FT: Swansea 0 Valencia 1

Swansea missed the opportunity to clinch their place in the last 32 of the Europa League after suffering their first defeat in Group A. Valencia's win guarantees them top spot while Swansea will need a point at St gallen to make sure of second spot. They had a goal from Alvaro Vazquez wrongly chalked off for offside but injuries to Wilfried Bony and Angel Rangel have made it an even more costly evening.

We will have a minimum of four minutes of added time.

More potential wories for Swansea with Rangel needing treatment and he then limps off with the Swans now down to 10 men having used all three subs .

Good work by Taylor earns Swansea a corner but De Guzman's kick is poor and goes out at the far post for a goalkick.

The nearest Swansea have come to scoring but Mathieu was in the right place to clear with his keeper beaten.

Shelvey picks out Vazquez in the box and he takes it down on his chest but his shot is cleared off the line.

Bernat gets free down the left and flashes over a cross that is just missed by the on-rushing Postiga.

Shelvey is booked for a foul on Piatti.

The visitors work their way to the edge of the Swansea box but are then content to play it back.

Valencia's final change sees Javi Fuego on for Canales.

However, they have not seen much of the ball in the last couple of minutes as the Spanish side play it around in their own half.

Swansea know a goal now would book their place in the last 32.

The hosts are still closing down well but Valencia look very comfortable in possession.

Great move by the Swans sees Rangel set up Shelvey on the edge of the box but his effort is blocked.

Swansea are enjoying plenty of possession in the closing stages but they are missing the guile of Michu and Bony.

The visitors make another change with Helder Postiga on for Jonas.

The resulting corner is cleared and suddenly have a three-on-one situation, but Jonas pass across the box goes behind both of his supporting team-mates.

Keeper Alves awkwardly deals with a looping cross from Britton as Swansea apply the pressure.

De Guzman's shot from the edge of the box is parried by the keeper who recovers quickly to save from Hernandez for a corner.

Rangel's mis-hit shot flies across the box and no white shirt is able to get a touch.

Hernandez gets in a cross and Rangel meets it at the far post but is unable to get his header on target.

Parejo is booked for a foul on Rangel.

Not too much action in the final third of the field in this second half as we approach the last 20 minutes - can Swansea produce a grandsfand finish?

A Valencia change sees Feghouli replaced by Pablo Piatti.

Shelvey turns on the edge of the box and gets in a shot but he is penalised for offside.

Swansea's final change sees Dyer replaced by former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez.

Dyer is penalised for a foul and Valencia have a free kick 40 yards out. Canales goes for goal with a low shot that bobbles well wide.

De Guzman takes it deep and Rangel rises highest to knock it back into the six-yard box but Mathieu is first to react and hacks it clear.

Taylor takes a reverse pass from Shelvey but his cross is blocked for a corner and half-hearted appeals for a penalty are waved away.

Taylor plays the ball forward for the run of Dyer but he loses his footing as he tries to bring it down.

Jonas booked for chopping down Taylor.

Finally he does come back on ... what a farce!!

Sorry to labour this but he comes back on wearing the shirt of Ben Davies and then that is not allowed either.

Amat is not allowed on as he is not wearing the correct shirt!! I've seen it all now ...

Both still look a little shaky but Jonas is back on and now so is Amat after first having to change his blood-stained shirt.

Jonas is first back to his feet and Amat soon joins him so it looks as though both will continue.

Both trainers are on the scene and a stretcher is also being brought out - hopefully we won't need that.

A hold up play as Amat and Jonas go down after a clash of heads as they contest a high ball.

It's starting to get a little feisty out there and hopefully that wil help to deliver us a good second half.

Guardado is booked for a foul on Rangel.

Shelvey does wel to win the ball and tries to set Dyer free but the ball is cleared.

A huge let off for Swansea and only time will tell how crucial it will be.

Feghouli latches onto a superb through ball from Canales and rounds the advancing keeper, but slides the ball wide of the far post with the goal at his mercy.

Tackles fly in around the centre circle and the visitors win it before Andres Guardado tries his luck from 25 yards but Tremmel saves.

Rangel whips is a dangerous cross but once more it is a Valencia head on hand to get it clear.

Swansea make a tactical change with Jonathan de Guzman on for Lamah as Valencia get the second period under way.

We will have a minmum of one minute added time and replays clearly show that Swansea have been hard done by with that offside decision.

Swansea protest and Vazquez is booked for dissent.

Shelvey meets a great cross from Rangel on the volley eight-yards out and the keeper makes a great reflex save but substitute Vazquez is on hand to touch in the rebound ... however, the flag is up for offside.

Shelvey tries to find Dyer but again Valencia manage to get in a block to deny him.

I imagine Swansea will be delighted to hear the half-time whistle so they can regroup and work out a way to exert more pressure on a well-drilled Valencia backline.

The change is made with Alvaro Vazquez on for Bony.

Early signs suggest he is going to have to come off as he is helped off the field.

Bad news for Swansea as Bony pulls up with what looks like a hamstring strain.

But Chico is strongest and heads clear before getting in a vital block to stop a shot from Jonas.

Valencia force another corner and neither side has been particularly impressive at defending them so far.

The Swans will have to be better than that as a two-goal deficit would be a considerable mountain to climb.

Another warning for Swansea as space opens up for Jonas 25 yards out and his fierce drive is just over with Tremmel struggling.

Shelvey delivers the set piece into a crowded box but the Spanish side scramble it clear.

Dyer then does win a free-kick which is greeted by ironic cheers.

Dyer tries to break clear down the right but the huge figure of Mathieu gets across t make the challenge and evens wins the throw.

There's not much between these two sides who the hosts will still be confident they can get something from the game.

Canales goes down holding his leg after a challenge by Taylor, but instantly jumps up when play goes on and he recovers to accept the pass to boos from the home fans.

Good spell of pressure for Swansea raises the nopise form the home fans as Britton and Taylor just fail to pull off an audacious one-two.

Shelvey tries to pick out the run of Bony in the box with a diagonal pass, but the keeper is alert and gathers.

Swansea are looking to ge the ball out wide whenver possible, especially down the left but the Spanish side are defending resolutely.

Tremmel partially makes up for his earlier mistake with a fine one-handed ave to keep out a low shot from the impressive Parejo.

Perejo looks to get to the by-line but Taylor does well to block. Swans on the backfoot here.

This result would mean that Valencia would be guranteed top spot in Group A and who wold have thought that after the Swans won 3-0 in Spain at the start of the campaign.

Swansea win it back and Bony tees up Shelvey but his effort as he leans back is way too high from 18 yards.

Bony looks to have been brought down on the edge of the area but the referee waves play on.

Not good defending by the Swans but plenty of time left to turn this game around and seal their place in the last 32.

Tremmel punched the corner clear but it fel to the edge of the box where a shot was blocked but went straight to former QPR loanee Parejo who rolled the ball in from 12 yards.

GOAL Daniel Parejo gives Valencia the lead.

Taylor is forced to concede a throw by his own corner flag and the big men go forward.

It doesn't look as though these sides are playing for a draw which wouldn't be a bad result for either.

Taylor gets in a decent cross that the keeper again flaps at and it's 5ft 5ins Dyer of al people who leaps highest but heads wide.

Valencia knock the ball around with confidence and work a shooting chance for Sergio Canales, but his effort from 20 yards lacks power and it's an easy save for Gerhard Tremmel.

Best chance of the match so far ... woeful punch by keeper Alves and Bony should have at least hit the target.

Swansea force a corner which the keeper punches clear but it goes to Bony who can oly head it wide from 10 yards.

Shelvey speards the ball wide to the overlapping Rangel, but he loses the ball with plenty of white shirts in the box waiting for a cross.

Jeremy Mathieu uses his strength to shepherd the ball out for a goalkick as Pozuelo tries to get in a cross.

Both teams have yet to settle but that was a promising move by the Swans.

Shelvey finds Roland Lamah down the left and his cross is met by Bony at the near post but he heads wide.

Feghouli tries to find right-back Joao Pereira who had advanced into the box but the pass is too strong.

Valencia enjoy some possession and knock it about in and around the centre circle, but a wayward pass almost lets in Dyer until Victor Ruiz gets in a tackle.

Swansea's Angel Rangel is booked for deliberate handball.

Nathan Dyer jinks his way into the box but his cross is blcoked, as is Shelvey's follow up.

Shelvey plays a reverse ball looking for the run of Bony, but Valencia win it back. They go downfield through Sofiane Feghouli who gets in a low cross but Chico is on hand to clear.

Valencia keeper Diego Alves gets an early touch from a Jeremy Mathieu backpass. Swansea win it back but Alejandro Pozuelo is caught offside.

Swansea get us under way in their all-white strip with black trim, while Valencia are in an all-orange kit tonight.

"Tonight is arguably the biggest home game the Swans have ever played in Europe - even bigger than the Paris St Germain or Panathinaikos matches back in the 80s and early 90s when we were in the lower leagues. Chance for underperformers Bony, Amat and Shelvey to state their case for Premier League starting places. I think they are all coming good at once. Leon Britton is just a recent British football phenomenon and deserves to take to the pitch in such a proud night for this small but well respected Welsh club. They deserve a chance to play the biggest clubs in Europe. This is what the club has fought through the dark years if the last 20 years to see happen," says Dai Howells of Gower.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup makes five changes from the weekend win at Fulham. Jonjo Shelvey, Gerhard Tremmel, Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor and Leon Britton, who is named captain for the night, all start. The visitors, who enter the game top of Group A, include on-loan Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu in their starting line-up, while ex-Tottenham forward Helder Postiga is on the bench with Ever Banega out injured.

The teams are in nice and early! Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Amat, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Shelvey, Lamah, Pozuelo, Bony. Subs: Vorm, Williams, Hernandez, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Vazquez. Valencia: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado, Feghouli, Parejo, Romeu, Bernat, Jonas, Canales. Subs: Jaume, Piatti, Postiga, Javi Fuego, Alcacer, Ricardo Costa, Michel. Referee: Luca Banti (Italy).

Latest news is that Kuban Krasnodar have beaten St Gallen 4-0 in Group A's other match tonight which has virtually put Swansea through and a point will guarantee them a place in the last 32.

Swansea are 13/10 with our colleagues at Sky Bet to win tonight's match, with Valencia 9/4 and the draw available at 23/10. A repeat of that famous 3-0 success in the Mestalla is a 25/1 chance with Wilfried Bony leading the first goalscorer market at 9/2 with Jonjo Shelvey at 10s.

Good evening and welcome to the Liberty Stadium for tonight's Europa League Group A clash between Swansea City and Spanish giants Valencia. Michael Laudrup's side looked in control of the group when they impressively won 3-0 in Spain back in September, but two draws against bottom side Kuban have seen them overhauled by Valencia who have won three on the spin. Team news to follow and, as always, we welcome your views so send them to simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.

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