Lunchtime Sports Update

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SOCCER

Shamrock Rovers are the only Irish club to get a home tie in the first qualifying round of the Europa League draw which was made at noon.

The Premier Division leaders will Finnish side Ilves Tampere with Tallaght Stadium the likely venue if restrictions don’t see it moved to a neutral venue.

Bohemians are away to Hungarian heavyweights Fehérvár.

While Derry City are jetting off to Lithuania to face Riteriai.

The games are due to take place on August 27th, with the draw for the second qualifying round billed for August 31st.

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Dundalk have been drawn at home to Molde of Norway or Finnish side K-u-P-s in the second round of Champions League qualifying.

They first need to overcome Celje of Slovenia in the first round.

The draw for the first qualifying round of next season’s Europa League is just underway

Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, and Derry City are all in the hat for the draw.

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The Europa League quarter-finals get underway in Germany this evening.

All ties are now one-off knockout affairs.

Manchester United face FC Copenhagen behind closed doors in Cologne with the format changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also tonight; Inter play Bayer Leverkusen – with both matches kicking off at 8pm.

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There’s FAI Cup action taking place as well this evening with Finn Harps hosting St Patrick’s Athletic in the first round.

Kick off in Ballybofey is at 7.45

GOLF

Rory McIlroy is hoping he can find some form in the next few weeks after a disappointing US PGA Championship.

The former world number one finished 11 shots behind the winner Collin Morikawa in San Francisco.

With two other majors to play before the end of year, McIlroy is desperate to get back to his best

SNOOKER

The first two quarter-finals at the World Snooker Championship are underway at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Defending champion Judd Trump is trailing 4-3 against Kyren Wilson.

On the other table, three-time champion Mark Selby leads Neil Robertson by 4 frames to nil.

The first player to 13 will progress to the semi-final.

This afternoon at 2.30, Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Mark Williams and Anthony McGill takes on Kurt Maflin.