Heart of Midlothian 3
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


3 - 1


League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 18th, 2001
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 12,259
3:00 PM Kick-off

Colin Cameron (12)
Gary Wales (13)
Gary Wales (17)
Giorgi Nemsadze (86)

Team Managers
Craig Levein Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
26. Antti Niemi
5. Kevin McKenna
4. Steven Pressley
3. Stéphane Mahé
10. Colin Cameron
7. Thomas Flögel
6. Scott Severin
28. Stephen Simmons
16. Steve Fulton
20. Juanjo Carricondo
15. Gary Wales
Jamie Langfield .1
Walter Del Rio .17
Barry Smith .2
Zurab Khizanishvili .13
Gavin Rae .8
Beto Garrido .14
Beto Carranza .5
Alessandro Romano .21
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Juan Sara .9
Fabian Caballero .7

13. Roddy McKenzie
23. Andy Webster
12. Steven Boyack
14. Andy Kirk
18. Austin McCann
Paul Mathers .40
Chris Coyne .6
Umberto Fatello .20
Mark Robertson .11
Steven Milne .15

Steven Boyack for Stephen Simmons (66)
Andy Kirk for Gary Wales (81)
Austin McCann for Steve Fulton (89)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (72)

None. Giorgi Nemsadze (19)
Fabian Caballero (27)
Beto Carranza (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Toner (Referee)

Match Report

For Walter del Rio and the rest of the Argentinians in the Dundee side it was meant to be a proud day.

They were wearing their country's colours-albeit for their club-as the Dens men donned the famous sky blue and white stripes for the first time as they visited Tynecastle on Saturday.

The new strip, which had only just been delivered, was designed to honour the club's connection with the South American nation and Del Rio and his compatriots Beto Carranza, Beto Garrido, Juan Sara and Fabian Caballero were all in the line-up to face Hearts.

But, unfortunately for the large Dundee following, rather than resemble the twice world champions, the visitors defended more like San Marino as they lost their unbeaten SPL record.

A disastrous five minute spell-from the 12th to the 17th-saw them lose three goals.

The first resulted from a lack of respect for Colin Cameron and his ability to run into dangerous attacking positions from midfield.

Dundee had watched the Scotland man do exactly that twice, before-third time lucky-he fired a Steve Fulton free-kick into the net as his opponents argued among themselves.

The Dark Blues had reason to feel aggrieved with the second one, with not the 'Hand of God' but the fist of Stephen Simmons being used to dispossess Georgi Nemsadze.

Simmons raced on and played in Gary Wales, who finished things off in style. Wales then grabbed the third-again off a Simmons assist-and Del Rio and Co were reeling.

"I was wearing the Argentina jersey and it was a great feeling- I couldn't wait to get out on to the pitch," he said.

"It was very nice for me to wear those colours and I was looking forward to it very much. We were all up for this match.

"Unfortunately, five crazy minutes and we were 3-0 down-it was unbelievable. It is very disappointing and now all we can do is work hard and make sure that doesn't happen to us again."

It could have been a lot worse for Del Rio, who was lucky to finish the first half, never mind the match.

As the interval approached, spats between players were breaking out all over the pitch. The worst one involved Del Rio and Hearts frontman Juanjo, with referee Kevin Toner, his assistant Gordon Hunter and the TV camera crew the only people in the stadium to miss the big defender's knee going into his opponent's lower back.

Del Rio chose to play the incident down, saying, "We said things to each other in Spanish and maybe he was trying to get me a card by going down.

"But there was no problem-it is normal in football for these things to happen."

However, Juanjo countered, "It was a very clear incident and an obvious red card.

"I don't know if the linesman saw it, but I really do not know what was in the mind of the Dundee player. I was waiting to play the ball and he came in behind me and just kicked me.

"It was a definite red card and I can only assume that the referee did not see it."

Dundee dug deep and produced some excellent attacking play in the second half and went close on several occasions.

However, they were handicapped by striker Juan Sara's annoying habit of straying offside.

Indeed, Dundee 'won' the game's offside count 16-4, which says it all.

After a Sara 'goal' had been chalked off for the obvious offence, they were rewarded with a strike to remember from Nemsadze, who danced through the home defence before unleashing a superb shot past keeper Antti Niemi to make it 3-1. But, coming as it did with only four minutes to go, it was a mere consolation counter.

"We didn't give ourselves much of a chance losing three silly goals like that," said Nemsadze's midfield colleague Gavin Rae.

"One of our problems was a lack of concentration-myself included. Maybe if we had scored just before half-time or the start of the second half we could have done something but we were always up against it."

Dundee boss Ivano Bonetti vowed it was the last time his team would lose out to Hearts.

"I thought we showed strong mentality in the second half-it's always difficult to play when you're already three goals down," he said.

"Nemsadze scored a wonderful goal and it's always nice to see good football.

"This is the point where we have to start working hard because that is the last time we want to lose against Hearts. We've got better players and more quality than them."

Maybe so, but Hearts do have Cameron and he will need to be watched more closely next time around.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 6 - 20 -
Walter Del Rio25 5 - 14 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 4 - 10 -
Barry Smith27 6 - 2271
Giorgi Nemsadze29 41453
Alessandro Romano31 6 - 25 -
Beto Carranza29 4 - 303
Beto Garrido - 5 - 15 -
Gavin Rae23 6114813
Fabian Caballero23 522210
Juan Sara24 644221
Steven Milne (sub)21 6 - 324

League Table (as at August 18th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.