Dundalk to face ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner in Champions League qualifier

Dundalk have been drawn against Norwegian giants Rosenborg in the Champions League second qualifying round, writes Stephen Barry.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will be among the ranks of the visitors to the Irish champions on July 11 or 12. The return leg will be played on July 18 or 19.

The Trondheim-based club are a point clear at the top of the Eliteserien after 13 games this season, while Dundalk’s four-in-a-row bid is on the rocks as they trail Cork City by 18 points after 18 games.

Meanwhile, Celtic are likely to face a trip to the North to open their European campaign.

The unbeaten Scottish champions will expect to face Linfield, if the NIFL Premiership table-toppers overcome San Marino minnows La Fiorita in the first qualifying round.

With Celtic drawn away for the first leg, the possibility of them playing in Belfast on July 12, a key date in the marching calendar, is potentially problematic for security services given past sectarian tensions.

Brendan Rogers’ side will need to repeat last year’s feat of winning three rounds of qualifiers to earn a group-stage berth.

First qualifying round draw (27/28 June & 4/5 July)

Víkingur (FRO) v Trepça '89 (KOS)

Hibernians (MLT) v FCI Tallinn (EST)

Alashkert (ARM) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)

The New Saints (WAL) v Europa (GIB)

Linfield (NIR) v La Fiorita (SMR)

Second qualifying round draw (11/12 & 18/29 July)

APOEL (CYP) v Dudelange (LUX)

Žalgiris (LTU) v Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)

Qarabağ (AZE) v Samtredia (GEO)

Partizan (SRB) v Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)

Hibernians (MLT)/FCI Tallinn (EST) v Salzburg (AUT)

Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) v Kukës (ALB)

Astana (KAZ) v Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)

BATE Borisov (BLR) v Alashkert (ARM)/FC Santa Coloma (AND)

Žilina (SVK) v København (DEN)

Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v Honvéd (HUN)

Rijeka (CRO) v The New Saints (WAL)/Europa (GIB)

Malmö (SWE) v Vardar (MKD)

Zrinjski (BIH) v Maribor (SVN)

Dundalk (IRL) v Rosenborg (NOR)

FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v Víkingur (FRO)/Trepça '89 (KOS)

Linfield (NIR)/La Fiorita (SMR) v Celtic (SCO)

IFK Mariehamn (FIN) v Legia Warszawa (POL)

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Dearth of man-markers leaves Cork vulnerable to Geaney-O'Donoghue axis

Rory Best refuses to criticise referee Romain Poite after Lions draw

German papaer reveals secret Fifa report into Qatar 2022 corruption allegations

The Lions have drawn with the Hurricanes in Wellington


Today's Stories

Davy Fitzgerald: We are 100% ahead of expectations

Lewis Hamilton wants to win ‘the right way’

Diarmuid Connolly spared the GAA a whole lot of hassle

Frank de Boer aims to fire Crystal Palace to new heights with Total Football

Lifestyle

Inistearaght: The Blasket that looks like a Skellig

Meet the woman turning the oceans’ trash into photographic gold

20 years later, people are still spellbound by Harry Potter

A passion for Harry Potter - the books that taught a generation about friendship, courage and learning

More From The Irish Examiner