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NYON, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 18: UEFA Head of Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt draws out the name of Dundalk during the UEFA Champions League 2019/20 First and Second Qualifying Round draws at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football on June 18, 2019 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

 

It’s that time of year again and we are in European action – welcoming Latvian Champions Riga FC to Oriel Park in the First Qualifying Round First Leg of the UEFA Champions League.

How can I follow it?

The match kicks off at the time of 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday evening at Oriel Park we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on twitter, Dundalk FC on facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. Post-match reaction will be available on all streams including our new soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/dundalk_fc ) We will provide you with pre-match, in play and post-match updates from the evening’s action.

The match is also being broadcast live on RTE 2 Television with the programme beginning at 7.30 p.m.

How did we get on last week?

We had a good week last week with a 3-0 win over Waterford last Monday and we were held to a 2-2 draw away to Derry City on Friday night. Results leave us 8 points clear at the top of the league as we break for European action.

How did we get on in Europe last summer?

We progressed to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. We defeated Levadia Tallinn of Estonia 3-1 over 2 legs however we fell 4-0 on aggregate to Cypriot outfit AEK Larnaca.

And the UEFA Champions League?

It has been 2 years since our last UEFA Champions League venture where we suffered defeat in the second qualifying round against Rosenborg – 3-2 on aggregate.

Referee

We have an all Slovakian referee team tomorrow with Peter Kráľovic being the man in the middle. Milan Štrbo and Miroslav Benko will be assisting him and Martin Dohál as fourth official.

Head coach’s view

Vinny Perth spoke to the media at today’s official Dundalk FC pre-match press conference.

Read more here: Perth prepared for tough Riga test

Team news

Jordan Flores remains out with a hip flexor problem however other than that we have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the first leg tie.

European results  2014-18

01.07.2014 (Europa League 1stQualifying Round 1stLeg) Jeunesse Esch 0-2 Dundalk (Towell pen 59, 71)

10.07.2014 (Europa League 1stQualifying Round 2ndleg) Dundalk 3-1 Jeunesse Esch (Gartland 8, Byrne 36, Mountney 45; Zydko 55)

17.07.2014 (Europa League 2ndQualifying Round 1stLeg) Dundalk 0-2 Hajduk Split (Caktas 9, Vlasic 74)

24.07.2014 (Europa League 2ndQualifying Round 2ndLeg) Hajduk Split 1-2 Dundalk (Kouassi 25; Hoban 66, Byrne 74)

15.07.2015 (Champions League 2ndQualifying Round 1stLeg) BATE Borisov 2-1 Dundalk (Karnitski 11, Yablonski 38; McMillan 32)

22.07.2015 (Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg) Dundalk 0-0 BATE Borisov

13.07.2016 (Champions League 2ndQualifying Round 1stLeg) Dundalk 1-1 FH (McMillan 66; Lennon 77)

20.07.2016 (Champions League 2ndQualifying Round 2nd Leg) FH 2-2 Dundalk (Hewson 19, Finnbogason 78; McMillan 52, 62)

26.07.2016 (Champions League 3rdQualifying Round 1stLeg) BATE Borisov 1-0 Dundalk (Gordeichuk 70)

02.08.2016 (Champions League 3rdQualifying Round 2ndLeg) Dundalk 3-0 BATE Borisov (McMillan 45, 58, Benson 90)

17.08.2016 (Champions League Playoff 1stLeg) Dundalk 0-2 Legia Warsaw (Nikolic pen 56, Prijovic 90)

23.08.2016 (Champions League Playoff 2ndLeg) Legia Warsaw 1-1 Dundalk (Kucharyk 90; Benson 18)

15.09.2016 (Europa League Group D) AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Dundalk (Wuytens 60; Kilduff 88)

29.09.2016 (Europa League Group D) Dundalk 1-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Kilduff 72)

20.10.2016 (Europa League Group D) Dundalk 1-2 Zenit St. Petersburg (Benson 52; Mak 71, Giuliano 77)

03.11.2016 (Europa League Group D) Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Dundalk (Giuliano 42, 77; Horgan 52)

24.11.2016 (Europa League Group D)  Dundalk 0-1 AZ Alkmaar (Weghorst 9)

08.12.2016 (Europa League Group D) Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2-1 Dundalk (Ben Chaim pen 21, Micha 38; Dasa 27)

12.07.2017  (Champions League 2ndQualifying Round 1st Leg) Dundalk 1-1 Rosenborg (McMillan 18; Gartland og 43)

19,07.2017 (Champions League 2ndQualifying Round 2nd Leg) Rosenborg 2-1 Dundalk – AET (de Lanlay 43, Vilhjálmsson 98; Gartland 12)

12.07.2018 (Europa League 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg) Levadia Talinn 0-1 (Connolly 54)

19.07.2018 (Europa League 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg) Dundalk 2-1 Levadia Tallinn (Hoban 30, Duffy 33; Debelko 41)

26.07.2018 (Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg) Dundalk 0-0 AEK Larnaca

02.08.2018 (Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg) AEK Larnaca 4-0 Dundalk (Trickovski 13, 38, Chamarro 21, Tomas 87)

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