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UEFA Europa League
September 19, 2013
• Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
Referee: S. Gumienny
• Attendance: 32305
W. Bony 14'
J. de Guzmán 62'
Thank you for joining me tonight. I hope you've enjoyed the coverage and the match. Until next time!
90' + 2'
FULL-TIME! And there is the whistle! Swansea have done it! They pick up a deserved 3-0 win at Mestalla against Valencia thanks to goals from Bony, Michu and De Guzman. They will be confident of topping Group A after that performance.
Two points of stoppage time awarded.
Play has been restricted to the midfield mainly in the last 10 minutes. Jonjo Shelvey attempted a cheeky chip from long range, but Guaita caught with ease.
Not long to go now before Swansea can claim a debut Europa League win. They have never looked like losing this since Rami's sending off.
Bernat does well down the left as he produces a stepover and low cross, but Vorm collects after a deflection off Chico.
Barragan crosses from deep and Postiga meets it with a header, but history repeats itself as he nods wide.
Swansea look home and dry now. They appear to have taken their foot off the gas for now as Valencia attempt to throw players forward in a late effort to get a consolation.
Yellow CardEver Banega
Cheap foul conceded by Banega on the edge of the Valencia area.
Valencia find themselves on the attack, a rare phenomenon in this game. Chico makes an important block on the edge of the area and then Postiga fires well over from a difficult position on the left.
Lovely play by Swansea and Pozuelo, Bony and Michu as they link up outside the area. Eventually the Ivorian gets the ball stuck under his feet in the area and Valencia clear. They certainly seem intent on scoring a few more if they can.
Risky defending by Barragan. Bony is played into the area and the former Liverpool man gives him a nudge in the back, sending him tumbling in the area. Luckily for Valencia, the referee refused to give the penalty.
The corner goes in but Swansea clear with ease.
A rare attack down the left by Guardado and defenders sit off him allowing a shot at goal, which Vorm tips over the bar. Corner!
This is all Swansea at the moment, as I'm sure you can tell by the score. Every time they attack they look like scoring, whereas Valencia have hardly had any possession in Swansea's half.
Another change for Swansea. Dyer goes off, thus giving Guardado a bit of a rest and Lamah comes on.
GoalJonathan De Guzmán
GOAL!!!! And what a goal it was!! Swansea lead 3-0 at Mestalla! Banega concedes a cheap free kick 30 yards from goal and De Guzman steps up before hitting a controlled shot into the top far corner. Truly amazing finish!
Valencia respond by taking the ineffectual Feghouli off for Dorlan Pabon.
GOAL!!! Swansea double their lead at Mestalla! Valencia had improved slightly in the last few minutes, but their hard work has been undone. Pozuelo calmly slowed play and threaded a brilliant throughball into the area and Michu blasted a right-footed shot past Guaita.
Swansea will now make their first substitution of the match. Angel Rangel goes off for Welshman Ben Davies.
Big miss by Michu! Valencia fail to clear Swansea's corner properly and it is headed back into the danger area. Bony misses it initially but Michu swings a foot at it and puts a shot over from 10 yards out.
De Guzman gets into the area and cross from the byline, but it is deflected behind. Corner for Swansea.
Great chance for Swansea! Dyer does brilliantly again down the right as he beats Guardado and chips a cross in, but Bony heads just wide.
Bizarre happenings at Mestalla. The most vocal Valencia supports have not come out after half-time leaving the entire lower tier of one stand completely empty.
Good start to the half for Swansea. Bony surges forward again and his shot is blocked into the path of Pozuelo, who fires an effort through to Guaita.
We are back underway for the second half.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME! The referee puts Valencia out of their misery for now. Swansea take a deserved lead into the break, but can they hold on? The first-half performance would suggest they can. What do you think? Tweet me @RyanRyanBenson.
45' + 1'
Yellow CardJavi Fuego
45' + 1'
Tiendalli receives a long ball and Fuego clatters him before he can bring it under control and earns a yellow card.
Good play by De Guzman as he drifts out to the right and crosses. Michu, who has been quiet until now, rises highest and gets his head to the ball, but his effort goes well wide.
Pozuelo comes in from the left and flicks the ball back to Bony who shoots first time. Valencia block the effort and Mathieu boots the ball away before Swansea's record signing can get on the end of it.
Valencia cannot handle Bony! He first rolls Costa and then charges at the nervous-looking Mathieu like a raging bull. He skips to the right and shoots, but it goes wide.
The Swans' free kick was located about 40 yards from goal and they opted not to deliver it into the area. As they play it short they soon lose possession.
Late tackle from Canales as he brings down Jonathan De Guzman. He escapes a yellow card, but the referee awards a free kick to Swansea.
Valencia thought they had a great chance as Postiga got on the end of Mathieu's cross from deep, but the Portuguese forward was offside. He missed the target with his header anyway.
Valencia are seeing a little more possession currently, but they are not threatening Swansea at all. Michael Laudrup's side look very comfortable all over the pitch.
Swansea relieve pressure as Chico hacks the ball up towards Bony. He tries to bring the ball down, but Costa fouls him as the forward attempts to spin away.
Bony is back up and running, and he almost gets himself a shot on goal. Dyer does well to beat Guardado on the right before crossing and Bony tries the accrobatic volley, which goes well wide. Michu, who is just behind him, is not impressed.
The goal-scorer is down at the moment seeking medical attention. He appears to have received a swift knee to the... Private area. Uncompromising defending by Costa.
This is going to be a long night for Valencia! Do you think they can salvage something from this after a disastrous opening 24 minutes? Tweet me @RyanRyanBenson.
Another mistake at the back by Valencia as Costa loses out to Bony. The Ivorian feeds Dyer into the area to his right, but he flashes a shot just wide of the far post.
Djukic's side can hardly touch the ball at the moment. Swansea are dominating this and playing some lovely, confident football.
Valencia win themselves a free kick on the right flank, but Swansea hold firm at the back and eventually get it away after Mathieu's cross is dealt with.
Young Argentine Fede Cartabia has been sacrificed due to the red card as Ricardo Costa comes on for him.
Yellow CardÁngel Rangel
Federico Nicolás Cartabia
GOAL!!! Swansea take the lead in Spain! Michu does well down the left and he pulls the ball back towards the edge of the area and Bony hammers a left-footed strike into the roof of the net. Brilliant strike.
The resulting free kick comes to little as the initial efforts hit the wall and then Bony's shot from the edge of the area hits Michu before going wide.
Red CardAdil Rami
Red card for Valencia!! Djukic's side are in serious trouble now! Bony capitalised on a mistake by Ever Banega in the hosts' defence and burst past Adil Rami, heading for goal. The Frenchman was completely beaten and decided to haul the forward down 35 yards from goal and the referee gave him a straight red card.
Canales involved again as he comes inside from the left this time. Swansea sit off him and the Spaniard shoots low from 25 yards, but Michel Vorm gets down to make the stop.
Determined play from Sergio Canales down the left. He holds off Chico Flores and probably should get a free kick, but he surges on and crosses low from the byline, but Sofiane Feghouli can't quite reach it. Better from the hosts.
Wilfried Bony meets the corner with his head, but Guaita makes an easy save.
Nathan Dyer gets forward down the right but plays for the corner and gets what he was looking for.
Swansea are seeing plenty of the ball in these opening stages, a fact Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic won't be impressed by.
Encouraging start for the Premier League side. They combine several intricate passes in the midfield before Dwight Tiendalli collected possession on the left. He attempts a cross but scuffs it into Guaita's arms.
Swansea get the match started in their Europa League debut.
Interestingly Swansea come into this match with more Spanish players in the starting XI than Valencia. The La Liga side have four, while Laudrup has picked six.
Just under ten minutes until kick-off at Mestalla. How do you think the match will turn out? Can Swansea pick up vital away points, or will the hosts put their league form behind them and rally? Tweet me your thoughts on Twitter @RyanRyanBenson.
And Swansea's line-up looks like this: Vorm; Rangel, Chico Flores, Amat, Tiendalli; de Guzman, Canas; Pozuelo, Michu, Dyer; Bony. SUBS: Tremmel, Monk, Davies, Shelvey, Routledge, Lamah, Vazquez
The Valencia team for the match is: Guaita; Barragán, Rami, Mathieu, Guardado; Fuego, Banega; Feghouli, Canales, Fede; Postiga. SUBS: Alves, Jonas, Pabon, Bernat, Alcacer, Costa, Parejo.
Good evening and welcome to this live text commentary for the Europa League Group A tie between Valencia and Swansea City. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be taking you through the action.
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