Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa: Sigurdsson free-kick sends Swans through at Liberty

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Swansea City has won back-to-back games for the first time at August as Gylfi Sigurdsson bagged a free kick from close range inside 15 minutes, and Lukas Fabianski saved things late.

The lone goal was all the hosts needed as the Swans held serve at their home stadium yet again this season, as the Liberty Stadium has suddenly turned into one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League.

Rain poured down in buckets at the Liberty Stadium at the opening whistle, and in the wet conditions, defenders struggled to stay with their men. The first chance fell to Swansea, and they capitalized in front of their home fans. Jores Okore chopped down Jefferson Montero in front of the box, and back from injury, Gylfi Sigurddson delivered another beautiful free kick, slotting his 50th Premier League goal into the back of the Villa net to go up 1-0.

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Villa held more of the ball throughout the opening period, but it was Swansea who again threatened as Villa defenders were all out of sorts in their own half as the clock ticked towards 20 minutes gone, but the home side was just a touch inaccurate with its key passes.

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Swansea was forced into an early change as the dangerous Montero pulled up lame, holding his hamstring and holding back tears as he limped off, replaced by Wayne Routledge after 22 minutes. Christian Benteke grabbed the next chance but scuffed a free kick just wide of Fabianski’s post.

The hosts produced another bit of pretty play as Ki Sung-Yeung blasted over after a beautiful one-two touch from Sigurdsson sprung the Korean free. On the other end, Gabriel Agbonlahor had an opportunity breaking free on a pass from Benteke, but a slight shove from Ashley Williams put him off and he struck wide.

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Villa pressed hard as the game slipped from their fingers, but there wasn’t enough quality on the end of the chances. Lukas Fabianski produced a pair of saves at the death, including one brilliant diving save on a Benteke header in added time.

The win for Swansea means still just two teams have won at the Liberty Stadium this season, and they push themselves to seventh in the Premier League table above Arsenal for now, who play later today. Aston Villa remains winless since December 7, and the club has scored just one goal since that date.

LINEUPS:

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Shelvey (Carroll 70′), Sigurdsson (Emnes 78′), Dyer, Montero (Routelidge 22′), Bony.

Goals: Sigurddson 13′

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Okore, Clark, Cissokho (Weimann 46′), Delph, Cleverley (Grealish 77′), Sanchez, Agbonlahor, Benteke.