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Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick gave Swansea a hard-earned win over Aston Villa at a soaking Liberty Stadium.
Sigurdsson’s dipping effort from the edge of the area came in a first half dominated by the hosts.
Villa were the more dominant after the break as the torrential rain which blighted the first half eased. Andreas Weimann was wasteful, but the best chance – an injury-time header from Christian Benteke – was saved superbly by Lukasz Fabianski.
Swansea’s first Boxing Day win since 2007 lifts them up to seventh in the Premier League ahead of Arsenal’s match against Queens Park Rangers later on Saturday.
For Villa, meanwhile, their dreadful Christmas record continues. Paul Lambert’s men have not won on Boxing Day since 2005 and this loss – their second in three matches – sees them drop to 13th in the table. Despite the sodden turf, Swansea began breezily as they controlled possession and sought to outmanoeuvre Villa’s three-man midfield with their five.
Swansea (Sigurdsson 13’)