Dundee 1
Livingston 0
League (Premier League)

1 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 11th, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,712
3:00 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (23)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Jim Leishman

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
2. Barry Smith
17. Walter Del Rio
4. Marcello Marrocco
5. Beto Carranza
21. Alessandro Romano
10. Georgi Nemsadze
8. Gavin Rae
9. Juan Sara
7. Fabian Caballero
Sanchez Broto
Phillipe Brinquin
Marvin Andrews
Oscar Rubio
Gary Bollan
Stuart Lovell
Francisco Quino
David Bingham
David Fernandez
Barry Wilson
Davide Xausa

40. Paul Mathers
14. Beto Garrido
6. Chris Coyne
20. Umberto Fatello
15. Steve Milne
Michael Hart
Nathan Lowndes
Steven Tosh

Beto Garrido for Marcello Marrocco (52)
Steve Milne for Juan Sara (80)
Chris Coyne for Fabian Caballero (90)
Steve Tosh for Francisco Quino (66)
Nathan Lowndes for Davide Xausa (66)
Michael Hart for Barry Wilson (77)

Alessandro Romano (10)
Walter Del Rio (16)
Oscar Rubio (16)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Michael McCurry (Referee)

Match Report

Juan Sara scored his fourth goal of the season to end Livingston's impressive start to the campaign.

There was little to choose between the sides, but Dundee probably just edged it.

The result maintains their own unbeaten start to the season and they can be well pleased with their form so far.

The opening stages saw both sides struggle to create chances but the home side gradually started to dominate.

lessandro Romano tried to set up Fabian Caballero in front of goal but the ball was cleared as he prepared to strike.

Livingston's Davide Xausa then saw a free kick deflected wide.

Juan Sara came close for Dundee when he latched on to a Carranza pass before turning Marvin Andrews in the penalty box.

The Argentine shot from the tightest of angles and was only denied by the quick reflexes of Livingston goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto.

Broto was helpless, though, after 23 minutes. Romano's inch-perfect cross was met by the head of Sara who directed the ball into Broto's bottom right-hand corner.

Livingston upped the pressure and had a couple of good chances to equalise.

David Fernandez set up David Bingham for a shot on the corner of the 18-yard box but the striker was denied by the crossbar.

Moments later, Barry Wilson found Xausa on the edge of the six-yard box but he nodded just over.

Dundee could have doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark but Rae turned Georgi Nemsadze's corner a yard wide of the post.

Livvy had the chance to equalise three minutes before the break when Quino released Fernandez - the striker tried to take the ball round Jamie Langfield but the keeper dived low to block the shot.

The opening minutes of the second half saw both goalkeepers producing stunning saves.

Quino saw his shot turned wide by Langfield's one-handed save two minutes after the re-start, before Spaniard Broto blocked a point-blank shot from Caballero a minute later.

Marcello Marrocco was stretchered off the park in 52 minutes after appearing to fall awkwardly and he was replaced by Alberto Garrido.

Livingston were starting to push forward more as the second-half wore on and Fernandez came close after 60 minutes.

Brinquin's cross was met by Bingham, who touched the ball onto the Spanish striker but he sent the shot high over the crossbar.

Dundee should have grabbed their second with 11 minutes remaining.

Nemsadze's long cross was met by Romano on the right - he squared the ball into the box to Caballero but the striker somehow managed to send the ball past the post.

As the game entered the last five minutes, Livingston could have snatched a point.

Lowndes chested the ball down to substitute Michael Hart, whose shot looked netbound, but Jamie Langfield produced a great save.

Match report written by BBC

Squad Statistics (as at August 11th, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 5 - 19 -
Barry Smith - 5 - 2261
Zurab Khizanishvili - 3 - 9 -
Marcello Marrocco - 5 - 34 -
Walter Del Rio - 4 - 13 -
Georgi Nemsadze - 3 - 442
Alessandro Romano - 5 - 24 -
Beto Carranza - 3 - 293
Gavin Rae - 5114713
Fabian Caballero - 422110
Juan Sara - 544121
Beto Garrido (sub) - 4 - 14 -
Chris Coyne (sub) - 3 - 27 -
Steve Milne (sub)21 5 - 314

League Table (as at August 11th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.