Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool

Andre Ayew scored a brace as Swansea guaranteed Premier League football next season with a 3-1 home win against ten-man Liverpool.

Match Reports: Swansea City 3-1 LiverpoolMatch Reports: Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool

Ayew went into the game celebrating the birth of his baby daughter and capped a great weekend at a rain-soaked Liberty Stadium with a double either side of a Jack Cork strike to make the Swans mathematically sure of top-flight action next term.

Liverpool were lacklustre and looked like they had one eye on ThursdayÂ’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Villarreal at Anfield with Christian Benteke scoring what turned out to be a second half consolation.

Jurgen KloppÂ’s men also finished the game with ten men as Brad Smith was sent off after picking up two yellow cards.

Daniel Sturridge volleyed a shot well wide in the first real half-chance of the game on 10 minutes, but two minutes later the Swans should have gone ahead.

Ayew laid the ball into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle of the Liverpool area but the Icelandic man fired his effort straight at Danny Ward.

Swansea maintained their pressure and on 14 minutes Ayew had an opportunity himself but he lifted the shot over the top from just inside the area.

Swansea were rewarded for their bright start in the 20th minute with the opening goal from a corner conceded by Dejan Lovren after he denied Ayew a scoring opportunity.

Sigurdsson lifted the ball in from the left and Ayew was not denied this time as he was left unmarked to power in a close-range header.

Jordon Ibe looked to respond within five minutes, but after twisting and turning on the edge of the area, he fired a low strike straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Ward ensured Liverpool stayed just one goal behind a minute later when he brilliantly stopped CorkÂ’s fierce drive from inside the area with his outstretched foot, before getting to his feet and punching the ball away from danger.

From a free-kick moments later Jordi Amat was left unmarked as he glanced a header over the bar from close range.

On the half-hour Jefferson Montero raced down the left channel and then tried to put the ball inside WardÂ’s near post only for the RedsÂ’ young custodian to again pull off a fine save to deny him.

It was 2-0 on 33 minutes when Cork eased Philippe Coutinho off the ball inside the Liverpool half before advancing to the edge of the area and curling a wonderful right-foot strike into the far corner.

Sturridge almost pulled one back on 36 minutes when he was played through down the left channel and lifted his shot over Fabianski but watched as it dropped the wrong side of the far post.

Liverpool almost got back into the game 10 minutes into the second half when Neil Taylor nearly put a Lucas cross into his own net when trying to clear it behind for a corner.

The visitors continued to look the more likely and pulled a goal back on 64 minutes when Benteke stooped to meet Oluwaseyi OjoÂ’s right-wing corner and headed in from close range.

LiverpoolÂ’s hopes of a comeback were thwarted just three minutes later though when they failed to deal with CorkÂ’s ball into the box and it fell to Ayew who fired through a couple of legs and into the bottom corner.

Liverpool were reduced to ten men on 76 minutes when Smith was sent off for two bookable offences when he brought down Kyle Naughton as he looked to break away into the RedsÂ’ half of the field.

Sturridge was then lucky to avoid giving away a penalty when the ball bounced onto his hand in the area before Angel Rangel slammed a shot into the side-netting which initially looked like it found the top corner.

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