Aberdeen 0
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


0 - 2


League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 7th, 2001
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 11,805
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Giorgi Nemsadze (52)
Fabian Caballero (63)

Team Managers
Ebbe Skovdahl Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
20. Ryan Esson
5. Thomas Solberg
4. Cato Guntveit
3. Derek Whyte
24. Phil McGuire
3. Jamie McAllister
19. Darren Young
21. Derek Young
17. David Rowson
10. Arild Stavrum
9. Robbie Winters
Jamie Langfield .3
Steven Tweed .6
Marcello Marrocco .4
Zurab Khizanishvili .30
Chris Coyne .22
Gavin Rae .14
Beto Carranza .25
Javier Artero .18
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Fabian Caballero .7
Juan Sara .9

30. David Preece
12. Andy Dow
16. Rachid Belabed
14. Darren Mackie
15. David Lilley
Michael Hankinson .40
Walter Del Rio .26
Umberto Fatello
Beto Garrido .36
Willie Falconer .11

Rachid Belabed for Darren Young (58)
Darren Mackie for Cato Guntveit (58)
Andy Dow for Jamie McAllister (65)
Beto Garrido for Javier Artero (22)

None. Chris Coyne (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Tonner (Referee)
Jim Dunne & Graeme Curr (Assistants)
Calum Murray (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti and his players only made it into the top-six of the SPL at the death, but their supporters celebrated nearly as hard as Celtic and their followers at the end of this game.

This was the Dark Blues' fifth win on the bounce at Pittodrie, but was the one that mattered above all else as news of Dunfermline's demise filtered through from Ayrshire.

Bonetti and his men danced for joy in front of their enthusiastic fans, knowing that the likes of Celtic and Rangers await in the few remaining weeks.

The massive gamble in importing a galaxy of stars paid off, but it was a cliffhanger that went right to the wire, with the Dens Park men doing it the hard way. And they achieved their aim even without their superstar Claudio Caniggia, who missed this derby due to a hamstring injury, with his place going to Fabian Caballero.

This was one of the Dons worst performances of the season and never once was stand-in keeper Jamie Langfield given a shot to save, as Robbie Winters and Arild Stavrum squandered great early chances.

Dundee were goal-shy in the first half, but Caballero and Giorgi Nemsadze changed that after the break. Their band of foreigners were too wily for the Dons youngsters but couldn't deliver the killer touch early on, with born-again Christian Juan Sara the main sinner.

Twice the Argentinian striker was through with only keeper Ryan Esson to beat only to botch both chances. However, at the other end the Dons rarely looked capable of unlocking Dundee's defence.

A half-time pep-talk from boss Ivano Bonetti put the missing spark back into the visitors attack and they made the breakthrough six minutes after the re-start, with a stunning goal from Nemsadze.

The Georgian international effortlessly drifted past two defenders then exploded a 20-yard drive beyond keeper Esson for only his second goal of the season.

Dundee underlined their superiority when they went further ahead 12 minutes later, when Sara and substitute Beto Garrido combined to prise the opening.

Comeback star Caballero was left to power in a drive which took a deflection to leave the hapless Esson stranded and mark his first start since last September in style.

There was only one booking when Dundee defender Chris Coyne was cautioned for a foul on Derek Young.

Man of the Match - Dundee's GIORGI NEMSADZE was brilliant throughout and it's amazing to think that his vital goal wasbonly the second the Georgian internationalbhas scored this season.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at April 7th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 4 - 9 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 2 - 2 -
Marcello Marrocco31 29 - 29 -
Steven Tweed28 361864
Chris Coyne22 20 - 20 -
Beto Carranza28 222222
Gavin Rae23 33413712
Giorgi Nemsadze28 372372
Javier Artero25 373464
Fabian Caballero23 126126
Juan Sara24 33163316
Beto Garrido (sub) - 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at April 7th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.