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Swansea through despite St Gallen defeat

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 21.01CET
FC St Gallen 1-0 Swansea City AFC
Marco Mathys ensured St Gallen bowed out on a high, but FC Kuban Krasnodar's failure to beat Valencia CF meant Swansea safely advanced from Group A.
by Martyn Hindley
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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 21.01CET

Swansea through despite St Gallen defeat

FC St Gallen 1-0 Swansea City AFC
Marco Mathys ensured St Gallen bowed out on a high, but FC Kuban Krasnodar's failure to beat Valencia CF meant Swansea safely advanced from Group A.

Swansea City AFC have qualified for the spring phase of a UEFA club competition for the first time despite falling to defeat against FC St Gallen in Switzerland.

Michael Laudrup's side controlled the first half but failed to find the net and met with stern resistance after the restart. St Gallen sealed their second victory of the group stage when Marco Mathys turned in an inviting cross from Sébastien Wüthrich ten minutes from time. That left the visiting fans tentatively checking events in the other group game at Valencia CF, where a 1-1 draw was enough to confirm Swansea's passage to the round of 32.

The Welsh club started positively, in keeping with the mood of their supporters packing the town centre during the day. The foggy conditions proved no hindrance to their cohesive play as Roland Lamah's shot curled past the far post and Jonjo Shelvey chiselled out space for a shot that was met by the grateful arms of Marcel Herzog.

Wayne Routledge meandered into the penalty area only to be halted by Stéphane Besle's well-timed challenge, and Lamah again went close as Swansea struggled to convert time on the ball into clear goalscoring chances. On the opposite bench, Jeff Saibene also suffered frustration with his striking options when Goran Karanovic hobbled off injured in the 13th minute.

The pattern of St Gallen's opening home match against FC Kuban Krasnodar would be replicated after the break as the Swiss outfit engineered two glorious opportunities for Roberto Rodriguez, but both were blocked by Gerhard Tremmel. Moments before the first of them, Swansea had enjoyed their best chance of the night, Wilfried Bony heading wide from Jonathan De Guzmán's classy corner.

As the fog lifted, the home team gathered momentum. Wüthrich struck the outside of the post with a free-kick and had an effort disallowed for a foul on Neil Taylor, while Mathys had a header cleared off the line by José Cañas. Mathys would not be denied for long, though, lunging in to seal victory from three metres.

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Lineups

st gallen

St Gallen

swansea

Swansea

18
HerzogMarcel Herzog (GK)
25
TremmelGerhard Tremmel (GK)
10
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
2
AmatJordi Amat
11
KaranovicGoran Karanovic
Substitution13
3
N. TaylorNeil Taylor (C)
15
BesleStéphane Besle (C)
4
ChicoChico
Substitution62
19
MutschMario Mutsch
8
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
27
MathysMarco Mathys
Goal80
Substitution88
10
BonyWilfried Bony
Substitution77
28
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
Yellow Card81
14
LamahRoland Lamah
31
JanjatovicDejan Janjatovic
15
RoutledgeWayne Routledge
Substitution65
32
DemiriMuhamed Demiri
19
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
33
RussoDaniele Russo
20
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
34
RodriguezRoberto Rodriguez
Substitution59
24
PozueloAlejandro Pozuelo

Substitutes

1
LoparDaniel Lopar (GK)
42
T. DaviesThomas Davies (GK)
7
NushiKristian Nushi
Substitution59
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams
Substitution65
8
NaterStéphane Nater
9
MichuMichu
9
KeitaAlhassane Keita
Substitution13
11
Pablo HernándezPablo Hernández
Substitution77
14
SchönenbergerMario Schönenberger
12
DyerNathan Dyer
21
MartićIvan Martić
21
CañasJosé Cañas
Substitution62
Yellow Card90+1
29
FraninMarco Franin
Substitution88
33
DaviesBen Davies

Coach

Jeff Saibene (LUX) Michael Laudrup (DEN)

Referee

Liran Liany (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), David Elias Biton (ISR)

Fourth official

Oren Borneshtain (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Alon Yefet (ISR), Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)

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