Sunday 23 October 2016

Irish teams discover their European fate - but all three need big second leg performances to progress

Published 15/07/2016 | 13:05

Dundalk could face BATE Borisov once again if they come through the second leg of their Champions League second round qualifier next week.

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Stephen Kenny's men could only draw 1-1 with FH in their first leg in Dundalk but should they progress from round two, the Airtricity Premier League champions will face either BATE or SJK Seinäjoki of Finland.

Given that BATE are 2-0 up from the first leg, Dundalk are likely to face a rematch from last season if they can first overcome their Icelandic opponents.

Last year, Dundalk lost 2-1 away from home and drew the return leg 0-0.

Elsewhere, if Celtic can overturn their shock 1-0 loss to Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps, they will face Astana or Zalgiris Vilnius in the third qualifying round.

In the Europa League, Cork City will face Belgian outfit Genk or Buducnost Podgorica of Montenegro if they overcome Hacken, who they held to a 1-1 draw in Sweden last night.

Meanwhile St Pat's, who also secured a 1-1 away draw to Dinamo Minsk, will play Wales' Connah’s Quay or Serbian club Vojvodina.

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