Dundalk handed tough draw in Champions League play-offs
Published 05/08/2016 | 11:18
Dundalk have been paired with Polish side Legia Warsaw in their Champions League play-off tie.
Stephen Kenny’s men will take on the Polish champions in what might be the toughest draw available to them, while Celltic will face Hapoel and FC Copenhagen will meet APOEL.
Indeed, being first out of the proverbial hat, dictates that the back-to-back Irish champions will entertain Legia at the Aviva Stadium for the first-leg of their fixture on August 16 or 17 with the away leg on August 23.
It was announced just yesterday that Dundalk had been permitted the use of the home of Irish football for their heady European nights.
For the corresponding tie, the Lilywhites will travel to Warsaw, where they will line out at the ominously named Polish Army Stadium, which boasts a capacity of more than 30,000.
En route to this juncture, Legia overcame Zrinjski Mostar and AS Trenčín.
Dinamo Zagreb have been pitted against FC Slazburg. Meanwhile, Manchester City were drawn against Steaua Bucharest, Porto and Roma are matched, while Villarreal take on Monaco and Gladbach have been paired off with Young Boys.
Ajax will encounter Rostov as Ludogorets and Plzen make up the draw.
Dundalk are 13/5 to beat Legia Warsaw and 7/2 to qualify @Coral— Nicola McGeady (@NicolaMcGeady) August 5, 2016
Toughest possible draw that for Dundalk!— Brendan Donaghy (@BrendanDonaghy) August 5, 2016
Decent draw for Dundalk! You lads can do it and make Champions League! Lets pack out the Aviva for them!— Jason O'Connor (@Jayoconnor8) August 5, 2016
@McDonnellDan Dundalk certainly won't fear Legia!!— League Of Ireland (@league_ireland) August 5, 2016