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Swansea can taste Europa League after big win over Petrolul

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup was thrilled to see his side place one foot in the Europa League group stage courtesy of a 5-1 victory over Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday night.

The Swans hammered the Romanian side at the Liberty Stadium to set up an almost unattainable lead and Laudrup was delighted with how his players performed following on from their last leg showings against Malmo.

"To score five goals and win 5-1 is excellent. In the first half-hour we did very well, we kept the ball and moved them around," he said.

"We scored three of our goals, we could have scored more, and we gave them nothing.

"I told the players at half-time we had the chance to go for a fourth goal and we did that.

"They were more offensive in the second half but we still dominated, got the fourth and a great fifth from (Alejandro) Pozuelo.

"We still have to finish the job, after the first leg against Malmo (4-0) I said we still had a job to do and that is the same here.

"We are close to another historical achievement for this club and we have to finish it.

"We have done well here, we created chances and dominated the game. We don't have to do that next week, we just need to get a result."

Wayne Routledge scored twice with Michu, Wilfried Bony and Pozuelo joining him on the scoresheet ahead of next week's return leg at the Stadionul Ilie Oana.

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