStéphane Nater
Substitution62
12
DyerNathan Dyer
Substitution62
Yellow Card78
9
KeitaAlhassane Keita
Substitution46
14
LamahRoland Lamah
10
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
21
CañasJosé Cañas
32
DemiriMuhamed Demiri
26
VázquezÁlvaro Vázquez
Substitution70
33
RussoDaniele Russo
Substitution73

Coach

Michael Laudrup (DEN) Jeff Saibene (LUX)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Fourth official

Antonio Godinho (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), Hugo Miguel (POR)

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