Dundalk now within touching distance of Champions League group stage

A resounding 3-0 win on the night saw Dundalk overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit to beat BATE Borisov in their Champions League third qualifying round clash.

The reigning League of Ireland Champions put in a superb performance as the rain poured down in South Dublin, with the game played at Tallaght Stadium due to Oriel Park not meeting UEFA requirements.

 

Dundalk are now guaranteed a spot in the Europa League group stage should they lose the final Champions League qualifier, and they will pocket at least €5 million.

That amount could rise to over €7 million if they can pull off another surprise, and these are some of the teams that they could come up against next:

  • Glasgow Celtic
  • Viktoria Plzen
  • APOEL Nicosia
  • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Olympiacos

 

However, there are still some ties to be decided so those names aren’t set in stone just yet, and Dundalk will be unseeded for the round.

After losing by a single goal in the first leg last week, Dundalk kept things tight in the opening 45 minutes in Tallaght and went ahead just before the break.

 

Some brilliant work on the left wing by Daryl Horgan culminated in a cross into the penalty area where David McMillan was on hand to head home.

McMillan was at it again just before the hour mark, while substitute Robbie Benson put the icing on the cake in the closing stages.

All we wanted was respect for the league and the players playing in this league; there’s some decent players and this is for everyone that plays in the league, not just Dundalk.

 

Maybe now we won’t be a bit of a laughing stock, we’ve shown we can compete.

– Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell

BATE have been Champions League regulars in recent seasons, and took four points off Italian giants Roma in their two group meetings last year.


 

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