Hafnafjordur vs Dundalk by Isaiah
It could be said that Hafnafjordur was somehow lucky to get a point away to Dundalk in the first leg of second qualifying round for Champions League. The game itself looked as quite a balanced one, but if one of the teams was to score the second goal, it would probably be the Irish side who looked like having maybe a bit more of potential in offensive lineup.
The hosts took the lead in 66th minute with a goal from McMillan, but the visitors responded only eleven minutes later via Lennon. Team from Iceland is now a favorite to progress, but are still remaining in a very difficult situation as the visiting side surely comes to attack here from the early phase in the game. Three days later, the team only took a point in a 1:1 draw away from home in the domestic league against Vestmannaeyjar.
Their season is in a full swing now, with the team being currently at first position with 6-4-1 record for now and two points more than second placed Stjarnan, however with two consecutive draws since their Champions League bid has started.
Dundalk, on the other side, might have created a bit more in the first leg, but also showed more weaknesses in the defense in the first leg played. The team will now need to react and show themselves even better, as they can't afford to sit at the back, on contrary, will need to play like they are aiming a victory away from home.
The team is on a run of three victories in the domestic league, also being already in a competitive form as their opponents are, which isn't that often for most of the Champions League participants in July. Currently, they are at the top of the table with six points more than second placed Cork City and a game more played. Since the start of their Champions League duties, the team didn't play in domestic league - their previous game was a 4:3 home victory over Longford several days before first clash against the team from Iceland.
Whoever wins this clash, will be playing against Belarussian champions BATE Borisov in third round and will have really small chances to progress to the play-off, but will continue playing in Europa League play-out, so the game is quite important for both teams, not to exit from Europe already after this match, but to grant themselves four more matches at least.
In the first leg, it looked like the teams are quite equal, however the Icelanders are now having advantage playing at their own field and in front of their own fans. However, Irish side will need to attack now and I believe that taking over goals remains valuable option once again, even though these two sides failed to reach it last time. Now, there's more at stake and no time for Irish, who might be a bit more quality side, to wait and see what happens.