Dundee 2
Hibernian 1
League (Premier League)

2 - 1

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 4th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 9,447
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (9)
Fabian Caballero (62)
John O'Neil (59)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Alex McLeish

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
17. Walter Del Rio
4. Marcello Marrocco
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
2. Barry Smith
8. Gavin Rae
5. Beto Carranza
21. Alessandro Romano
10. Georgi Nemsadze
9. Juan Sara
7. Fabian Caballero
Nick Colgan
Gary Smith
Franck Sauzee
Ulrick Laursen
Ulises de la Cruz
Grant Brebner
Mathias Jack
John O'Neil
Ian Murray
Craig Brewster
Paco Luna

40. Paul Mathers
6. Chris Coyne
14. Beto Garrido
11. Mark Robertson
15. Steve Milne
Tony Caig
Paul Fenwick
Derek Townsley
Garry O'Connor
David Zitelli

Beto Garrido for Georgi Nemsadze (61)
Mark Robertson for Beto Carranza (79)
Steve Milne for Fabian Caballero (81)
Garry O'Connor for Craig Brewster (60)
David Zitelli for Paco Luna (60)
Derek Townsley for Garry O'Connor (82)

Walter Del Rio
Marcello Marrocco
Alessandro Romano
Grant Brebner
Ulrick Laursen

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Dallas (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's South American strikeforce got the goals that clinched victory over Hibernian.

Juan Sara opened the scoring in the first half only to see John O'Neil equalise just before the hour mark.

But Fabian Caballero replied instantly to secure the points for the home side.

Dundee were first to threaten in the fourth minute when midfielder Beto Carranza drove a powerful 20-yard shot which caught the Hibs defence by surprise and screamed just over goalkeeper Nick Colgan's crossbar.

At the other end the impressive wing-back Ulises de la Cruz fired an effort wide of Dundee keeper Jamie Langfield's left-hand post after creating some space in the box.

It was the home side, however, who took the lead in the ninth minute. Fabian Caballero floated a cross in from the left and Juan Sara escaped his marker to head across Colgan from six yards and into the corner of the net.

Dundee were looking creative in attack with Carranza, Caballero and Sara all linking well going forward and in the 24th minute only a tremendous last-gasp tackle from Hibs defender Gary Smith prevented the latter from grabbing his second.

In the 37th minute, Hibs captain Frank Sauzee ventured up the park and when the ball fell to him at the edge of the box he tried his luck with a volley but the ball sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

At the beginning of the second half, De la Cruz had a shot from the edge of the box headed off the line by Carranza.

Dundee should have doubled their lead in the 54th minute when an Alessandro Romano pass sent Carranza clear on the left leaving the Argentine bearing down on goal.

However, the midfielder checked, stepped inside and blasted the ball high over the bar.

A minute later Romano himself had a go from 25 yards and was unlucky to see his swerving shot clip the bar and go over.

The home side were pushing hard for a second and only a great Nick Colgan save from a powerful Zura Khizanishvili header prevented Dundee going further ahead.

But it was Hibs who grabbed an equaliser out of the blue in the 59th minute.

The Dundee defence made a hash of clearing their lines and John O'Neil pounced to drive the ball past Langfield from 12 yards.

But only three minutes later Caballero restored the home side's lead when he picked up a Colgan clearance, rounded the keeper and shot low into the corner of the net from 14 yards.

Dundee might have added a third but in the end they comfortably held on to take the points.

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at August 4th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 4 - 18 -
Marcello Marrocco - 4 - 33 -
Walter Del Rio - 3 - 12 -
Barry Smith - 4 - 2251
Zurab Khizanishvili - 2 - 8 -
Gavin Rae - 4114613
Georgi Nemsadze - 2 - 432
Alessandro Romano - 4 - 23 -
Beto Carranza - 2 - 283
Fabian Caballero - 322010
Juan Sara - 434020
Beto Garrido (sub) - 3 - 13 -
Mark Robertson (sub) - 3 - 7 -
Steve Milne (sub)21 4 - 304

League Table (as at August 4th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

First of all, can I welcome everyone back to Dens Park at the start of another season which I hope will be as exciting as the last and one in which we show further improvement.

When I arrived here twelve months ago, the initial target was to secure a top six finish. That we achieved, but during the forthcoming campaign, we want to go one step further and qualify for Europe as a reward for own efforts rather than by entering the Intertoto Cup as we did this season.

And in my opinion our prospects of reaching that goal are very bright. Whilst as yet we have no new faces on board putting the likes of Beto Carranza, Juan Sara and Fabian Caballero on long term contracts. does, given the quality of these players, reflect the determination at the Club to maintain and improve upon, what was achieved in my first season as manager

The three Argentinians were just several of the players to pledge their future to the club.

They followed in the footsteps of Gavin Rae, Beto Garrido, Giorgi Nemsadze and more recently two of the young Scots in the side did likewise, which can only be good for our future

But that is not to say that I am happy with the depth of our pool.

Hence earlier this week, was back in Italy completing the signing of defender Luis Medero. Like goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who has been at Dens for several weeks now, the pair are awaiting their Italian passports to be issued so that begin their Dens Park career.

Hopefully, that will be in the very near future because having a solid back four is one of my top priorities this term.

Fortunately, Walter del Rio showed up very well at Tannadice last week and having a player slotting in the way he did is exactly the kind of options I want and Medero's arrival will obviously strengthen us defensively.

Having secured Luis' signature, the next step will be to add a striker to the squad. Having said that, I am more than happy with the three at my disposal, but fully acknowledge that we do need more cover in that area, though don't expect any immediate signings.

I have no doubt that our fans were as disappointed as everyone in the dressing room was at the loss of a late equaliser at Tannadice on the opening day of the season which prevented us getting off to a winning start

However, when you don't kill off the opposition as we failed to do, you are always at risk of conceding a goal from a set piece.

Our big mistake was not to push forward and I don't know why we didn't do that get a third goal which would have sealed victory.

I know that some people will point out that we again lost a late goal, as we did on too many occasions last season, but the tendency then was to lose.

At least on this occasion, we drew which has to be good. Overall, considering it was our first game of the season, our performance was quite good and we have something to build upon. And from the moment the final whistle sounded last weekend, we have been preparing hard for this afternoon's match.

Given that we lost all four games to Hibs last season, this will be a real test of just how much we have improved.

Ivano Bonetti