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Spurs to face Shamrock

Tottenham will face Irish giantkillers Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League group stage.

Rovers, the first Irish side to have progressed to this stage of European football, beat Partizan Belgrade 2-1 on Thursday night to secure a place in Friday's draw.

The clubs are in Group A against Rubin Kazan, from Russia, and Greek side PAOK Salonika.

Shamrock chairman Jonathan Roche said the Spurs fixture was a dream come true for the fans.

He said: "We would have taken anybody, it's a great draw for our fans. Tottenham are so close to us. Last night was an historic occasion for us and to top it off like this, it hasn't quite soaked in.

"It's been an unbelievable two days. Five years ago we were relegated, then the fans took over the club. We won the league for first time in 16 years last season.

"Hopefully now this shows people that we play a good style of football. It's not really about the money but it's the whole razzmatazz and the whole profile on the football club. Hopefully we can do ourselves justice."

Roche insisted that the club would first see if they could play their home games at their 6,000-seat Tallaght stadium but that the Aviva stadium would be an option.

He added: "We will sit down with our association and see what the best thing is for ourselves.

"We might hope to use our ground because it is our home ground and that's where we will try our best to actually play. It might need a few adjustments but we will hopefully work on that first."

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