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August 29, 2013 11:00 PM IST
Stadionul Ilie Oană (new) — Ploieşti
Referee:‬ M. Koukoulakis‎
Attendance:‬ 12880‎
 
73′ N. Priso
Roland Lamah 74′
83′ Hamza Younes
 

Petrolul Ploiesti 2-1 Swansea (agg 3-6): Laudrup's men progress despite defeat in Romania

The Swans suffered their third loss of the season, despite a strike from Roland Lamah, but have qualified for the group stages of the Europa League thanks to their first-leg rout

By Nicholas McGee

UEFA Europa League Play-Offs_Swansea City v FC Petrolul Ploiesti, Gheorghe Grozav
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Swansea slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Petrolul Ploiesti in Romania on Thursday night, but nevertheless progressed to the group stages of the Europa League courtesy of their five-goal first-leg win at the Liberty Stadium.

Hamza Younes proved to be the match-winner for the hosts, with the Tunisian netting late in the second half after Roland Lamah had cancelled out Njongo Priso's opener.

Leading 5-1 from the first leg, Swansea made five changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Tottenham in the Premier League last Sunday, as boss Michael Laudrup rested several key players ahead of their upcoming clash with West Brom.

It took 18 minutes for Laudrup's men to craft their first real opening of the game, forward Rory Donnelly firing wide after he was put through brilliantly by Michu.

Clear-cut opportunities proved few and far between in the opening period, with the hosts having to resort to the spectacular in their attempt to get back into the tie. Younes sent an acrobatic overhead kick inches over the bar just after the half-hour mark.

Petrolul, somewhat predictably given the deficit they faced, continued to force the issue, but struggled to find a way through an organised Swansea defence and midfielder Ovidiu Hoban wasted one of their better chances when he headed well wide from a corner.

The home side’s best opportunity came just two minutes before the break, as Younes' close-range effort was cleared off the line by Leon Britton - who was later sent off - after Gerhard Tremmel could only get a hand to the shot.

Swansea held out until the break and, although the Romanian outfit continued to force the issue in the early stages of the second half, it was the Premier League team who should have taken the lead; Donnelly broke down the right only to see his cross-cum-shot strike the inside of the post.

Laudrup's side's quality began to tell in the second half as they took charge of a frenetic contest, but they continued to be wasteful in front of goal as Pablo Hernandez shot tamely into the hands of Mircea Bornescu from point-blank range.

Swansea were in control for much of the second period, but the goal that would cap a professional display continued to elude them. Donnelly eventually did have the ball in the back of the net, only to see his effort ruled out for handball.

Petrolul remained a threat despite Swansea's dominance, and they capitalised on some poor defending from the hosts to take the lead. Winger Priso broke through after being played onside by Chico Flores and coolly steered the ball past Tremmel.

However, the hosts' advantage lasted less than a minute, as Swansea substitute Lamah turned home Alejandro Pozuelo's free kick at the far post to level things up.

Swansea's progress had been long since secured, but defeat on the night was confirmed when Younes headed home at the near post from Guilherme's left-wing cross before Britton was dismissed for a second bookable offence.


Petrolul Ploieşti

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Mircea Bornescu
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
Geraldo Alves
Defender
3.50
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Sitya
Defender
73′ 83′
3.50
-
Sony Alcenat
Midfielder
2.00
-
Damien Boudjemaa
Midfielder
2.50
-
2.50
21
N. Priso
Midfielder
14′ 73′
3.50
10
De Lucas
Midfielder
46′
2.00
-
Sony Mustivar
Striker
12′ 66′
2.50
-
Hamza Younes
Striker
83′
3.50
27
1.50

Swansea City

2.50
25
1.50
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
46′
3.50
4
Chico
Defender
2.50
22
2.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
2.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
70′ 87′
3.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
76′
2.50
11
2.00
20
3.00
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
85′
2.00
41

Substitutes

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Peçanha
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
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Romario
Midfielder
66′
2.50
20
3.00
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Camará
Striker
46′
2.50

Substitutes

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1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
2.50
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
61′
2.50
21
 - 
29
3.00
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
67′ 74′

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0