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Both legs of Dundalk's crucial Champions League qualifier will be televised live

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions will take on BATE Borisov in the third qualifying round.

BATE's Kaspars Dubra challenging Ronan Finn of Dundalk during their second-leg meeting at Oriel Park last season.
BATE's Kaspars Dubra challenging Ronan Finn of Dundalk during their second-leg meeting at Oriel Park last season.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

DUNDALK’S REVENGE MISSION against BATE Borisov is to be televised live by Eir Sport (formerly Setanta Sports).

The broadcaster announced this evening that they will carry both legs of Dundalk’s Champions League third round qualifier against the Belarus champions.

BATE eliminated Dundalk from the qualifiers last season (2-1 on aggregate), so Stephen Kenny’s side will be hoping to avenge that loss.

The first leg will take place in Belarus this coming Tuesday night at 7pm Irish time, with the return leg fixed for Tallaght Stadium seven days later at 8pm.

If Dundalk can get past BATE and progress to the play-off round, they’ll guarantee themselves a place in the group stages of one of the major European competitions.

Victory in the play-off round will send them into the Champions League group stage draw, but the consolation prize for a defeat would be a spot in the group stages of the Europa League.

Eir Sport carried live coverage of Dundalk’s second leg against FH Hafnarfjordur on Wednesday, but — much to the disappointment of fans — the first leg at Oriel Park was not broadcast.

It remains to be seen if there will be any live TV coverage of Cork City’s third qualifying round tie against KRC Genk in the Europa League, the first leg of which will be played in Belgium on Thursday.

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