2019 Airtricity League Champions Dundalk were in Europa League Group B action this Thursday evening when they went down to a three nil defeat by Arsenal in the Emirates Stadium. Given the significant fiscal gap between the sides, this was a reasonable performance by the ‘Lilywhites’. One extremely unusual statistic from the match was the fact that Dundalk did not concede one single free kick over the ninety plus minutes. The other Group B contest between Molde of Norway and Rapid Vienna ended in a one nil victory for the hosts in Molde.
In Group H, Shane Duffy started for Glasgow Celtic who took a two goal lead against Lille in France but then conceded twice in the second half to garner just one point from the contest. Glasgow Rangers scored the only goal to defeat Lech Poznan from Poland at Ibrox Stadium in Group D. Leicester City took an early two goal lead against AEK in Athens in Group G and held on for victory despite conceding one second half goal. In Group J, Tottenham Hotspur went down to a one nil defeat by Royal Antwerp in Belgium where Matt Doherty was an unused substitute as also was Dublin born defender Dennis Cirkin.