Champions League - Qualifying Play-off - 1st Leg
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Champions League: Dundalk 0-2 Legia Warsaw

Aleksandar Prijovic scored Legia Warsaw's second goal with virtually the last kick of the game
Aleksandar Prijovic's late goal looks to be a hammer blow to Dundalk's hope of progressing in the Champions League

Dundalk's hopes of becoming the first Irish club to make the Champions League group stage look remote after defeat by Legia Warsaw in Dublin.

Nemanja Nikolic's 56th-minute penalty at a rain-soaked Aviva Stadium put the Poles ahead before Aleksandar Prijovic doubled the lead in injury-time.

Prijovic's 94th-minute second after breaking free leaves Dundalk up against it in Tuesday's return leg in Warsaw.

League of Ireland side Dundalk had looked composed before conceding.

Dundalk - the club that came from nowhere

Andy Boyle was penalised for the spot kick as he attempted to block a Steeven Langil shot after Nikolic had rounded Dundalk keeper Gary Rogers.

It looked a harsh decision but worse was to follow for Dundalk with virtually the last kick of the game as substitute Prijovic broke free to lift the ball over Rogers.

The Irish champions have already banked more than £4m for their European exploits although a place in the Champions League group stage would yield around £8m more for a Dundalk side who picked up £92,500 for retaining the League of Ireland title last season.

Dundalk do have the safety net of a Europa League group-stage spot even if they fail to overcome the Polish champions.

Dundalk substitute Ronan Finn shows his frustration after a missed chance
Ronan Finn and his Dundalk team-mates will face a huge task in Warsaw next Tuesday

Penalty key moment as Poles take control of tie

In front of more than 30,000 spectators, Dundalk started brightly with the lively former Derry City player Patrick McEleney heading over the best first-half chance in the second minute.

Legia struggled for fluency in the first period with Michal Kuchararczyk's 25th-minute half-volley - which flashed just wide - their only real attempt at goal.

Dundalk continued to look the more enterprising side immediately after the restart as Sean Gannon headed straight at Arkadiusz Malarz and Daryl Horgan fired straight at the Legia keeper.

But against the run of play, Legia were ahead on 56 minutes as Nikolic sent Rogers the wrong way from the penalty spot after Langil's shot had cannoned off Boyle's trailing right arm.

Buoyed by the goal, Legia took control with Kuchararczyk twice going close but Dundalk rallied late on as substitute Ciaran Kilduff blasted over with only two minutes left.

A 1-0 deficit would have seen Dundalk going to Warsaw believing that the tie was not beyond them, but after Prijovic netted in the fourth minute of injury-time as the Irish side did not even have the opportunity to kick-off again.

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny applauds the club's fans after Wedneday's game
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny was furious with the decision to award Legia a penalty

What they said

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: "It's a really appalling (penalty) decision to swing the game.

"Andy Boyle has thrown himself at it to try and block it - brave defender that he is.

"His hand is not in an unnatural position - his arm is close to his body, so it's certainly not a penalty.

"We were the better team up to that and there was no way we deserved to lose that game 2-0."

Legia Warsaw coach Besnik Hasi: "I'm really pleased we didn't concede. We scored two and could've scored more."

Dundalk's Ciaran Kilduff battles with Legia Warsaw's Lewczuk
Ciaran Kilduff (right) missed a Dundalk chance just before Legia Warsaw's crucial second goal
A number of Legia Warsaw set off flares at the Aviva Stadium
The game didn't really catch fire for the most part although a number of Legia Warsaw fans did light flares

Line-ups

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2Gannon
  • 15Barrett
  • 4BoyleBooked at 55mins
  • 14Massey
  • 6O'DonnellBooked at 20mins
  • 5ShieldsSubstituted forBensonat 77'minutes
  • 8MountneySubstituted forFinnat 64'minutes
  • 11McEleney
  • 7Horgan
  • 9McMillanSubstituted forKilduffat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gartland
  • 10Finn
  • 12Grimes
  • 16Kilduff
  • 18Benson
  • 21Meenan
  • 22Sava

Legia Warsaw

  • 1Malarz
  • 28Broz
  • 4Lewczuk
  • 2Pazdan
  • 14HlousekBooked at 69mins
  • 8Odjidja-OfoeBooked at 44minsSubstituted forKopczynskiat 76'minutes
  • 7LangilSubstituted forAleksandrovat 88'minutes
  • 3Jodlowiec
  • 75Moulin
  • 18Kucharczyk
  • 11NikolicSubstituted forPrijovicat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Kopczynski
  • 17Brzyski
  • 22Hamalainen
  • 25Rzezniczak
  • 33Cierzniak
  • 77Aleksandrov
  • 99Prijovic
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin
Attendance:
30,417

Match Stats

Home TeamDundalkAway TeamLegia Warsaw
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Dundalk 0, Legia Warsaw 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundalk 0, Legia Warsaw 2.

Goal!

Goal! Dundalk 0, Legia Warsaw 2. Aleksandar Prijovic (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomasz Jodlowiec with a through ball.

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Ronan Finn.

Stephen O'Donnell (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mihail Aleksandrov (Legia Warsaw).

Attempt missed. Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ronan Finn.

Robbie Benson (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw).

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Mihail Aleksandrov replaces Steeven Langil.

Foul by Ciarán Kilduff (Dundalk).

Lukasz Broz (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Aleksandar Prijovic replaces Nemanja Nikolic.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Ciarán Kilduff replaces David McMillan.

Attempt saved. Thibault Moulin (Legia Warsaw) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nemanja Nikolic.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Robbie Benson replaces Chris Shields.

Substitution

Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Michal Kopczynski replaces Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Chris Shields.

Attempt blocked. Thibault Moulin (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Igor Lewczuk (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Foul by Igor Lewczuk (Legia Warsaw).

David McMillan (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Adam Hlousek (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Hlousek (Legia Warsaw).

Chris Shields (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nemanja Nikolic.

Attempt missed. Steeven Langil (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Thibault Moulin following a corner.

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Ronan Finn.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundalk. Ronan Finn replaces John Mountney.

Offside, Legia Warsaw. Tomasz Jodlowiec tries a through ball, but Nemanja Nikolic is caught offside.

Offside, Legia Warsaw. Lukasz Broz tries a through ball, but Thibault Moulin is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Michal Kucharczyk (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Daryl Horgan (Dundalk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Igor Lewczuk (Legia Warsaw).

John Mountney (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Dundalk 0, Legia Warsaw 1. Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Andrew Boyle (Dundalk) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Andrew Boyle (Dundalk) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Steeven Langil (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Nikolic.

Foul by Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw).

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