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Dundalk earn more for Europa League draw than they would for winning the League of Ireland title

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Dundalk have made history by becoming the first Irish team to earn a point in the group stages of a European football competition,

10 man Dundalk draw 1-1 with AZ Alkmaar.
Manchester United can't score past Brad Jones and lose 1-0 to Feyenoord pic.twitter.com/uPQQfmUf2r

— SportsJOE.ie (@SportsJOEdotie) September 15, 2016

It all looked highly unlikely with the League of Ireland Premier Division leaders going down to 10 men with 20 minutes left.

But after a late substitution, they managed to haul themselves level.

Super sub! Only on the pitch five minutes, Kilduff has equalised for 10-man Dundalk! #UEL

— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 15, 2016

People refused to get carried away, however. There was to be a sizeable chunk of injury time awarded.

9 minutes of Dundalk to hang on for a point and €120,000

— Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) September 15, 2016

AZ 1 Dundalk (with 10 men) 1 – Ciaran Kilduff heads home in the 89th minute. Unbelievable. But there will be loads of injury time.

— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) September 15, 2016

But Dundalk held on for a magnificent result.

Full-time: 1-1. Dundalk get a point in the Netherlands!

— Off The Ball (@offtheball) September 15, 2016

The result, however, offered more than just pride – €120,000 is on offer for any team who draws a game in the Europa League, and fans were quick to put it into perspective.

If they hang on here, that goal will be worth €20,000 more to Dundalk than winning the league.

— emmet malone (@emmetmalone) September 15, 2016

Dundalk hold on here and they pocket €120,000. Pretty amazing for one game when you consider LOI winners walk away with just €100,000.

— Rachel Lynch (@Rachel_Lynchx) September 15, 2016

We can’t wait to see them compete throughout the rest of the competition – on the evidence of tonight, they'll give any team a run for their money.

Dundalk are not lucky, they have dominated Irish football for 3 years and are now just getting a chance to show their capabilities in europe

— Jake O'Donnell (@Jakeodg) September 15, 2016

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