Dundee 0
FK Sartid Smederevo 0
Intertoto Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)

0 - 0

Intertoto Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)
Saturday, June 16th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,511
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jovica Skoro

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
6. Chris Coyne
2. Barry Smith
4. Marcello Marrocco
23. Lee Wilkie
18. Javier Artero
11. Mark Robertson
8. Gavin Rae
14. Beto Garrido
21. Alessandro Romano
9. Juan Sara
Nenad Lukic .12
Dragan Glogovac .18
Dragan Radoeavuevic.8
Srdjan Aleksic .2
Milerad Mrdak .5
Marko Socanac .3
Goran Bogdanovic .7
Boris Vaskovic .6
Milerad Zecevic .9
Demir Ramovic .21
Nenad Mircsavijevic .30

Derek Soutar
17. Walter Del Rio
20. Umberto Fatello
Ivano Bonetti
7. Fabian Caballero
15. Steven Milne
Dejan Rankovic .22
Darko Savic .17
Ivan Krizmanic .20
Radivej Panic .19
Bosko Balaban .16
Sasa Antunovic .13
Dragan Paunovic .11

Steven Milne for Mark Robertson (46)
Fabian Caballero for Juan Sara (62)
Ivano Bonetti for Beto Garrido (71)
Radivej Panic for Goran Bogdanovic (86)
Dragan Paunovic for Milerad Zecevic (88)
Sasa Atunovic for Nenad Mircsavijevic (77)

Chris Coyne (56)
Demir Ramovic (51)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tommy Skjevern (Norway) (Referee)
Steinar Holvik & Odd Arne Vangen (Assistants)

Match Report

Sadly, Dundee's long- overdue return to European arena had nothing in common with their the Continental debut all of 39 years ago. Mind you, beating Cologne 8-1 really would take some emulating. Alan Gilzean himself scored three goals that night.

However, by playing just Juan Sara up front on his own, Dundee didn't even look like scoring once on this occasion.

For a team that scored so freely last season, manager Ivano Bonetti's tactics were surprising to say the least.

Dundee displayed good control when they were in possession. However, they did not get anyone forward from midfield quickly enough to support last season's leading scorer Sara.

Not giving the ball away is admirable, but, without urgency, it achieves nothing, and Sartid keeper Nenad Lukic did not have a save worthy of the name.

With the Yugoslavs content to play-act and time-waste, the supporters got little or no entertainment for their admission money.

The weak Norwegian referee let them make a mockery of things, allowing Sartid to continually feign injury and receive lengthy treatment for next to nothing.

At one stage, we had the spectacle of Dundee's midfield player Alessandro Romano dragging off a Yugoslav as he produced the dying-swan act.

That's how farcical this game became.

The appearance of Fabian Caballero for Sara just after the hour brought the crowd to life, and the Argentine almost snatched a sensational victory deep into injury time.

However, his 20-yard shot skidded just wide of the post.

Dundee had previously altered their tactics by replacing midfielder Mark Robertson, by no means their worst player, with striker Steven Milne.

Unfortunately, the tone had been set earlier, and no number of substitutions was going to alter things. Not even the introduction of player-manager Bonetti himself. Now Dundee must travel to the other side of the Danube knowing they must score if.they are to progress in the Intertoto Cup.

Unless they inject some passion into their play, the Dark Blues look destined for early elimination, because Sartid are sure to have a real go on home soil.

In fact, they started here as if they were serious about scoring. However, after just 15 minutes, they withdrew into a negative shell.

In the end, the tie just died on its feet. Certainly, this type of approach will do nothing to attract fans back.

The closest the home team came to scoring was just before Caballero's appearance. Australian defender Chris Coyne was just too high with a powerful header from a Romano corner.

Dundee's only other chance came early on when Romano released Javier Artero with a glorious cross-field pass. However, the Spaniard miscued his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

This boring affair can't even be blamed on summer sunshine.

Although the longest day is fast approaching, conditions were more in keeping with the shortest day.

This particular competition has never caught the imagination of fans anywhere in Europe. It is played at the wrong time by average sides.

Dundee's season has just ended and the players look more in need of a rest than a run in Europe. Only Marrocco and Artero caught the eye for Dundee.

Sartid's skipper Goran Bogdanovic was easily the Yugoslav side's most- accomplished performer.

There were two bookings. Coyne for a tackle from behind and Ramovic for obstructing Romano.

Oh, for an Alan Gilzean!

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at June 16th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 1 - 15 -
Chris Coyne22 1 - 25 -
Lee Wilkie21 1 - 391
Marcello Marrocco31 1 - 30 -
Barry Smith27 1 - 2221
Javier Artero26 1 - 504
Alessandro Romano31 1 - 20 -
Beto Garrido - 1 - 11 -
Gavin Rae23 1 - 14312
Mark Robertson24 1 - 6 -
Juan Sara24 1 - 3717
Ivano Bonetti (sub) - 1 - 202
Steven Milne (sub)21 1 - 274
Fabian Caballero (sub)23 1 - 188

League Table (as at June 16th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Dens for the club's long-awaited return to the European stage.

I have to say that I very much enjoyed last season and it's been wonderful in the Scottish League and we will look to do even better in the forthcoming season.

The new term promises to be very tough because today we are entering an additional tournament, so we will need to work hard.

Given the early start to this competition, our preparation, inevitably has not been ideal, given that we only have eight days training under our belts.

However, with last season having finished less than a month ago, the players had to have sometime off and although we may not be at peak fitness for this tie, you can rest assured that we will be giving it our best shot.

Additionally, we are not at full strength as Giorgi Nemsdaze and Zurab Khizanishvili have been given time off until the end of the month after being involved in two World Cup ties earlier this month, whilst Beto Carranza is still in Argentina where is wife is expecting a baby.

Their absence, however, gives some of the youngsters like Lee Wilkie and Steven Milne an opportunity which I hope they can make the most of and of course, this being the first game, we have no injuries with which to contend.

And certainly, from Kenny Cameron's very comprehensive dossier on this afternoon's opponents, we know that we are in for a very testing tie.

Apart from being a good passing side, they are also possess a couple of very skilful players.

As you'd expect with most top European sides, they are technically very able.

However, one factor which may be against them is the weather. It has been very cold this week as we have prepared for Sartid's visit, and hopefully, it will remain that way.

Overall, I do feel that with a bit of luck we can progress, but even if the worst happens and we do fail to qualify for the next round, there is no doubt that this will have been a worthwhile exercise because of the experience which the players will have gained from playing in Europe.