Petrolul Ploiesti 2 Swansea City 1
SWANSEA City went down 2-1 to Petrolul Ploiesti in their Europa league play-off, but still coasted into the group stages.
Michael Laudrup’s men progressed thanks to their 5-1 win in the first leg last week.
Laudrup elected not to risk captain Ashley Williams, record signing Wilfried Bony and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
The Swansea boss handed a first start to striker Rory Donnelly, while Leon Britton captained the side.
Donnelly was showing some nice touches and dragged the ball wide from Michu’s pass, then could not beat Geraldo Alves as he bore down on goal.
The hosts could have taken the lead just before the interval. Hamza Younes’s shot was only half stopped by Gerhard Tremmel and Britton had to head off the line.
Tremmel had more work to do early in the second half as he pushed a drive from Filipe Teixeira round the post.
Swansea had a great chance to take the lead when Donnelly tried to find Pablo Hernandez and Alves diverted the pass against his own post.
But Swansea then conceded, Njongo Priso beating the offside trap and firing past Tremmel.
Just a minute later Roland Lamah equalised — his first Swansea goal — but there was still time for the home side to grab the winner through Hamza’s header.
Swansea’s night ended on another low when Britton was sent off for his second bookable offence.