Swansea tops St Gallen in Europa League

The Sports NetworkOctober 3, 2013 

Swansea, Wales (SportsNetwork.com) - Swansea City made it two wins from two Europa League fixtures on Thursday after claiming a 1-0 victory over Swiss side St Gallen in Group A play at the Liberty Stadium.

After a comfortable 3-0 win over Valencia in their maiden European voyage on Sept. 19, the Swans came out motivated in front of their home fans on Thursday and dominated play for the first 10-plus minutes.

But things took a turn in favor of the visitors in the 15th minute when a cross in the box was inadvertently handled by Swans defender Dwight Tiendalli, resulting in a penalty kick.

Goran Karanovic stepped up for St Gallen, but telegraphed his strike which was easily stopped by Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and the clubs went into the break on level terms.

Swansea turned up the pressure at the outset of the second half and got their reward in the 52nd minute of play when Wilfried Bony ran onto a through ball on the right side of the box. His strike was stopped by St Gallen goalkeeper Daniel Lopar, but Wayne Routledge was there at the back post to bang home the rebound.

The visitors created a few more quality chances, but the Swans backline held firm to collect the three points and maintain their spot atop the Group A standings through two matches. St Gallen, meanwhile, remains in second place in the group.

Elsewhere in Group A on Thursday, Paco Alcacer and Sofiane Feghouli scored as Valencia collected a 2-0 result over Russian side Kuban Krasnador to rise to third place in the group standings.

In Group B on Thursday, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven rolled to a 2-0 win over Chornomorets, while Ludogrets eased by Dinamo Zagreb by a 3-0 count.

Group C action saw Elfsborg and Standard Liege battle to a 1-1 stalemate, while Red Bull Salzburg earned a 2-1 result over Esbjerg.

Russian club Rubin Kazan completed a 4-0 rout of Zulte-Wargem in Group D, while English Championship side Wigan Athletic topped Maribor, 3-1, at the DW Stadium in the club's first European encounter.

Gonzalo Rodrguez and Massimo Ambrosini led Serie A's Fiorentina to a 2-1 victory over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Group E, while Portugal's Pacos de Ferreira battled Prandurii to a 1-1 draw.

German side Eintracht Frankfurt cruised to a 3-0 win over APOEL in Group F and Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv pulled out a 2-1 result against Bordeaux.

Julien Gorius and Jelle Vossen scored second-half goals as Belgian club Genk topped FC Thun by a 2-1 score in Group G, while Rapid Vienna and Dynamo Kiev played to a 2-2 draw.

In Group H, Liberec snuck past Estoril, 2-1, while La Liga outfit Sevilla scored twice in the second half to beat Freiburg by a 2-0 count.

Lyon and Guimaraes played to a 1-1 draw in Group I, as did Rijeka and Real Betis. Group J's action saw Apollon Limassol earn a 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw, while Turkish side Trabzonspor and Serie A club Lazio battled to a wild 3-3 draw.

Tottenham earned a 2-0 win over Anzhi in Group K, while Tromso and Sheriff Tiraspol finished level at 1-1. In Group L, Shakhtar Karagandy and Maccabi Haifa finished even at 2-2, while AZ Alkmaar and PAOK ended 1-1.

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