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UEFA Europa League
November 28, 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 17896
Dani Parejo 20'
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME! No, they cannot get that all-important goal. Valencia pick up a 1-0 win and in turn confirm their passage to the knockout phase as group winners. Swansea needed only a point to book their place in the next round and although they should still progress, their final match at St. Gallen just became important.
90' + 3'
A lot of possession and pressure without substance in these last few minutes. Can they steal a goal in the final minute?
90' + 1'
Another injury concern for Swansea as Rangel limps off the pitch while his team-mates go on the attack again.
Four minutes of stoppage time added by the officials. Can Swansea get the goal to secure passage to the next round?
What a chance for Swansea! Pozuelo's right-wing cross drops for Alvaro at the back post and the former Getafe man brings the ball down on his chest before shooting from close-range. He beats Alves, but not Mathieu, who clears off the line.
Yellow Card Jonjo Shelvey
Swansea steal the ball in the centre and look set to stage a meaningful attack, but it ends as Shelvey catches Piatti in the face after playing a pass. He is booked and replays shows he swung an arm at the Argentine and did catch him. Shelvey lucky to only get a yellow there.
Looking to secure the win, Djukic introduces tireless midfielder Javi Fuego into the centre. He replaces the rather knackered-looking Canales.
Laudrup's men may be seeing plenty of the ball at the moment, but in the final third they are lacking some spark and creativity.
Well-worked move by Swansea as they play it down the right. Rangel cuts the ball back to Shelvey near the edge of the area, but he sees his first-time shot deflected wide.
The visitors almost prove my point as they quickly get the ball forward. Piatti takes control of possession, jinks past one tackle, skips by another and then tries to beat the last man and is dispossessed. He would have been through on goal had he made it three out of three.
Valencia are firmly camped inside their own penalty area now. Swansea need to be alert at the back however. Their last foray forward proved they are still effective when on the back foot.
Not long for Swansea to rescue something from this encounter, but they are looking increasingly dangerous.
Valencia get a few moments of respite as they spring a counterattack. It ends with Canales advancing down the right and crossing towards two unmarked team-mates, but his delivery is a little too heavy for Jonas and the chance goes begging.
Swansea are really piling on the pressure now. Pozuelo cleverly loops the ball over Guardado for Rangel, who in turn smashes a cross into the six-yard box. Valencia clear it away momentarily.
Decent chance for Rangel as he arrives late into the area and heads Hernandez's cross towards the top corner of the goal, but it goes wide of the target.
Yellow Card Parejo
The goal-scorer Parejo gets himself a yellow card this time. Pozuelo played the ball past him, but the former Real Madrid man blocked him off.
Penalty shout for Valencia! Canales played a curling shot towards goal from the edge of the area and it struck Chico, but not on the arm, according to the ref.
Another Swansea change now as former Valencia man Pablo Hernandez comes on for Dyer.
Great opportunity for Swansea! The corner finds its way to the back post and Rangel heads it back towards goal, but the visitors hack it away just in time.
Taylor gets forward down the left and finds himself in the area. He tries to cross but sees his attempt deflected behind by Ruiz.
Yellow Card Jonas
Meanwhile, Swansea win a free-kick in the centre-circle as Jonas cynically takes Britton down from behind. He was lucky not to get booked for that.
Amat was then given Ben Davies' shirt to wear, but again that was a no-go for the referee. Eventually he gets back on with the correct name and number on the jersey.
Having said that, the referee isn't allowing Amat back on the field. He got blood on his jersey but has been told he cannot wear a shirt with no name/number on.
We are back underway. Both players needed a fair amount of attention, but it appears they are both fine to continue.
Pause in play now as both Jonas and Amat seek medical attention after clashing heads when challenging for a high ball.
Yellow Card A. Guardado
Swansea play the free-kick short and although they end up knocking the ball all the way back to Chico, they do retain possession and eventually get it to Dyer on the left. He, however, runs straight into Pereira, thus losing the ball.
Yellow card for Guardado as the Mexican wing-back clatters into Rangel. Swansea now have a free-kick in a deep position in the Valencia half.
So nearly 2-0! Canales does brilliantly to shrug off De Guzman and then thread a throughball behind the defenders for Feghouli, but after being forced a little wide of centre, the Algerian slots his shot wide of the far post.
There is the second half's first shot. Guardado races towards the area and drives a left-footed shot at goal, but Tremmel deals with is comfortably.
Swansea made a change during the break, bringing Jonathan De Guzman on for Roland Lamah.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Off we go for the second half.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Álvaro
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: The referee's whistle is meeted with mass booing from the home fans following the decision to rule out that late goal and Valencia take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Big protests from Swansea! Alvaro has the ball in the back of the net as he pounces on a loose ball following an Alves save, but he is flagged offside. Replays suggest neither he or Shelvey - who had the previous shot - were offside at all. Bizarre decision.
Big blow for Swansea as Wilfried Bony is forced off the field with what appears to be a pulled hamstring. Alvaro Vazquez takes his place.
A matter of seconds later the ball drops for Parejo inside the box, but on this occasion Shelvey is there to block.
Once again it is Canales delivering into the area. He cuts inside and on to his left foot before crossing. Jonas looks set to get on the end of it, but Chico does well to come across and get in the way.
Canales centres the set-piece, but Swansea head it away. Valencia remain on the offensive, though.
Jonas is involved again, this time on the right and he wins a corner from nothing.
Miroslav Djukic's men put a nice move together and Pereira eventually picks out Jonas towards the left flank. The Brazilian advances towards goal and shoots from 25 yards, but it sails over the crossbar.
The hosts can't make much of the free-kick, however. It is fired into the centre from the right wing, but headed straight out for a throw-in.
Dyer does well on the right to shield the ball from Bernat and Guardado, and in the end he gets a free-kick for his troubles.
Swansea's attempts to break Valencia's defence down have proven futile since Parejo's goal. Their deep midfielders and centre-backs Ruiz and Mathieu are playing very well.
The match has assumed an obvious pattern since the goal. Swansea have tried to quicken the tempo of the match in search of a quick equaliser, while Valencia seem content to sit back and look to hits the hosts on the break.
Shelvey is the latest to try his luck on goal, but his effort from distance produces a simple save from Alves.
Swansea fans are less than impressed with the referee as Leon Britton holds off an over-affectionate defender and then passes straight out of play. The supporters are convinced a free-kick should have been awarded.
Their latest corner is not quite so effective as the previous and Swansea clear with ease.
Parejo looks to get his name on the score sheet for the second time as he shoots from the edge of the area, but Tremmel palms it behind for a corner.
Lamah does well initially down the left as he beats two men and then marches towards the Valencia penalty area, but Ruiz does well to get in his way and take the ball back.
Valencia will be particularly delighted to have taken the lead. That goal should force Swansea to come out of their shell, thus giving the visitors ample opportunities to catch them on the counterattack.
Swansea are looking for an instant reply and Bony felt he should have been given a free-kick in a dangerous area as he was caught by Ruiz, but the referee waves play on.
GOAL!!! More questionable goalkeeping, but this time from Swansea's Tremmel! The Spaniards delivered a corner and Tremmel punched out to the edge of the area. It was volleyed back into the danger zone and deflected into the path of Parejo, who knocked the ball into the goal.
With less than 20 minutes played, Swansea already seem to have picked out a potential weakness in Valencia; their dealing of crosses.
Alves fails to impress again! This time it is from Taylor's left-wing cross as he is effectively beaten in the air by Dyer, one of the match's smallest players. Luckily for the Brazilian goalkeeper, Dyer's headed effort bobbles wide of the target.
The La Liga side are knocking the ball around well in attack and Romeu eventually swings a lofted pass out to the left for Guardado. The Mexican tries to beat Dyer, who covers well and prevents a cross.
Pozuelo delivers the resulting corner and after Diego Alves deals with is very poorly, Bony is afforded a free header. His attempt, however, goes narrowly wide of a fairly open goal.
The livewire Pozuelo looks to attack Valencia this time. The Spaniard skips away from a challenge just inside the visitors' half, plays a one-two with Bony and fires from long range, but his effort deflects behind for a corner.
Good play by Pereira as he surges forward from the right-back position. He plays the ball inside for Feghouli and continues his run into the penalty area. His Algerian team-mate cannot find the return pass, however.
It is clear that these two sides will be doing all they can to pass their opponents into submission. Lovely free-flowing football thus far.
Yellow Card Ángel Rangel
There is the match's first yellow card as Angel Rangel goes into the referee's little black book for a late tackle.
Valencia are enjoying more of the ball currently, but Swansea are pressing quite high and with intensity.
Valencia make ground down the right flank and Feghouli plays the ball in towards Jonas in the area, but his low delivery is easily intercepted by Amat.
It has been an open start to proceedings with both sides looking to string plenty of passes together.
Swansea start the action at the Liberty Stadium.
The players are now out on the pitch. Kick-off is just a few moments away!
However, with Valencia just a point ahead of Swansea, the Welsh club will be hopeful of picking up a win in order to give themselves the best possible chance of finishing top and avoiding the tougher teams in the competition, as well as those who will drop down from the Champions League.
This match sees first (Valencia) face second at the Liberty Stadium, but after Kuban Krasnodar's win over St. Gallen, Swansea know they only need a point to progress through to the knockout phase.
Valencia's side for the match is: Alves; Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado; Romeu, Parejo; Feghouli, Canales, Bernat; Jonas. SUBS: Jaume, Michel, Costa, Alcacer, Piatti, Javi Fuego, Postiga
The Swansea team is: Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Amat, Taylor; Britton, Shelvey; Pozuelo, Dyer, Lamah; Bony. SUBS: Vorm, Williams, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Hernandez, Vazquez.
Hello and welcome to the live text commentary for the Europa League groupstage meeting between Swansea City and Valencia. My name is Ryan Benson and I will be describing the action for you.
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