Swansea Advance Despite Europa Loss

Swansea City are through to the last 32 of the Europa League despite producing a lacklustre performance in losing 1-0 to St Gallen in Switzerland on Thursday, bbcsports reports.
The Welsh side knew that a point in north-eastern Switzerland would secure their qualification for the knockout stages from Group A but instead a second-half Marco Mathys goal allowed the already-eliminated hosts to bow out on a high.
Nevertheless, the defeat did not prevent the Swans from advancing as Kuban Krasnodar failed to get the victory they required away to Valencia in Spain to stand a chance of grabbing second place.
Paraguayan Lorenzo Melgarejo scored to earn the Russians a 1-1 draw after young forward Paco Alcacer put group winners Valencia ahead at the Mestalla, but Kuban bowed out.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will be relieved at seeing his men go through to Monday’s draw for the first knockout round after they failed to build on a promising start in Group A.
Meanwhile, last season’s FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic were eliminated from Group D, eventually finishing bottom of the section after a 2-1 defeat away to Slovenian champions Maribor.

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