Could Cardiff Be On The Cards?

A visit to the Cardiff City Stadium could be on the cards for The New Saints, were they to be victorious in their Europa League tie against Lincoln Red Imps.

With Park Hall not meeting UEFA requirements beyond the second qualifying round, the home of the Wales national team will be the destination of choice.

The 33,280 seater stadium makes its return to the English Premier League this season, following Cardiff City’s promotion, and hosted the UEFA Super Cup final in 2014 between Real Madrid and Sevilla.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final in 2017 between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain was played there as well.

This wouldn’t be the first time The Saints have played a home game in the capital though.

Back in 2003, current English champions, Manchester City, were the visitors to the Millennium Stadium for a UEFA Cup qualifying match, running out 2-0 winners on the night.

Should TNS see off Lincoln, their potential opponents would be the losers of the Champions League second qualifying round tie between FC Astana or FC Midtjylland.

The side from Kazakhstan hold a slender 2-1 lead over the Danes courtesy of a stoppage time winning goal from László Kleinheisler in their first leg tonight.

But with Midtjylland grabbing a priceless away goal, the tie remains delicately poised.

The potential match in Cardiff would take place on Thursday 9th of August.

Lead image: The Cardiff City Stadium ahead of  Wales vs Belgium in a European Championship qualifier. Credit: FAW

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