Shamrock Rovers bid to become the first Irish side to ever reach the holy grail of the champions’ league group stages continues tonight as they face FC Copenhagen in Tallaght, kick off 7.45pm.
A win tonight would mean that Rovers would be guranteed a place in Europa League group stages at the minimum however in order to make history, Michael O’Neill’s side will have to overturn a one nil deficit, Solvi Ottesen’s 5th minute goal handing the Danes a first leg advantage last week in the Parken Stadium.
Speaking on the club official website, O’Neill was quietly confident heading into the game saying “We have seen a lot of Copenhagen now, and we more or less know what to expect from them. They obviously have the upper hand with the one goal lead, but the tie is certainly not beyond us.
“We have looked at the game again as a team, and the lads can see for themselves how well they did last week and what they are capable of. We will need to keep up that level of performance if we are to get a result from the game.”
However the Hoops will have to plan without key duo Ken Oman and Karl Sheppard, Oman missing out with a knee injury sustained in last week’s encounter while Sheppard has an ankle injury.
Meanwhile Stephen O’Donnell is a doubt as he struggles to overcome a hamstring strain.
Beating Copenhagen represents a big ask for the current League of Ireland champions. The Danes are currently second in their domestic league with only goal difference keeping Horsen’s ahead of them.
Roland Nilsson’s side beat Nordsjælland 2-0 at the weekend, with a very Irish sounding Thomas Delaney scoring the crucial second goal.
Former Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday player Nilsson rested a number of players for the game although he would have been boosted by the return from injury of Senegal striker Dame N’Doye. The 26 year old played 62 minutes and helped set up his strike partner Morten Nordstrand for the opening goal and he could feature on Tuesday.
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