Swansea City 4 Malmo 0 match report: Wilfried Bony quick to find his range in Europa League qualifier
The new signing already looks an astute purchase
Friday 02 August 2013
Michael Laudrup looks to have discovered the perfect support act for striker Michu as Swansea took a positive first step in Europa League qualifying by beating the Swedish side Malmo 4-0 at home.
Last season Michu scored 22 goals and he continued where he left off with Swansea's first of this season. And the Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony, a £12m signing from Vitesse Arnhem, also struck twice.
Malmo are halfway through their domestic season and scored seven against Hibernian at Easter Road last week but they came to stifle Swansea in this first leg and succeeded for half an hour. However, an unfortunate slip let in Michu, who gave Swansea the lead at the interval.
The home side then opened up a greater advantage during five bizarre second-half minutes. Malmo had a strong penalty claim waved away shortly before new signing Jonjo Shelvey combined with Ben Davies and the scintillating Wayne Routledge for Bony to leap highest and head home.
Bony followed up after Michu had glided on to Angel Rangel's clever pass only to hit the post. The Ivorian turned provider for substitute Alejandro Pozuelo to make it four.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in club shops - yet
Nathaniel Clyne joins Liverpool: Transfer news live - Arda Turan decision, Petr Cech reaction, Sergio Ramos to Manchester United
Christian Benteke to Liverpool: Aston Villa striker ready to reject Tottenham
Nigel Pearson: Leicester City sack manager despite Premier League survival
Arda Turan announcement expected on Friday: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United possible destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS