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Andre Ayew strike inspires Swansea to Championship play-off spot

Andre Ayew scored late to help Swansea City clinch a Championship play-off spot in dramatic style as they earned a 2-2 draw with Reading at the Madejski Stadium Sunday.

The Swans created plenty of chances in the opening half but fell behind to Yakou Meite’s 31st-minute header.

With Swansea needing just a point to guarantee themselves a place in the top six, Steve Cooper – on his 100th competitive game in charge of the club – made a triple substitution in the second half which included Andre Ayew – who missed the loss to Queens Park Rangers with a hamstring injury – being summoned from the bench.

The Ghanaian forward made a telling impact by playing a key role in the move which saw Jamal Lowe fire home on 67 minutes.

And the vice-captain notched his 16th league goal of the campaign from close range in the 83rd minute to put Swansea ahead, although substitute Tomas Esteves set up a tense finish with a strike two minutes into injury time.

But Swansea held on to claim a draw which ensured they earned a play-off place at the home of the Royals for the second season running.



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