Dundalk will face Qarabag if they can beat FC Riga

If they lose to Riga they could face BATE Borisov in the Europa League

Qarabag in action against Chelsea at the Baku Olympic stadium in the 2017 Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

Qarabag in action against Chelsea at the Baku Olympic stadium in the 2017 Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Dundalk face the slightly daunting prospect of a trip to Baku and to play Azerbaijani champions Qarabag if they can beat FC Riga in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers.

In Wednesday’s second round draw, the winners of Dundalk’s first round tie were paired with either Qarabag or Albanian outfit Partizani.

Qarabag will start as firm favourites to come through that and would represent formidable opponents for the League of Ireland champions.

The club had recently completed a sixth straight league and cup double at home, and having attracted very substantial sponsorship in the oil rich state in recent times, they have qualified for the group stages of one or other of the European club competitions every season since 2014/15.

Two years ago, they made their only appearance to date in the Champions League group stages and while they lost the four games played against Roma and Chelsea, they drew home and away with Atletico Madrid.

If Dundalk qualify for the second round, the games will take place in the last week of July and first week of August. Vinny Perth’s side has been drawn to play at home first.

If the Irish league leaders lost to Riga, they will have to face either BATE Borisov of Belarus or Polish champions Piast Gliwice in the second round of the Europa League.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.