Swansea two for two in Europa

Swansea City made it two wins out of two in Europa League Group A after Wayne Routledge’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 home success over St. Gallen.

In a tetchy encounter at the Liberty Stadium, Michael Laudrup’s side followed up an impressive victory in Valencia a fortnight ago with a battling performance in front of their own fans.

Swansea could have been 2-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes, but Gerhard Tremmel saved Goran Karanovic’s poor penalty after Dwight Tiendalli handled a cross and then Marco Mathys rolled a shot wide after nipping in behind the defence.

However, Swansea upped the tempo as Jordi Amat’s glancing header came back off the post and Michu had two viable penalty appeals dismissed, the second of which left the Spanish attacker with a head wound.

Last season’s Capital One Cup winners made the breakthrough seven minutes into the second half when Daniel Lopar was unable to stop Wilfried Bony’s shot and Routledge nudged the ball over the line.

St. Gallen continued to offer a threat and Stephane Nater’s low 35-yard shot struck the post nine minutes from time, but Swansea held on to take control of the group.