Select a Team

Europa League

(ATT 15,298) 12th December 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Liran Liany

St Gallen St Gallen vs Swansea City Swansea

St Gallen 1

M Mathys (80)

ft

UEFA Europa League: Swansea lose 1-0 at St Gallen but qualify for last 32

Last Updated: 13/12/13 8:09am

  • Share:
Swansea winger Wayne Routledge is challenged by Stephane Besle

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge is challenged by Stephane Besle

Swansea qualified for the Europa League round-of-32 as Group A runners-up despite losing 1-0 away to St Gallen.

A draw at a foggy AFG Arena would have been enough for Michael Laudrup's men to secure their own safe passage through to the knockout stages.

Instead, they went down to a deserved 80th-minute goal scored by midfielder Marco Mathys - but Kuban Krasnodar could only draw 1-1 at Valencia in the other game in the group, meaning the Russians did not unseat the Swans from second spot.

Swansea will learn their round-of-32 opponents when the draw is made in Nyon on Monday. They will face either a group winner, or one of the four best third-placed Champions League sides - either Napoli, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel.

Laudrup made six changes to his side in north-east Switzerland. Wilfried Bony shook off a hamstring strain in time to replace Michu, while Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Wayne Routledge, Alejandro Pozuelo and Roland Lamah were also recalled following Monday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Hull.

Swansea's preparations for this fixture had been far from ideal after fog and technical issues ensured their journey on Wednesday took over 12 hours. Some players were also awoken by a shallow earth tremor in the early hours of the morning.

But they managed to take an early control of the match, with Lamah curling just wide and later firing narrowly off-target with a low shot.

Full-back Dwight Tiendalli's decision to allow Ermir Lenjani the freedom of the left-hand side of the field was particularly poor in the first half, and roused Laudrup from the bench after the midfielder had flashed a shot just wide.

However, their hosts were much improved after the break and Roberto Rodriguez was twice denied by Gerhard Tremmel after some poor Swansea defending.

Mathys' pass put Rodriguez in on goal but Tremmel saved his low effort, and followed that with another good stop from the same player after Tiendalli had played three St Gallen players onside.

Swansea then lost Chico Flores with what appeared to be an ankle problem, and their discomfort continued when Wuthrich struck the post with a free-kick.

St Gallen thought they had gone in front on 72 minutes. The ball was swung over from the right and into the six-yard box where Sebastien Wuthrich and Taylor competed for it, only for the latter to put through his own net. However, the extra official behind the goal ruled that Wuthrich shoved Taylor and the referee disallowed the strike.

Jose Canas, on for Flores, then cleared a Mathys header off the line as the pressure increased.

However, with 10 minutes left, Wuthrich crossed from the left and sloppy defending allowed the unmarked Mathys to stab the ball home for the only goal of the game.


FC St GallenTeam StatisticsSwansea City
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target2
5Shots off Target6
0Blocked Shots4
4Corners6
8Fouls12
3Offsides2
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
70.7Passing Success85.1
15Tackles19
80Tackles Success78.9
31.8Possession68.2
52.1Territorial Advantage47.9
276Total Passes637
26Total Crosses22
149Lost Balls146
66Recoveries69
35.11st Half Poss.64.9
25.82nd Half Poss.74.2

  • Share:

Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 12th Dec - Group A
    Thu 12th Dec - Group D
    Thu 12th Dec - Group C
    Thu 12th Dec - Group B
    Thu 12th Dec - Group F
    • Frankfurt
      2 - 0
      Apoel Nicosia
      bet
      TV
    • Mac Tel Avi
      1 - 0
      Bordeaux
      bet
      TV
    Thu 12th Dec - Group E
    • Fiorentina
      2 - 1
      Dnipro
      bet
      TV
    • P Targu-Jiu
      0 - 0
      P Ferreira
      bet
      TV
    Thu 12th Dec - Group G
    • Dynamo Kiev
      3 - 1
      Rapid Vienna
      bet
      TV
    • FC Thun
      0 - 1
      Genk
      bet
      TV
    Thu 12th Dec - Group H
    Thu 12th Dec - Group I
    Thu 12th Dec - Group J
    • A Limassol
      0 - 2
      Leg Warsaw
      bet
      TV
    • Lazio
      0 - 0
      Trabzonspor
      bet
      TV
    Thu 12th Dec - Group K
    • Sh Tiraspol
      2 - 0
      Tromso
      bet
      TV
    • Tottenham
      4 - 1
      A Mak'kala
      bet
      TV
    Thu 12th Dec - Group L
    • PAOK S'nika
      2 - 2
      AZ Alkmaar
      bet
      TV
    • Maccabi Haifa
      2 - 1
      S Karaganda
      bet
      TV

Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2

Related