Dundalk, Celtic and Manchester City were all in the draw for the Champions League playoffs in Nyon this morning.
Stephen Kenny’s side recorded one of the greatest results in League of Ireland history on Tuesday night when they beat BATE Borisov 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium, at the very least guaranteeing Europa League group stage football.
Their reward for progression will be a tie against Polish champions Legia Warsaw, who defeated Trencin in the last round.
Celtic were somewhat less impressive in their progression, requiring a last-minute Moussa Dembélé penalty to scrape past FC Astana 3-2 on aggregate.
They will face Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the next round.
Entering the Champions League in this round were Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Premier League side finished a disappointing fourth in the table last season and with Italian giants Roma one of the unseeded teams in this section of the draw, they knew that group stage progression was far from assured.
They will, however, fancy their chances against Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.
UEFA Champions League Playoff Draw in Full:
Ludogorets vs Viktoria Plzen
Celtic vs Hapoel Beer-Sheva
FC Copenhagen vs APOEL FC
Dundalk vs. Legia Warsaw
GNK Dinamo vs. Red Bull Salzburg
Steaua Bucharest vs Manchester City
FC Porto vs AS Roma
Ajax vs FC Rostov
BSC Young Boys vs Borussia Mönchengladbach
Villarreal vs Monaco
The first leg of these ties will take place on the 16th/17th August, with the return leg taking place a week later. The FAI have already confirmed that the home leg of Dundalk’s tie will be moved to the Aviva Stadium.
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