Swansea 2-1 Manchester United (21.02.2015) Live Commentary

There has been no time for the supporters to get bored during the game as it was full of action and thrilling moments. It was an even match on the whole, with both sides enjoying spells in the ascendancy. The home team played long-ball football unlike the away side which attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
Neil Swarbrick is looking at his watch and ends this match right now.
Here comes a substitution. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) is given a rest as he is replaced by Jordi Amat (Swansea).
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) picks up a yellow card.
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) is flagged for offside.
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) picks up a yellow card for a foul.
Ashley Williams (Swansea) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Neil Swarbrick won’t hear any protests.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) receives a precise low pass inside the box, controls the ball and drills it to the middle of the goal, but David de Gea (Manchester United) makes a comfortable save to stop his effort.
Neil Swarbrick shows a yellow card to Ashley Young (Manchester United) who can’t be surprised because his tackle was really hard.
The corner from Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is hurriedly cleared.
David de Gea (Manchester United) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester United are awarded a corner kick.
The substitution is prepared. Mata (Manchester United) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Angel Di Maria (Manchester United).
The corner from Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) is intercepted by the defence.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Good work from Swansea as they win a corner.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Jefferson Montero (Swansea) comes onto the pitch so that Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) can be given a rest.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) deflects his teammate’s shot into the middle of the goal by using his body. The goalkeeper reacted to the earlier shot so the deflection only confused him. A lucky goal that counts anyway.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out-of-play and Manchester United manage to earn a corner.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Manchester United will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) with a great touch after receiving a pass inside the box. He immediately unleashes a low shot to the middle of the goal, but the keeper pulls off a decent save!
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Angel Di Maria (Manchester United).
Ashley Young (Manchester United) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester United can continue in their attacking effort.
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) connects with the corner but his looping header goes well over.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) will take the corner.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Manchester United will take it.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
The ball is cleared after Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Manchester United have a corner.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender.
Close! Robin van Persie (Manchester United) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the left post.
Here’s the change. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) left the pitch, and Ashley Young (Manchester United) came on as a substitute.
Neil Swarbrick calls for a foul. Jack Cork (Swansea) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester United will have a chance to score from a corner.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. Corner kick. Manchester United will have an opportunity.
Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) sends in the corner, but the keeper steps in and makes a save.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. Manchester United earn a corner.
Phil Jones (Manchester United) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Neil Swarbrick doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
The game is interrupted as Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is flagged for offside.
The teams are back out for the second half and here is a change on the pitch. Louis van Gaal gives a chance to Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) and Paddy McNair (Manchester United) is off.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
There was certainly plenty of action during that opening 45 minutes. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home team plays long-ball football unlike the away side which attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
1 additional min. will be played.
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Neil Swarbrick to the guilty Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) takes the corner kick, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) reads it well and stops the effort.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. Manchester United force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Wayne Routledge (Swansea) headed on.
What a chance that is! Robin van Persie (Manchester United) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle for infingement.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
What a close effort by Robin van Persie (Manchester United) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the left post.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) brings his opponent down. Neil Swarbrick has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) is caught offside!
It’s in the back of the net! Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) plays it into the box, and Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) gets on the end of a cross to put it into the back of the net. 1:1.
Swansea dominate the game at the moment by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. Great compatibility between the players.
Goal – 0:1! Ander Herrera (Manchester United) gets a shot from the edge of the box and scores into the bottom left corner. Angel Di Maria (Manchester United) provided an assist for a goal.
Well-received pass by Robin van Persie (Manchester United). He unleashes a strike from the edge of the box, but he blazes it high over the bar.
Robin van Persie (Manchester United) sends a cross into the box, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle for a foul. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) hacks down one of his opponents.
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea).
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. Swansea get a corner.
A nice lofted cross finds Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) unmarked who displays an excellent touch to control the ball. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) drills a low shot that goes to the middle of the net. It couldn’t give the goalkeeper anything to worry about. An easy save.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) latches on to a pass on the edge of the box, but he cant’t get any power into a shot which fails to trouble David de Gea (Manchester United).
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) connects with the free kick and produces a header goalwards which is well blocked. The goalkeeper doesn’t have to worry about that one.
Neil Taylor (Swansea) with a slide tackle, but referee Neil Swarbrick calls for a foul. A free kick for Manchester United. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot which goes by a whisker over the bar! What a huge opportunity!
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) steps up to send the ball in.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. Swansea have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) meets a cross and produces a header towards the left side of the goal, but one of the defending players blocks the effort.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) takes the corner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there. The main referee points to the corner flag, Swansea will take a corner.
Daley Blind (Manchester United) is penalised. He knocks an opponent down.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Neil Swarbrick keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
The first half has started.
The Manchester United players will kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Neil Swarbrick.
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