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EUROPA LEAGUE: Swansea do damage in Valencia

Swansea City have kicked off their first foray into European football with a convincing 3-0 Group A victory over Valencia at the Mestalla on Thursday.

The Welsh club, who made it through to the Europa League's group stage proper by virtue of the qualifying rounds, dismantled the ten-man Los Che side to record one of their most significant wins in history.

Valencia were disadvantaged from the get-go when defender Adil Rami was shown a straight red card for bringing down Wilfried Bony in the 10th minute before the summer signing oepend the scoring for the Jacks four minutes later with the aid of a deflection.

Michael Laudrup's Swans outfit then found themselves two goals ahead just before the hour-mark - just as a Valencia supporter protest against manager Miroslav Dukic finished - when Michu received a pass from the impressive Alejandro Pozuelo to fire home with his right foot.

The visitors then added a third in the 62nd minute when Jonathan de Guzman stepped up to curl an unstoppable 30-yard free-kick past Vicente Guaita.

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