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Dundalk to go up against Arsenal in their group for the Europa League

Stephen Kisbey-Green
Stephen Kisbey-Green

12:38 2 Oct 2020

Dundalk FC's draw for the upcoming UEFA Europa League group stages was confirmed on Friday, with the Irish side being place in group B.

They will be up against Arsenal, SK Rapid Wien, and Molde FK in a tough group for the Town.

The Lilywhites sealed their place in the group stages with a 3-1 win over KÍ from the Faroe Islands in the Aviva on Thursday night.

Speaking on Off The Ball after the match, former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr was hesitant to get over excited about the achievement.

"It has to be said they got the handy side of the draw all round," Kerr said.

"If you were to believe in advance that you could get through by beating a team from Andorra, Moldova and the Faroes to get through to the group stages you'd say that that is very unlikely to happen.

"It is still an excellent achievement for an Irish team to get through to the group stages and we should all celebrate that."

This is only the third time that an Irish team has made it to the group stages of the Europa League, with Shamrock Rovers being the first in 2011, and Dundalk making it through in 2016.

Kerr thinks that the achievement of getting to the group stages will have to be enough for Irish football fans.

"I'll be blunt about it, I wouldn't fancy Dundalk's chances of getting many points in the group based on what I saw tonight," Kerr said.

1 October 2020; Sean Murray of Dundalk celebrates with team-mate Michael Duffy after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Play-off match between Dundalk and Ki Klaksvik at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Confirmation of Dundalk's group

Group B

Arsenal FC

SK Rapid Wien

Molde FK

Dundalk FC

The rest of the groups

Group A

AS Roma (ITA)

BSC Young Boys (SUI)

CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)

PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL)

Group C

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)

SK Slavia Praha (CZE)

Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)

Nice (FRA)

Group D

Benfica (POR)

Standard Liège (BEL)

Rangers (SCO)

Lech Poznań (POL)

Group E

PSV Eindhoven (NED)

PAOK (GRE)

Granada CF (ESP)

Omonoia (CYP)

Group F

Napoli (ITA)

Real Sociedad (ESP)

AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Rijeka (CRO)

Group G

Braga (POR)

Leicester (ENG)

AEK Athens (GRE)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR)

Group H

Celtic (SCO)

Sparta Praha (CZE)

AC Milan (ITA)

LOSC (FRA)

Group I

Villarreal (ESP)

Qarabağ (AZE)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)

Sivasspor (TUR)

Group J

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Ludogorets (BUL)

LASK (AUT)

Royal Antwerp (BEL)

Group K

CSKA Moskva (RUS)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Feyenoord (NED)

Wolfsberg (AUT)

Group L

Gent (BEL)

Crvena zvezda (SRB)

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (GER)

Slovan Liberec (SVK)

The first group stage matches will take place on October 22nd with the following rounds being played on October 29th, November 5th, November 26th, December 3rd and December 10th.

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