Dundalk Move Closer To Champions League After BATE Thrashing

Dundalk are one round away from being the first League of Ireland club to reach the Champions League group stages after a shock win over BATE Borisov.

Two David McMillan goals and an injury-time Robbie Benson strike earned the Irish champions a 3-0 home-leg victory at Tallaght Stadium.

That ensured a 3-1 aggregate success over their Belarusian counterparts.

It also guaranteed Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk at least a place in the Europa League group stages.

Dundalk secured £5.9m European windfall

Dundalk were already guaranteed £1m after progressing to the Champions League third qualifying round but that sum has now increased to around £5.9m.

The draw for the final Champions League qualifying round will take place in Monaco on Friday, and Dundalk could meet Celtic should the Scottish champions progress from their tie against Astana of Kazakhstan.

Other potential opponents include: Viktoria Plzen, Apoel Nicosia, Dinamo Zagreb, Ludogorets Razgrad, Olympiakos/Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Trencin/Legia Warsaw, Astra Giurgiu/FC Copenhagen or Partizan Tirana/Red Bull Salzburg.

The outstanding ties will be played on Wednesday.

Dundalk’s victory on Tuesday avenged last year’s 2-1 aggregate defeat by the Belarusians in the Champions League second qualifying round.

Culled from :BBC Sports

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