Dundee 0
Rangers 1
League (Premier League)

0 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 24th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,778
12:55 PM Kick-off

None. Bert Konterman (76)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Dick Advocaat

Starting Eleven
1. Marco Roccati
6. Steven Tweed
22. Chris Coyne
2. Barry Smith
5. Marco De Marchi
14. Gavin Rae
36. Beto Garrido
18. Javier Artero
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
33. Claudio Caniggia
9. Juan Sara
Stefan Klos .1
Robert Malcolm .33
Scott Wilson .19
Lorenzo Amoruso .4
Sergio Porrini .21
Barry Ferguson .6
Bert Konterman .15
Tugay Kerimoglu .17
Allan Johnston .24
Tore Andre Flo .22
Neil McCann .18

3. Jamie Langfield
26. Walter Del Rio
28. Marco Russo
11. Willie Falconer
16. Michael Yates
Jesper Christiansen .20
Jani Kauppila .35
Stephen Carson .45
Kenny Miller .23
Billy Dodds .16

None. Kenny Miller for Neil McCann (72)
Billy Dodds for Allan Johnston (75)

Marco De Marchi (62)
Lorenzo Amoruso (74)
Barry Ferguson (26)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Derek Lowe & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)
Mike Ritchie (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Thank goodness this game did not require a penalty shoot-out to find a winner. Despite the 12.55 pm kick-off we'd still be at Dens Park yet if it did.

Referee Hugh Dallas awarded three spot-kicks, two to Dundee. Yet all three 12-yard efforts were squandered.

Incredibly, the goal which did decide this enthralling encounter came from a 30-yard, short free-kick at the second attempt!

Dundee 'keeper Roccati saved the first try by Rangers skipper Amoruso. However, the ref was still trying to get Dundee's wall back 10 yards, and allowed Rangers a retake, even though they were happy to take the first attempt quickly.

Second time round Tugay touched the ballbto Bert Konterman and his low shot beat Roccati low to his right. Dundee will feel hard done by this morning. But, at the end of the day, if you miss twonpenalties you don't deserve to win.

Argentinian striker Juan Sara didn't evennhit the target with either attempt. No wonder the teams left the park to the strains of Don't Cry For Me Argentina over the loud speaker.

In keeping with the general madness, TV replays showed Dundee's first penalty in first-half injury-time should only have been a free-kick on the edge of the box when Wilson brought Sara down.

Initially a free-kick was all the referee awarded, but he took the wrong advice of his stand-side assistant and changed his mind. Irrespective, Sara blasted the ball high and wide.

When Amoruso then brought down Claudio Caniggia in the 74th minute everyone inside Dens was amazed to see Sara step up again. Surely he couldn't miss for a second time?

But he did, just as spectacularly.

To rub salt into Dundee's wounds, Konterman's winning goal arrived just two minutes later.

Even then the fun and games were not over. With five minutes remaining Dallas awarded Rangers a spot-kick when Tweed obstructed substitute Billy Dodds.

It looked soft, as was Dodds' effort from the spot. He struck his shot wide of Roccati's right-hand post.

It was a bizarre afternoon all round. The game started in a blizzard and ended in bright sunshine. And there was never a dull moment.

Rangers started well and Roccati made two great saves from Flo early on.

However, slowly but surely, Dundee dragged themselves into the match thanks to some subtle prompting from Giorgi Nemsadze and the ever-willing Caniggia.

In fact for long spells in the second half the Dens Parkers pinned Rangers in their own box.

Artero struck the bar and it was all Rangers could do to hang on as the home side produced some delightful football.

To Rangers' credit, however, they were never slow to get men forward when they had possession, but, at the end of the day, the result flattered the visitors.

Klos, Malcolm, Wilson, Ferguson and Tugay were their best.

Dundee had sterling service from Roccati, Garrido, Nemsadze and Caniggia.

There were three bookings, all for late tackles. De Marchi on Tugay, Amoruso on Caniggia at the second penalty and Ferguson on Nemsadze.

Man of the Match GIORGI NEMSADZE. The Georgian international skipper didn't waste a ball all afternoon.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 18 - 18 -
Steven Tweed28 301804
Marco De Marchi - 17 - 17 -
Barry Smith27 32 - 2111
Chris Coyne22 13 - 13 -
Giorgi Nemsadze28 301301
Javier Artero25 302393
Beto Garrido - 1 - 1 -
Gavin Rae23 26213010
Juan Sara24 26132613
Claudio Caniggia34 187187

League Table (as at February 24th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Wednesday evening's defeat by Dunfermline obviously dealt a severe blow to our hopes of a top six finish.

But as everyone in this league knows, if we can turn the recent run of bad results round, then all is not lost, although we realise that achieving our goal is now that much harder.

Team-wise, we went into the game with Dunfermline in poor shape with several players out injured or suspended, not to mention that one or two were carrying knocks.

Consequently, it was difficult to know what to say to my players.

The situation was grave enough before the start and then we found ourselves losing two more players. early on and had a third, Marcello Marrocco, at the stage where he was only able to play to a fraction of his capabilities.

There was some skill from my players and we created three good chances, but for me there was very little quality in the game and it was disappointing.

So is the knock on effect, because. Steven Milne, who had been doing very well until he was injured, will definitely miss out this afternoon, whilst Marcello Marrocco and Beto Carranza are very doubtful

In addition, Alessandro Romano who missed the match on Wednesday is unavailable and has had to return to Italy with a recurrence of his pancreas problem.

That is obviously a big blow for us because it is a serious condition, but I will carry on giving the young players the chance to show what they can do.

Fortunately, we are in better shape to meet Rangers as we can welcome back Steven Tweed, Giorgi Nemsadze and Juan Sara from suspension which means that we will be stronger all departments.

And, of course, we will need to be as we face a Rangers side still with a chance, albeit, an outside one, of retaining the title, but also focused on at least claiming second spot so that they will again qualify for the Champions League.

There was little between the sides. when we drew here earlier in the season in what was a very good game technically, though lacking a great deal of goalmouth action.

Six months later with a win so essential for both side's causes, a much more intense encounter is in prospect.