Swansea City through to knock-out stages despite defeat

Swansea City have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, despite losing 1-0 away at St Gallen last night. Michael Laudrup's side progress courtesy of Kuban Krasnodar's draw in Valencia.

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Laudrup: "we gave too much away" in St Gallen defeat

Swansea City Manager Michael Laudrup says his side "gave too much away" in their 1-0 defeat away to St Gallen, but that it was "important to qualify" for the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

"In the second we really gave away three or four chances," he said.

"They had a disallowed goal before the goal and I think the second half we gave too much away.

"Our team is quite an inexperienced (team) if you're talking internationally.

"I think that some of the players knew it was the last game today and you know (in) the last game (of the group stage) you can't recover from this - you're in or you're out and I think maybe there was a little nervousness at some stage."

Swansea City through to Europa League knock-out stage despite loss

Swansea City through to knock-out stages of Europa League Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Swansea City qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League despite losing to St Gallen in Switzerland tonight.

Marco Mathys's late winner 10 minutes from time was enough to secure a 1-0 win for the home side.

In truth Swansea City were lucky to only concede the one goal on a night when they were well beaten.

Russian side Kuban Krasnodar could only manage a draw with group winners Valencia in Spain meaning the Swans progress to the knock-out stages as group runners up.


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Laudrup: Disruption 'no excuse' ahead of St Gallen clash

Laudrup says Swansea have to "finish the job" Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Michael Laudrup says Swansea City's disrupted journey to Switzerland for their final Europa League Group A fixture with St Gallen will be no excuse if they fail to secure a place in the knockout stages.

A technical fault then prevented the squad from taking off until 5pm UK time. They eventually landed in Zurich at 8pm local time before going on to St Gallen by coach.

It meant Swansea were unable to train at St Gallen's AFG Arena ahead of Thursday's fixture.

"Of course, it's not ideal but let's not make it more dramatic than it is," he said.

"The game is at 7pm so there will be a whole day to prepare for it."

"It's the last game in the group stage and we have to finish the job to move on to the next stage where we want to play in a couple of months' time in the last 32. We have to do the job."


Swansea City Europa League plans hit by flight delays

Swansea City's crucial Europa league clash with St Gallen tomorrow night has been thrown into disarray after technical problems and fog delayed their flight to Switzerland.

The problems mean Swansea will now miss their final training session before tomorrow night's game.

Fog initially grounded the chartered flight, before technical problems then compounded the problem well into the afternoon.

Latest estimates suggest that the squad, minus manager Michel Laudrup who travelled independently from Paris, will not leave Cardiff until at least 1600 GMT.

Swansea need just a point from the final game of the group stages to move through to the knockout stages, or can qualify in the group's other game between Kuban Krasnodar and Valencia ends in anything other than a Kuban win.

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