27 Jul Swansea Metropolis vs. Brentford – Football Match Report – July 26, 2020
Andre Ayew’s superbly-worked aim earned Swansea Metropolis a 1-Zero victory over Brentford within the Championship playoff semifinal first leg at their Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Ayew had seen his poorly-struck penalty saved simply previous the hour mark earlier than Brentford had Rico Henry despatched off.
Swansea then swarmed throughout Brentford looking for an important result in take into the second leg subsequent week and obtained it when Ayew fired into the highest nook after an intricate build-up.
Brentford, who haven’t been within the high flight since 1947, missed out on computerized promotion on Wednesday after they misplaced at house to Barnsley, which means West Bromwich Albion completed as runners-up behind Leeds United.
Swansea crept into the playoffs after a outstanding ultimate spherical of fixtures through which they beat Studying 4-1 and jumped above Nottingham Forest, who misplaced 4-1, on aim distinction.
Promotion to the Premier league is price an estimated 170 million kilos ($217.41 million). Cardiff Metropolis take on Fulham within the different semi-final.
Brentford had the higher of the primary half with Ollie Watkins and Mentioned Benrahma each lacking probabilities to place them in management, though Ayew and Rhian Brewster got here shut for the Swans simply earlier than the interval.
The guests continued to threaten after the break with Mathias Jensen dragging an amazing probability vast.
Swansea had been then awarded a penalty when Brewster was tripped by Brentford captain Pontus Jansson however Ayew’s effort was stored out by David Raya.
It appeared like being a key second however that was nonetheless to come back as Henry’s high-speed sliding deal with on Connor Roberts was deemed harmful and worthy of a straight crimson card.
Ayew, who re-joined Swansea in 2018 having left to hitch West Ham United, made amends for his miss, volleying house after a candy transfer which he began. Ayew performed the ball in to Conor Gallagher whose dink was cushioned to Ayew by Jay Fulton and the Ghana worldwide smashed the ball house.
“Andre disregarded the frustration of the penalty and did not let that have an effect on him, however that is what he does, step up within the large moments,” Swansea coach Steve Cooper mentioned.
Brentford will now need to bounce again after three successive defeats.