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Friendly: Swans 3 Stuttgart 3

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12:56 11th August 2012

. . . Laudrup's men round-off pre-season with entertaining draw


The Swans rounded off their pre-season programme with an entertaining draw against Stuttgart at the Liberty Stadium.
The German side raced into a two-goal lead at the break through goals from Christian Gentner and Vedad Ibisevic, but the home side hit back early in the second period as Danny Graham slotted home.
The Swans then levelled the scores as Graham netted from the penalty spot, before Nathan Dyer's deflected cross flew in at the far post to give Laudrup's men a deserved lead.
However, the visitors had the final say as substitute Raphael Holzhauser produced a neat finish inside the box with ten minutes to play.

Michael Laudrup made two changes to the side that beat Blackpool on Tuesday as Neil Taylor and Scott Sinclair returned from Olympic duty to replace Wayne Routledge and Ben Davies.
New signing Itay Schechter was named on the substitutes bench after the Israel international completed his season-long loan from Kaiserslautern on Friday.

Swans: Michel Vorm (GK), Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman (Kemy Agustien, 61), Michu (Itay Schechter, 72), Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham (Mark Gower, 80), Scott Sinclair (Wayne Routledge, 61).
Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Jazz Richards, Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Mark Gower, Wayne Routledge, Itay Schechter, Luke Moore.

Stuttgart: Sven Ulreich (GK), William Kvist (Georg Niedermeier, 60), Serdar Tasci (Cristian Molinaro, 60), Martin Harnik (Raphael Holzhauser, 77), Vedad Ibisevic (Kevin Stoger, 78), Maza, Arthur Etienne Boka (Mamadou Bah, 60), Ibrahima Traore (Zdravko Kuzmanovic, 60), Tunay Torun, Christian Gentner (Shinji Okazaki, 60), Tim Hoogland (Antonio Rudiger, 77).
Subs: Georg Niedermeier, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Mamadou Bah, Cacau, Kevin Stoger, Cristian Molinaro, Marc Ziegler, Antonio Rudiger, Raphael Holzhauser, Shinji Okazaki

Attendance: 9,170

On a warm afternoon in South Wales, the visitors made a bright start and went close to opening the scoring after just two minutes as Tim Hoogland cut in from the right flank before curling his effort a fraction wide of Michel Vorm's right-hand post.
The German side were looking sharp in possession and as they closed the Swans down quickly, they soon created another chance as Vedad Ibisevic let fly from 20 yards and Vorm had to be at his best to palm the ball away.
By contrast, the hosts took time to settle into their passing rhythm and the closest they came early on was when the returning Scott Sinclair curled over from the edge of the box after the Stuttgart defence failed to clear.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead after 17 minutes as Arthur Boka's inswinging free-kick from the right wasn't cleared, and Christian Gentner took advantage to turn the ball home at the far post.
At the other end, Sinclair had an effort that curled wide of the far post but it wasn't long before Stuttgart doubled their advantage with just under ten minutes to go until half-time.
Vedad Ibisevic was allowed far too much time inside the box and he found space before drilling a low left-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Half-time: Swans 0 Stuttgart 2

Neither side made any changes at the break, but early in the second period the visitors had a great chance to extend their lead as Ibrahima Traore's corner was somehow put wide by Ibisevic at the far post with the goal gaping.
However, just five minutes later and the Swans were back in the game as they halved the deficit - but it wasn't without controversy.
After Michu had robbed William Kvist in midfield, the German side thought he had committed a foul but the Spaniard played on and played in Danny Graham who coolly slotted the ball past Ulreich to bag his fourth goal in two games.
Stuttgart then made five substitions, while Michael Laudrup introduced Wayne Routledge and Kemy Agustien for Scott Sinclair and Jonathan de Guzman.
And it appeared to have the desired impact as the Swans hit back to level the scores from the penalty spot.
After Nathan Dyer had been put through on goal, the winger was pushed over by a Stuttgart defender and after the referee waved play on, the assistant referee put his flag across his chest to give the spot-kick.
And Graham stepped up to score his second of the afternoon as he sent Ulreich the wrong way.
The Liberty Stadium crowd were then introduced to new signing Itay Schechter as the Isreali came on for Michu, and no sooner had the on-loan striker come on and the home side were in front.
Nathan Dyer was found down the right flank and after he skipped past the full-back, the winger saw his cross deflect off Georg Niedermeier and into the far corner.
Just two minutes later and the Swans should have extended their lead as Dyer was put through by Graham and after he rounded the keeper he managed to fire into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.
Laudrup's men were made to pay for that miss as Stuttgart forced an equaliser with ten minutes to play.
After good build-up in the Swans half, Kevin Stoger fed substitute Raphael Holzhauser and the striker made no mistake as he slipped the ball past Vorm.
And the German side almost stole a winner in stoppage time as Antonio Rudiger turned in box and fired a left-footed shot that shaved the left-hand post.


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