Aberdeen 0
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


0 - 2


League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 14th, 2000
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 16,035
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ivano Bonetti (28)
Claudio Caniggia (90)

Team Managers
Ebbe Skovdahl Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
23. Ryan Esson
17. David Rowson
24. Phill McGuire
3. Derek Whyte
31. Kevin McNaughton
4. Cato Guntveit
8. Eoin Jess
25. Darren Mackie
9. Robbie Winters
18. Chris Clark
21. Derek Young
Robert Douglas .1
Marcello Marrocco .4
Marco De Marchi .5
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .6
Gavin Rae .14
Javier Artero .18
Alessandro Romano .29
Ivano Bonetti .8
Steven Milne .15
Juan Sara .9

30. David Preece
6. Jamie McAllister
26. Mark Perry
16. Rachid Belabed
12. Andy Dow
Jamie Langfield .3
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Beto Carranza .25
Michael Yates .16
Claudio Caniggia .33

Rachid Belabed for Cato Guntveit (70)
Andy Dow for Darren Mackie (79)
Claudio Caniggia for Steven Milne (46)
Giorgi Nemsadze for Juan Sara (58)
Beto Carranza for Javier Artero (79)

Phill McGuire
Derek Whyte (69)
Phil McGuire (91)

Red Cards
Phil McGuire (91) Gavin Rae (61)

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)
Stuart McAulay & Robert Johnston (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Claudio Caniggia made a dream debut for Dundee with the killer second goal five minutes into injury time to finally sink a brave Aberdeen who battled for everything.

The Argentinian international only came off the bench on the stroke of half-time as replacement for the injured Steven Milne. He then had a frustrating time as a lone hit-man as the visitors played most of the second period with just 10 men after Gavin Rae was sent off for retaliation near the start of that second period.

Rae had to walk for stupidly flattening Philip McGuire after winning a foul, but, ironically, the Aberdeen defender also found himself back in the dressing-room before the end.

He had to go for a dreadful late challenge on Caniggia in the last minute and the former Roma and Atalanta striker had the last laugh just when it looked like the visitors were hanging on for a single-goal win.

The Dons pushed too many players forward, and substitute Georgi Nemsadze broke away before feeding Caniggia with a perfect pass.

The big money man showed his class by waiting for Ryan Esson to narrow the angle before sticking a delightful left-foot shot into the far corner to send the Dark Blue hordes home very happy to Tayside.

It was hard luck on a hard-working home team who never gave up, but simply lacked the experience and skill that their big-spending rivals now have in spades.

The early disappointment for the 2500 Dundee fans who snapped up their tickets for the game in record time was that Caniggia was on the bench.

His place up front went to young Steven Milne, who, last season, was voted Forfar player of the year after a highly productive spell at Station Park on loan. It must have been a real boost for the classy kid to keep the Argentinian superstar waiting just a little bit longer for a debut appearance in the Dark Blue colours.

In fact, it was a show of strength at Dens Park nowadays that Georgian skipper Nemsadze and that other recent Argentinian import Beto Carranza were also only listed as substitutes.

Aberdeen kept faith with the classy kids that had been the first Scottish team not to lose to Celtic this season, meaning there were six U/21s in the starting line-up again.

Milne almost made a dream start as the youngster found himself clear in the box, but he could only turn Javier Artero's cross over the bar from point-blank range.

It was a great game with both teams going forward at pace, and Rab Douglas showed why Celtic and Rangers both wanted him with a stunning save. Robbie Winters got clear in the box with a great bit of skill and hit a powerful left foot shot, but the Scotland squad member made a stunning reflex save to turn the ball round the post.

Within seconds, Bonetti had scored a quite superb goal at the other end after Juan Sara broke forward into the Aberdeen penalty area at speed.

The ball broke back to the Italian, and he hit a sublime chip from 25 yards that comfortably cleared Ryan Esson and dipped in under the crossbar.

That seldom looked enough until Caniggia struck as the Dons poured forward looking for a way back, but they came up against an inspired Douglas, who will be sorely missed when he heads for Glasgow.

Man of the Match RAB DOUGLAS showed what a loss he will be to the Dark Blues with a great performance for the visitors. Dundee simply had too much class for a hard-working Aberdeen.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 14th, 2000)

2000-01 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)28 13 - 133 -
Barry Smith26 13 - 1921
Marco De Marchi - 7 - 7 -
Marcello Marrocco31 9 - 9 -
Steven Tweed28 13 - 633
Alessandro Romano31 7 - 7 -
Javier Artero25 121212
Gavin Rae22 9 - 1138
Ivano Bonetti - 9191
Juan Sara24 126126
Steven Milne20 4 - 6 -
Giorgi Nemsadze (sub)28 13 - 13 -
Beto Carranza (sub)28 1 - 1 -
Claudio Caniggia (sub)33 1111

League Table (as at October 14th, 2000)

No league table has been added for this season.