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Swansea City pegged back in Europa League

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Disappoint for the Swans (©GettyImages)
Disappoint for the Swans (©GettyImages).

Swansea City conceded a last-minute Djibril Cisse penalty as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Kuban Krasnador in the Europa League.

Michu gave the Swans the lead on 68 minutes, before Cisse snatched a point for the Russians in the final minute of injury time after Gerhard Tremmel brought down Ibrahima Balde in the area.

Michael Laudrup made six changes to the Swans side that thumped Sunderland 4-0 last Saturday.

One of them - Jonjo Shelvey had the best chance of the first half.

Some crisp link-up play between Wilfried Bony and Michu set up the former Liverpool man, who dragged his left-footed effort wide of the post.

Kuban came into the clash propping up the Group A table without a solitary point, whilst on a barren run that had seen them win just one of their last nine games.

Nevertheless, they provided a dangerous attacking threat throughout the half with Cisse leading the line.

The former Premier League star was only denied an easy tap-in by some great last-ditch defending from Chico Flores.

Swansea eventually broke the deadlock at the Liberty Stadium on 68 minutes and it was their talisman that provided it.

Some trademark possession play led to Michu linking up with substitute Alvaro Vazquez, whose looped through ball saw the recently-capped Spanish striker get there ahead of the 'keeper - poking the ball home.

Laudrup’s men looked set for nine points from nine, before an unnecessary rash challenge from Tremmel in the final seconds allowed Cisse to earn his side a pleasing draw.

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