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Europa League: Dundalk beat KI Klaksvík in Dublin to reach group stage and secure £2.7m windfall

Dan Cleary
Dan Cleary got Dundalk's second goal at a rain-soaked Aviva Stadium

Dundalk defeated KI Klaksvík 3-1 in Dublin to reach the Europa League group stage and secure a financial windfall in the region of £2.7m.

Goals either side of half-time from Sean Murray and Dan Cleary gave the League of Ireland side a two-goal lead.

Ole Midtskogen pulled a goal back for the Faroese outfit on 66 minutes before substitute Daniel Kelly sealed victory for the Lilywhites.

It is only the third time an Irish club has qualified for the group stage.

Shamrock Rovers made it through to that stage of the Europa League in 2011 and Dundalk themselves did the same in 2016, when current Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny was in charge.

The match was taking place in Dublin's Aviva Stadium as Dundalk's Oriel Park ground did not meet the Uefa specifications for hosting the tie.

The Premier Division title holders have struggled in the league this season and manager Vinny Perth was sacked when they lost 3-0 to Slovenian side NK Celje in the Champions League first qualifying round.

Dundalk celebrate their win at the final whistle
Dundalk celebrate their win at the final whistle

Little-known Italian Filippo Giovagnoli was appointed by the club's US owners and guided them past Inter d'Escaldes of Andorra before a penalty shootout win over Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova brought them to Thursday night's encounter.

As well as the £2.7m that qualifying for the Europa League group stage guarantees, each win thereafter would secure in the region of £520,000 with approximately £170,000 added to the pot for draws.

Murray's opener came in the 33rd minute from a deep Sean Hoare cross that was headed on by Patrick Hoban, with midfielder Murray getting in ahead of goalkeeper Kristian Joensen to head home from close range.

Giovagnoli's men doubled their advantage three minutes after the restart when Joensen flapped at a Michael Duffy corner, with the ball deflecting off Huban into the path of Cleary who lashed home.

Duffy came close with a good run and shot before but the visitors responded well and twice went close before pulling a goal back on 66 minutes.

Joannes Bjartalid fed Midtskogen with a neat lay-off and the midfielder hammered home a low shot from 22 yards that took a slight deflection before going past keeper Gary Rogers.

KI were pressing for an equaliser when Dundalk broke quickly for the third goal 11 minutes from time, Murray feeding Kelly who took a super first touch before slotting into the bottom corner.

The Faroese did not give up but Dundalk stood firm to make it through.

Line-ups

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Hoare
  • 3Gartland
  • 21Cleary
  • 15Leahy
  • 16Murray
  • 10Sloggett
  • 11McEleneySubstituted forMountneyat 81'minutes
  • 22ColovicSubstituted forKellyat 71'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 9HobanBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMcMillanat 71'minutes
  • 7Duffy

Substitutes

  • 8Mountney
  • 18Patching
  • 20McCarey
  • 23Dummigan
  • 27Kelly
  • 29McMillan
  • 44Boyle

KI Klaksvík

  • 1Joensen
  • 4PavlovicSubstituted forJohannesenat 86'minutes
  • 22Faero
  • 5Brinck
  • 8Andreasen
  • 24Vatnsdal
  • 10Bjartalid
  • 7JohannesenBooked at 82mins
  • 17Midtskogen
  • 9KlettskardSubstituted forDosljakat 55'minutes
  • 23Danielsen

Substitutes

  • 2Langgaard
  • 3Simonsen
  • 6Skrbec
  • 11Johannesen
  • 12Jarosinski
  • 18Niclasen
  • 21Dosljak
Referee:
Maurizio Mariani

Match Stats

Home TeamDundalkAway TeamKI Klaksvík
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home3
Away1
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home0
Away0

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 1st October 2020

As It Stood

A

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1Sevilla65011431115
2Apoel Nicosia6312108210
3FK Qarabag6123811-35
4F91 Dudelange6114818-104

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Malmö FF632186211
2FC Copenhagen62315419
3Dynamo Kyiv61417707
4Lugano603325-33

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411124813
2Getafe640284412
3FK Krasnodar6303711-49
4Trabzonspor6015311-81

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1LASK6411114713
2Sporting6402117412
3PSV Eindhoven6222912-38
4Rosenborg6015311-81

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic6411106413
2CFR Cluj640264212
3Lazio620469-36
4Rennes611458-34

F

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1Arsenal6321147711
2Frankfurt6303810-29
3Standard Liege6222810-28
4Vitória Guimarães6123710-35

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto631289-110
2Rangers62318629
3Young Boys62228718
4Feyenoord612379-25

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol6321124811
2Ludogorets6222101008
3Ferencvárosi TC614157-27
4CSKA Moscow612339-65

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KAA Gent6330117412
2Wolfsburg632197211
3Saint-Étienne604268-24
4Oleksandria6033610-43

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Istanbul Basaksehir631279-210
2Roma623112669
3B Mgladbach622269-38
4RZ Pellets WAC612378-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga6420159614
2Wolves6411115613
3Slovan Bratislava61141013-34
4Besiktas6105615-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6411102813
2AZ Alkmaar623115879
3Partizan Belgrade6222101008
4FC Astana6105419-153
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