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October 3, 2013 8:05 PM BST
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes‎
Attendance:‬ 15397‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Chico
Chico
Swansea
Michu
Michu
Swansea
Flop of the Match
Goran Karanovic
Goran Karanovic
Sankt Gallen
Goran Karanovic
Goran Karanovic
Sankt Gallen

Swansea 1-0 St Gallen: Routledge & Tremmel keep Swans on track

The German goalkeeper saved a weak penalty in the first half before the winger struck soon after the break to continue a fine start to the Europa League for Michael Laudrup's men

Michu and Wayne Routledge of Wayne Routledge during the UEFA Europa League match between Swansea City v FC St Gallen 10032013
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Swansea City went three points clear Group A with a 1-0 win against Swiss side St Gallen in the Europa League on Thursday.

The sides had gone in level at the break at the Liberty Stadium after Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel saved Goran Karanovic's penalty following a Dwight Tiendalli handball.

However, Wayne Routledge's close-range finish after 52 minutes was enough to give Michael Laudrup's men back-to-back wins in Europe.

Swansea made four changes from their opening win over Valencia, with captain Leon Britton and winger Routledge among those to make the starting XI. The Swiss were unchanged from their last Europa League outing, a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar.

MATCH VIEW
By Tim Poole
Two games have yielded two wins for Swansea City in the Europa League but St Gallen did not prove light opponents for Michael Laudrup's men on Thursday night.

The Swans prevailed thanks to a second-half winner from Wayne Routledge and a first-half penalty save from Gerhard Tremmel, though their Swiss opponents offered plenty of food for thought during a well-contested encounter.

In the end, Laudrup and his side will be delighted with the result and grateful to Alejandro Pozuelo and Wilfried Bony, who teed up Routledge for the winner, as well as goalkeeper Tremmel for a vital stop from the spot.
The first chance of the game fell to the home side, with Michu striking a powerful effort straight at Daniel Lopar after three minutes.

The visitors spurned a golden opportunity to move ahead when Karanovic missed a penalty after 15 minutes. Roberto Rodriguez's cross struck the arm of Tiendalli but the spot kick was easily saved by Tremmel after a staggered run-up.

Marco Mathys went close shortly after as the visitors gradually grew into the game, rolling an effort past the onrushing goalkeeper and marginally wide of the far post.

Swansea came close to taking the lead when Lopar pushed a Jordi Amat header onto the post after 23 minutes following a teasing delivery from Ben Davies - however, nobody was free to poke the loose ball home.

Mathys again tested Tremmell just after the half-hour mark, with the German fumbling his fierce long-range effort, before Wilfried Bony had the last chance of the half. After linking well with Michu, the Ivorian fired just wide of Lopar's left-hand post.

The home side eventually took the lead when Bony's effort from the right was parried away by Lopar into the path of Routledge. The winger latched on to the loose ball and poked in from close range to edge the home side in front seven minutes into the second half.

Substitute Alhassane Keita almost provided a swift reply after but he put the ball over the bar after expertly controlling a long ball from Lopar.

Nathan Dyer would have made it two but for a Lopar save 12 minutes from time before Stephane Nater struck Tremmel's left-hand post for the visitors.

However, the home side saw out the tie to move top of their group, with Laudrup's charges yet to concede a goal in Europe this season.


Swansea

25
Gerhard Tremmel
Goalkeeper
15′
4.00
2
Jordi Amat
Defender
3.00
4
Chico
Defender
4.00
21
3.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
77′
3.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
3.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
3.50
15
Wayne Routledge
Midfielder
52′ 62′
3.00
20
3.50
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
83′
3.50
10
Wilfried Bony
Striker
70′
3.00

Sankt Gallen

3.50
1
Daniel Lopar
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
3.00
-
3.00
-
Mario Mutsch
Midfielder
3.00
21
Ivan Martic
Midfielder
78′
3.00
-
3.00
-
Marco Mathys
Midfielder
3.00
28
Ermir Lenjani
Midfielder
4.00
-
3.50
-
2.50
-

Substitutes

1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
 - 
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
83′
3.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
62′ 78′
3.50
21
 - 
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
 - 
26
Álvaro
Striker
70′
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
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Marcel Herzog
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Muhamed Demiri
Midfielder
3.00
-
 - 
7
Nushi Kristian
Midfielder
3.00
-
Stephane Nater
Midfielder
62′
 - 
10
3.00
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
Group A Matchday 2
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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