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29 August 2013
• Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploieşti
Referee: M. Koukoulakis
• Attendance: 12880
N. Priso 73'
H. Younès 83'
Swansea City win Aggregate 6 - 3
R. Lamah 74'
It was hardly the free-flowing, vintage Swansea performance that many of us are accustomed to but they advance to the group stages with a 6-3 aggregate win. Michael Laudrup's side will find out their opponents in tomorrow's draw in Monaco. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this Goal.com live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
FT: PETROLUL 2-1 SWANSEA. The Romanian side claim a deserved victory courtesy of Hamza Younes' headed winner after Roland Lamah had cancelled out Njongo Priso's opener. Michael Laudrup's side rarely threatened in attack and their defensive resilience eventually surrendered midway through the second half before Leon Britton was sent off with minutes to spare.
90' + 3'
Ovidiu Hoban twice goes close to scoring when he flicks a ball over the head of Davies before his left-footed strike goes inches over the crossbar. Moments later, his strike from the edge of the box deflects off Canas and behind for a corner.
90' + 1'
Petrolul threaten again when Davies half-clears a cross from the left but Camara cannot keep his eye on the ball and miskicks his volley.
Petrolul nearly make it 3-1 when Camara pulls the ball back for Younes but his shot flashes wide of the target. He should at least be hitting the target from there.
Yellow/Red Leon Britton
LEON BRITTON SENT OFF! Swansea are down to ten men as Britton is shown a second yellow for refusing to allow the Romanian side to take a free kick. That was needless.
Yellow Card Pozuelo
Pozuelo is shown a yellow card for refusing to allow Petrolul to take an early free kick.
Goal Hamza Younes
PETROLUL RETAKE THE LEAD! Guilherme produces a brilliant swinging cross into the middle and Amat is the wrong side of his marker, allowing Hamza Younes to head past Tremmel. 2-1 on the night, 3-6 on aggregate.
Into the final ten minutes here as Swansea edge towards the group stages. How far can Michael Laudrup's side go in the competition? In truth, they'll have to perform much better than they have this evening.
Petrolul continue to pour forward and Younes looks to chip a clever reverse pass into the path of Boudjemaa, only for Tremmel to rush off his line to claim.
With the tie in the bag, Michael Laudrup opts to rest another of his stars for the weekend as Jose Canas replaces Michu.
Petrolul go close to restoring the lead but Boudjemaa's vicious drive goes narrowly over the crossbar.
Assist Ángel Rangel
Goal Roland Lamah
SWANSEA EQUALISE! Petrolul's lead lasts only 68 seconds as Rangel crosses the ball towards the left corner of the box where Lamah is there to cushion a volley off the inside of the post and into the net. Good finish from the substitute.
Goal N. Priso
PETROLUL TAKE THE LEAD! Njonge Priso takes advantage of a poorly organised Swansea offside trap to control a long diagonal pass on his chest excellently, before firing past Tremmel with aplomb. Is there a comeback on the cards?
BAD MISS FROM PETROLUL! Ovidiu Hoban receives the ball on the edge of the box and with the goal at his mercy, he drags his shot well wide of the post.
Yellow Card Leon Britton
Leon Britton is shown a yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Filipe Teixeira.
THE BALL IS IN THE NET FOR SWANSEA BUT IT WON'T COUNT! Ki latches onto a loose ball beyond the Petrolul defence and plays in Donnelly whose first shot is well saved by Bornescu before he puts the rebound in the net. However, the Northern Ireland striker is denied the goal on his first competitive start as the ball struck his arm.
Camara has shown plenty of attacking intent since his introduction and he cuts inside Amat before his goalbound strike is well blocked by Lamah.
Pablo Hernandez has had the best of Swansea's chances today but he is replaced by Roland Lamah.
Cosmin Contra makes his final change with Romario replacing captain Sony Mustivar.
Swansea are getting a scent of the Petrolul goal now and Hernandez fizzes a shot just over Bornescu's crossbar. Will the deadlock get broken here?
GOOD SAVE FROM BORNESCU! Hernandez should score when he collects Pozuelo's pass inside the penalty box, but the Spanish winger cannot get the ball out from under his feet and his chip is well caught.
Hamza Younes produces a neat piece of skill to flick the ball over the head of Amat but Flores is there to clear the danger, with Mustivar looking to pounce.
Tremmel is being called into action a little more in the second half and he produces a brilliant catch to deny Alves at the back post.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Petrolul are refusing to give up hope and Guilherme once again strides forward from defence, before his ambitious shot is well blocked by Britton.
Teixeira delivers an inviting free kick towards the back post for Alves, but his pass across goal is well anticipated by Tremmel who makes the save.
Gerardo Alves has been solid at the back for Petrolul today and he comes to his side's rescue once again as he takes the ball off the toes of Davies, who had taken a heavy touch in a promising position. Hardly a vintage Swansea performance here.
Yellow Card Gerhard Tremmel
Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel is booked for timewasting.
SWANSEA HIT THE POST! The Welsh side pour forward in numbers with Donnelly down the right and his low cross towards Hernandez at the back post deflects off Alves and off the woodwork. The Northern Irish youngster should perhaps have done better with his pass there.
Petrolul are well on top here and Rangel produces a crucial header to prevent Priso from heading in Camara's lofted cross.
Gerardo Alves strides forward from defence but his ambitious shot flashes well wide of the goal.
Guilherme picks himself up to take the free kick himself but his curling effort is straight down Tremmel's throat, who makes a comfortable save.
Guilherme produces a brilliant run, evading several Swansea players before he is thrown to the floor by Amat. Free kick in a promising position here. Good start to the second half for the Romanians.
PETROLUL HIT THE POST! Filipe Teixeira almost makes an instant impact as his fierce right-footed shot cannons off the post, with Tremmel well beaten. He's already offered more of an attacking threat than Dore in the whole of the first half.
Swansea get the second half underway. Petrolul make two changes with Abel Camara and Filipe Teixeira replacing Pablo De Lucas and Ferebory Dore.
HT: PETROLUL 0-0 SWANSEA. The referee calls time on a relatively uneventful first half. Cosmin Contra's side nearly took the lead on the stroke of half time but Leon Britton was in the right place to head Hamza Younes' effort off the line. The Romanian side have perhaps had the better of the opening 45 minutes but Swansea's defensive resilience ensures it is all-square at the break.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Jordi Amat
Jordi Amat is shown a yellow card for a needless challenge on Hoban just inside the centre-circle. Federico Dore meets De Lucas' lofted cross but his header flies high over the crossbar.
SWANSEA CLEAR OFF THE LINE! The Romanians nearly take the lead when Dore heads De Lucas' corner towards the penalty spot. Younes helps the ball towards goal but Britton is there to prevent the ball from creeping in.
It's been a rather dull first half here in Romania with chances few and far between. Ultimately, Swansea's defensive resilience has proved effective and they have done well to prevent any remote chance of a Petrolul comeback.
You can see Rory Donnelly's lack of experience here. First, he overhits his return pass for Michu, then, after controlling Michu's through ball, he fails to shoot with a clear view of goal, instead opting for a smart turn which ends up with him being tackled by Alves.
Guilherme cuts inside from the left and looks to chip a cross into the middle for Dore, only for Chico Flores to intercept. The tall Congolese striker has been rather anonymous so far.
De Lucas delivers a corner from the right, which Hoban rises highest to meet, only to see his header go well wide of the target.
Alcernat and Priso combine effectively down the Swansea left but the Romanian side just cannot find that final ball. Michael Laudrup's team are very well organised at the back and have only conceded one goal in three matches in this competition.
Gerhard Tremmel has hardly been tested here but his life is not made much easier as he is constantly having to shield his eyes from a green laser from the crowd.
Boudjemaa delivers a teasing cross into the middle and when it is headed to the edge of the box, Mustivar heads the ball to his teammate, Younes, who executes a brilliant overhead kick which loops onto the roof of the net. Almost a carbon copy of Grozav's effort in the first leg.
Ben Davies advances from left back and his cross finds Pozuelo on the edge of the box, only for the summer signing to delay his strike and get dispossessed by Gerardo Alves.
De Lucas spots Younes in space on the right corner of the box but the Spanish midfielder's pass is too slow and Britton makes a crucial interception. That was a good chance for the Romanian side.
De Lucas swings a dangerous free kick into the Swansea box but Michu is there to make a good clearance. No way past the Swans defence so far.
Pablo Hernandez looks to thread a ball past the Petrolul defence for Donnelly but the Spanish winger slightly overhits his pass and Bornescu claims.
Younes pulls out to the left wing and looks to cut the ball back for Boudjemaa, only for De Guzman to make a crucial interception.
De Lucas plays a smart pass into the feet of Younes just inside the box, but the striker has the ballen stolen off of his toes by Amat.
GOOD CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Michu plays a superb one-touch pass beyond the Petrolul defence for Donnelly to chase, but the striker cannot mark his first competitive start with a goal as he drags his shot narrowly wide of the far post.
Swansea have settled into this game now after that bright Petrolul start. The home fans are still bouncing but neither goalkeeper has yet to be tested.
Yellow Card N. Priso
Njongo Priso picks up a yellow card for his protests.
Cosmin Contra is furious when the referee refuses to point to the spot. Younes once again gets in behind the Swansea defence and goes down under a challenge from Chico Flores. In honesty, it appears that the Tunisian striker slipped.
Yellow Card Sony Mustivar
Petrolul captain Sony Mustivar is the first player to be cautioned after a nasty mistimed tackle on Swansea captain Leon Britton.
Petrolul half-clear the corner to the edge of the box but Hernandez completely scuffs his shot and the danger is cleared.
Swansea threaten when Pozuelo makes a brilliant run down the right, but his low cross into the middle is turned behind excellently by Guilherme, with Donnelly looking to pounce in the middle.
Petrolul are keeping up the pressure here and Hamza Younes makes a smart run to get in behind Jordi Amat but he is adjudged to have fouled the Spanish defender.
Here's a fact for you: Petrolul Ploiesti coach Cosmin Contra won a runners-up medal in this competition, back in Alaves' 5-4 defeat to Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.
Pablo Hernandez looks to make a mazy run down the left but he is stopped by a strong, well-timed challenge from Ovidiu Hoban. The home fans are bouncing here, you wouldn't think that they were 5-1 down after the first leg.
Incidentally, Gheorghe Grozav, who scored a terrific overhead kick in the first leg, has left Petrolul for Russian side Terek Grozny.
It's been a bright start for the Romanian side and Njongo Priso goes close as he cushions a volley just wide of the post.
Petrolul get the ball rolling. Can they put the Swans on the ropes with an early goal?
Michael Laudrup is without a host of first-team players as Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony, Neil Taylor, Jonjo Shelvey and Nathan Dyer miss out through injury. Gerhard Tremmel replaces Michel Vorm between the sticks whilst 21-year-old Northern Irish striker Rory Donnelly makes his first competitive start up front.
Swansea (4-4-1-1): Tremmel; Rangel, Flores, Amat, Davies; Hernandez, Britton, De Guzman, Pozuelo; Michu; Donnelly.
Petrolul Ploiesti (4-2-3-1): Bornescu; Alcenat, Alves, Guilherme, Mustivar; Boudjemaa, Hoban; Priso, De Lucas, Younes; Dore.
Without any further ado, here are tonight's lineups...
A double from Wayne Routledge, combined with goals from Michu, Alejandro Pozuelo and an own-goal from Peterson Pecanha gave the Swans a 5-0 lead at the Liberty Stadium last Thursday, before Gheorghe Grozav scored a fantastic late consolation for the visitors.
My name is Max Bentley and I'll be keeping you up to date with all the action from the Stadionul Ilie Oana as Petrolul Ploiesti bid to become only the third club in the history of the tournament to overturn a four-goal deficit from the first leg.
Swansea City look set to consolidate their position in this season's Europa League group stage after winning the first leg of their play-off tie 5-1 against Petrolul Ploiesti. However, stranger things have happened in football and Michael Laudrup has warned his side against complacency ahead of this evening's second-leg contest.
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