Goalless Malmö crash out of Europa League

Goalless Malmö crash out of Europa League
Malmö FF was one of three Swedish football clubs to be knocked out of Europa League contention on Thursday night after they failed to score a goal against Welsh side Swansea.

Swansea ensured their place in the Europa League play-offs after a 0-0 draw at Malmö preserved their 4-0 advantage from the first leg of their third qualifying round clash.

The Welsh club, playing in Europe for the first time in 22 years, saw Michu and Wayne Routledge go close in Sweden while Wilfried Bony had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

“Overall, I’m very satisfied,” said Swansea coach Michael Laudrup.

“It was a professional performance from ourselves, they had a chance in the first minute but then I think we dominated the game.

“There were also many positives. We have played two games, kept two clean sheets and not given many chances away to the opposition.

“If we had to find a negative then it is the fact that we have to do better offensively. But we can’t always dominate games, and the clean sheets are very important because it breeds confidence.”

While Swansea disposed of Malmö, Gefle suffered a 0-2 loss to Karabach in Azerbaijan, ending their chances of continued Europa League play.

Meanwhile in Switzerland, Thun beat Swedish side Häcken 1-0 to advance 3-1 on aggregate.

The only remaining Swedish team with any hopes of continued European play-off competition is Elfsborg, which is set for Europa League play after being knocked out of the Champions League by Celtic on Wednesday.

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