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October 4, 2013 12:35 AM IST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes‎
Attendance:‬ 15397‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea City 1-0 St Gallen

Michael Laudrup's side made it two wins from two in Group A with a narrow victory over their Swiss opponents thanks to Wayne Routledge's second-half goal at the Liberty Stadium

By Ryan Bailey

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    0
    0
    4.00

    Gerhard Tremmel

    Once again proved himself a more than a capable deputy with an authoritative game. Thwarted Karanovic from the spot, albeit a comfortable stop, and commanded his area throughout.

  • Jordi Amat
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jordi Amat

    Caught out of position on a couple of occasions and looked shaky under the high ball, which was exposed on more than one occasion. Went close to scoring his first goal for the club with a first-half header.

  • Chico
    0
    0
    4.00

    Chico Top of the Match

    Reasonably solid at the back, giving Karanovic and the Keita very little change, but seemed to lack understanding with Amat at times.

  • Dwight Tiendalli
    0
    0
    3.50

    Dwight Tiendalli

    Harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area early on but another industrious and hard-working display at both ends from the right-back.

  • Ben Davies
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ben Davies

    Another impressive performance for the highly rated left-back, who posed a dangerous threat going forward, linking well with Routledge.

  • Leon Britton
    0
    0
    3.50

    Leon Britton

    Led from the front with a domineering display in midfield and ran the show for the Swans as well as providing excellent cover on front of the back four. His incisive burst provided the opening for Routledge's goal.

  • Michu
    0
    0
    3.50

    Michu

    Suffered a nasty head injury in the first half and seemed to punctuate what had been a promising opening quarter to the game.

  • Wayne Routledge
    0
    0
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Very quiet and ineffective in the first period as he needlessly conceded possession and provided very little attacking threat. Grew in stature as the game wore on and was in the right place to slot home the opener but will be disappointed with his performance. Replaced on the hour mark.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    A solid and energetic evening's work in the engine room but struggled to pick the killer pass. Nonetheless, did the simple things well and kept things ticking with a near pefect pass success rate.

  • Pozuelo
    0
    0
    3.50

    Pozuelo

    The young Spaniard caught the eye and linked with the front two neatly, most notably for the opening goal with a perfectly weighted ball down the side of the defence. However, drifted out of the game in the last half-hour.

  • Wilfried Bony
    0
    0
    3.00

    Wilfried Bony

    Held the ball up well when it was thrown forward towards him and worked his socks off before being hauled off in the second half. Saw very little of the ball apart from a bright period either side of the break during which he assisted the winning goal.

Substitutions

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Kept the ball well in the final stages.

  • Nathan Dyer
    0
    0
    3.50

    Nathan Dyer

    Replaced the matchwinner on the hour mark and instantly made an impact. Should have sealed the victory but fired straight at the keeper from close range.

  • Álvaro
    0
    0
    3.50

    Álvaro

    Brought on for his first European game of the season and went close to scoring with his first touch but shot narrowly wide from a tight angle.

  • Daniel Lopar
    0
    0
    3.50

    Daniel Lopar

    Largely untested for the majority of the game but produced a fine save from Amat's header in the first half and could perhaps have got a stronger hand on Bony's effort for the goal but little blame attached.

  • Philippe Montandon
    0
    0
    3.50

    Philippe Montandon

    Cut a commanding and influential figure at the heart of the defence as he read and thwarted the danger at regular intervals. However, looked vulnerable when the ball was played in behind and was sacrificed in search of an equaliser.

  • Stéphane Besle
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stéphane Besle

    Made a couple of important tackles and interceptions but fortunate not to concede a penalty for a reckless challenge on Michu in the first period.

  • Mario Mutsch
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mario Mutsch

    Was anonymous for large periods but worked hard and was central to the visitors' ploy of closing down Swansea high up the pitch. Used the ball well in possession.

  • Ivan Martic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ivan Martic

    Provided a constant attacking threat down the right but found wanting defensively, underlined by a rash tackle on Dyer which earned him a caution.

  • Matias Vitkieviez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matias Vitkieviez

    Switched wings regularly and caused problems for both full-backs but ultimately lacked the cutting edge and end product in the final third after some incisive approach play.

  • Marco Mathys
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marco Mathys

    Started very brightly as he consistently found space in the hole but missed a guilt-edge opportunity with only the keeper to beat early-on and drifted out of the game in the second half.

  • Ermir Lenjani
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ermir Lenjani

    Solid performance at the back but could have done better in the final third after some marauding forays from his left-back berth.

  • Dejan Janjatovic
    0
    0
    4.00

    Dejan Janjatovic

    The stand-out performer for the Swiss side throughout with some superb individual skill and long-range passing and very nearly unlocked the Swans defence late on.

  • Roberto Rodriguez
    0
    0
    3.50

    Roberto Rodriguez

    Made a lively start, getting in behind Tiendalli more than once, and was the visitors' best attacking option as he regularly switched flanks but became largely ineffective, resulting in his withdrawal on the hour mark. couple of mazy runs on the left, no end product, cross for penalty

  • Goran Karanovic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Goran Karanovic Flop of the Match

    An evening to forget for the big striker, who could not continue his fine goalscoring form. A couple of loose touches set the tone before he wasted a glorious opportunity from the spot with an unconvincing effort - replaced at the break.

Substitutions

  • Danilo Russo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Danilo Russo

    Made very little impact after being sent on in search of an equaliser.

  • Stephane Nater
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stephane Nater

    Could do little to affect the game in the closing stages.

  • Alhassane Keita
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alhassane Keita

    Brought on at the break and saw very little of the ball. However, wasted a glorious opportunity to claim a point after intelligent play but lifted the ball over the bar from close range.

Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In IST
 
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