Dundalk face potential rematch with BATE Borisov after Champions League draw is made

The Lilywhites are on course to play the club that knocked them out of Europe a year ago.

Daryl Horgan and Dmitry Baha of BATE when the teams met at Oriel Park last season.
Daryl Horgan and Dmitry Baha of BATE when the teams met at Oriel Park last season.
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DUNDALK ARE LIKELY to face BATE Borisov for the second year in a row if they come through their Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Back-to-back winners of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, the Lilywhites drew 1-1 with Fimleikafelag Hafnarfjardar at Oriel Park on Wednesday and head to Iceland for the return leg next week.

If Stephen Kenny’s men can get past their current opponents, a potential rematch with the team that sent them out of the competition 12 months ago awaits.

This morning, the draw for the third qualifying round was made in Nyon, and Dundalk will play either BATE or SJK Seinäjoki of Finland, with the Belarusian champions 2-0 up from the first leg.

In July 2015, Dundalk lost 2-1 to BATE away from home before holding them to a 0-0 draw.

Elsewhere, Celtic will take on Astana or Zalgiris Vilnius if they can overturn a first leg 1-0 defeat to Gibraltan minnows Lincoln Red Imps.

League of Ireland representatives Cork City and St Patrick’s Athletic feature in the Europa League draw, which will be made this afternoon.

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