Swansea in Europa League Last 32 despite defeat

Published: Dec 14, 2013, 04:36 IST | AFP |

Swansea City are through to the Last 32 of the Europa League despite producing a lacklustre performance in losing 0-1 to St Gallen in Switzerland on Thursday.

The Welsh side knew that a point 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.

Lewis Holtby celebrates after scoring against Anzhi Makhachkala
Lewis Holtby celebrates after scoring against Anzhi Makhachkala. Pic/AFP.

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.

Spurs thrash Anzhi
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur, who had already qualified before hosting Anzhi Makhachkala at White Hart Lane, made it six wins from six in Group K by beating the Russians 4-1. Roberto Soldado scored a hat-trick, including one penalty, while Lewis Holtby also netted.

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