Swansea lose to Newcastle

September 11, 2017
Newcastle United's Henri Saivet (left), and Swansea City's Wilfried Bony battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, yesterday. (AP Photo)

Renato Sanches made his debut for Swansea following his surprise loan move from Bayern Munich and the Portugal midfielder looked off the pace in a tough start to life in English football in a 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

The 20-year-old Sanches battled hard but was sloppy in possession, and had already been substituted by the time Jamaal Lascelles headed home Newcastle's winning goal from a corner in the 76th minute.

"He has come to a new club and has new teammates, a new language, new culture," Swansea manager Paul Clement said of Sanches, who was being talked up as one of Europe's brightest talents last year. "He did things today that were good and some that weren't good. He is a quality player."

The win gives something to cheer for ailing Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who wasn't at Liberty Stadium after having a procedure today to address an infection resulting from an earlier hernia operation.

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