FULL-TIME: Swans 4 Malmo 0
1st August 2013
The Swans made a perfect start to their Europa League campaign as they brushed aside Malmo 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Wilfried Bony made a dream debut as the club record signing repaid some of his transfer fee with two goals and an assist against the Swedes.
Michu got the ball rolling in this first leg tie, coolly slotting home in the 37th minute as he capitalised on defender Filip Helander's slip following Wayne Routledge's pass.
More goals arrived in the second half, with Bony opening his Swans account in the 55th minute after rising to head Routledge's flicked cross.
Bony added another in the 59th minute, tapping home after Michu's effort had rebounded out off the post.
And then the Ivory Coast striker - a £12million signing from Vitesse Arnhem - turned provider as he fed sub Alejandro Pozuelo and the Spaniard chested down before volleying past Malmo keeper Johan Dahlin with four minutes left.
It means the Swans have a healthy lead as they head to Malmo on August 8 for the second leg as they look to book their place in the Play-Off stage of the Europa League.
Michael Laudrup was without Pablo Hernandez due to injury while Chico Flores was among the substitutes following a recent thigh injury, which meant Jordi Amat started alongside skipper Ashley Williams in defence. Ben Davies got the nod at left-back as Neil Taylor provided the cover on the bench.
Summer recruit Jonjo Shelvey was among a midfield three containing Leon Britton and Michu, with Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge out on the flanks lending support to club record signing Wilfried Bony.
Swans: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (capt), Ben Davies, Leon Britton (Jose Canas, 80), Jonjo Shelvey, Michu (Jonathan de Guzman, 67), Nathan Dyer (Alejandro Pozuelo, 73), Wayne Routledge, Wilfried Bony.
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Chico Flores, Neil Taylor, Roland Lamah.
Malmo: Johan Dahlin, Miiko Albornoz, Pontus Jansson, Markus Halsti, Magnus Eriksson (Erik Johansson, 77), Erik Friberg (Emil Forsberg, 68), Jiloan Hamad (capt, Simon Kroon, 82), Simon Thern, Filip Helander, Ricardinho, Tokelo Rantle.
Subs: Robin Olsen, Erdal Rakip, Pa Konate, Pawel Cibicki.
The Swans started strongly, imposing themselves early on in the game.
The first attacking threat came from a Jonjo Shelvey corner, which Jordi Amat flicked on at the near post, but the ball flew along the face of goal without a team-mate able to get a final touch.
Then Angel Rangel did well to control a high ball inside the Malmo area before beating two defenders and centering, but keeper Johan Dahlin was alert to snuff out the danger.
The Swans were dominating the possession and territory, dictating play but without creating too many chances as Malmo stood strong defensively.
Shelvey showed his intentions by controlling a loose ball and firing a half-volley wide before Nathan Dyer latched onto Ashley Williams' through ball over the top of the defence, but the winger's powerfully-hit left-footed effort was parried by Dahlin.
Malmo did hit back on the counter, with Tokelo Rantle taking play forward in the Swans half before he switched to skipper Jiloan Hamad, but his tame effort failed to trouble Michel Vorm.
Back at the other end, Michu volleyed high and into the Malmo support in the North Stand after a scramble in the visitors' area and then came the opening goal.
With 37 minutes on the clock, defender Filip Helander slipped as Wayne Routledge touched through a pass for Michu, and the Spaniard took full advantage by running on 15 yards and into the area before coolly slotting past Dahlin via the far post.
Lifted by their goal, the Swans almost doubled their lead as Routledge worked his way into the area but his goalbound shot deflected off the head of Pontus Jansson for a corner.
That was the end of the action in a first half that will have pleased Michael Laudrup and his team.
Half-time: Swans 1 Malmo 0
The visitors were the first to probe after the restart, Hamad curling a free-kick high and wide after Rantle was brought down by Amat, who was booked for his challenge.
But the Swans had the killer touch, and it was record signing Wilfried Bony who showed just why he commanded a £12million fee.
In the 55th minute, the Swans pushed on and after Shelvey had worked the ball to Routledge, the winger's flicked cross found Bony, who rose highest to loop his header into the far corner.
Michu then went close to adding another 60 seconds later, but the Spaniard played a massive role in the third goal after 59 minutes.
And it was that man Bony again as he tapped home the loose after Angel Rangel had slipped in Michu and the midfielder's effort bounced off the post and into the path of the Ivory Coast striker.
The Swans didn't ease up either, with Shelvey chesting a headed clearance down before volleying wide from 25 yards.
Laudrup made his first change with 23 minutes left, Jonathan de Guzman replacing goalscorer Michu.
Ashley Williams then had to make a fine sliding tackle inside the Swans area to deny Rantle, before Alejandro Pozuelo made his debut by replacing Dyer in a second home change.
Malmo went close through captain Hamad, who scooped his effort over from the edge of the box, before Pozuelo went close to making the perfect impact but his shot bounced wide with Dahlin outstretched.
Dahlin had to be alert seconds later as he parried Shelvey's thunderous drive, and the midfielder then tried his luck from just inside the Malmo half, but the keeper collected under his crossbar.
Laudrup then made his final change with ten minutes, another debut being handed to Jose Canas as he replaced the excellent Leon Britton, who was given a huge ovation from the Jack Army.
The icing on the cake came with four minutes to go as Pozuelo marked his debut with a fine goal.
When de Guzman found Bony, he flicked his pass to Pozuelo, and the Spaniard chested the ball before volleying low past Dahlin.