Swansea City Deportivo La Coruna Liberty Stadium friendly
1st August 2015
The Swans ended their pre-season campaign unbeaten following a 0-0 draw with Deportivo La Coruna at the Liberty Stadium.
Garry Monk's side enjoyed the majority of possession and territory against the La Liga side, with summer signing Andre Ayew, Jonjo Shelvey and Bafe Gomis all going close in the first half.
After the break, Ki Sung-Yueng was denied by a fantastic reaction save from sub keeper German Lux while another substitute - Jefferson Montero - saw his goalbound effort deflected wide.
At the other end, Deportivo had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Lee Evans when a fiercely-hit shot struck the hand of Franck Tabanou.
With the game ending 0-0, it meant the Swans completed the pre-season schedule with four draws and one victory following games with Borussia Monchengladbach, 1860 Munich, Reading, Nottingham Forest and Deportivo La Coruna.
The Swans kick off their Barclays Premier League campaign on Saturday, August 8 with a trip to defending champions Chelsea.
SWANS: Lukasz Fabianski, Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Ashley Williams (capt), Neil Taylor (Franck Tabanou, ht), Jack Cork, Ki Sung-Yueng, Jonjo Shelvey (Gylfi Sigurdsson, ht), Wayne Routledge (Jefferson Montero, ht), Andre Ayew (Nathan Dyer, 74), Bafe Gomis (Eder, 74).
SUBS: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Angel Rangel, Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes, Marvin Emnes.
DEPORTIVO: Fabricio Agosto (German Lux, ht), Fernando Navarro, Alex Bergantinos (Juan Dominguez, 74), Juanfran, Alejandro Arribas, Laure (capt, Ruben Cani, 74)), Luisinho (Miguel Cardoso, 64), Pedro Mosquera, Oriol Riera, Luis Alberto, Alberto Lopo.
SUBS: Roberto Suarez, Pablo Insua, Alex Corredera, Haris Medunjanin, Sidnei, Saul Garcia, Luis Fernandez, Oscar Garcia, David Gomez.
The Swans made a bright start to the opening exchanges, with Wayne Routledge and Bafe Gomis linking to tee up Andre Ayew, but the Ghanaian's goalbound shot was deflected wide by Alejandro Arribas, who slid in to intervene with keeper Fabricio Agosto.
From the resulting corner, Jack Cork rose highest to meet Jonjo Shelvey's corner, but Agosto did well to collect with both hands.
Shelvey was at the heart of the next threat on goal as the midfielder's return pass for Gomis saw the French striker unleash a low effort from 20 yards, but it fizzed wide.
Then Shelvey tried his luck, firing over the crossbar from 25 yards following a darting run from Ki Sung-Yueng.
The hosts continued to create the better chances, and when Ki latched onto a through ball into the box, the South Korean captain's low cross was deflected wide for a corner by Alex Bergantinos with Ayew and Bage Gomis lurking.
That proved the final action of the half as the Swans went into the break with a positive 45 minutes behind them.
HALF-TIME: Swans 0 Deportivo La Coruna 0
Both teams made changes at the break, with Franck Tabanou, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero replacing Neil Taylor, Shelvey and Routledge for the hosts.
Deportivo swapped their keeper, with German Lux coming on for Agosto between the sticks.
And it was two of the substitutes who were key to the opening chances of the half.
Firstly, Sigurdsson curled a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards before Montero sped down the left before crossing for Ayew, but he failed to connect cleanly with his head.
Deportivo then failed to trouble Fabianski at the other end as former Wigan striker Oriol Riera headed effort wide following some neat play by the visitors.
The temperature on the pitch then raised a few levels as Deportivo's claim for a handball after a fiercely struck effort deflected off the hand of Tabanou, but referee Lee Evans waved away the appeals.
The visitors surrounded the referee, and following some pushing and shoving, the game finally got restarted.
With just over 15 minutes to go, Garry Monk made a double change as Nathan Dyer and Eder replaced Ayew and Gomis.
Dyer was straight into the action as he got onto the end of a half-cleared free-kick, but the winger couldn't keep his volley from rising over the crossbar.
The home side then carved out a glorious chance as a perfectly-judged chip from Tabanou caught the home defence flat-footed, but when Ki controlled and unleashed from 15 yards, keeper Lux was quick off his line to thwart his shot.
At the other end, Alberto Lopo failed to make the most of being unmarked in the box when he volleyed over a corner.
And seconds later the Swans were pushing hard for the opening goal, but Montero's well-struck shot was deflected wide by a Deportivo defender.
In added-on time, Tabanou tried his luck from 35 yards, but his left-footed effort skimmed off the surface and wide of the far post.
There was time for one last attack, and Dyer's ball down the right found Eder racing on, and when he cut inside to tee up Ki, the midfielder's first-time effort curled just over the crossbar.
That proved to be the final action of the game, with the Swans finishing pre-season unbeaten.