Perugia 1
Dundee 0
UEFA Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)


1 - 0


UEFA Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)
Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
Renatu Curi Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
7:30 PM Kick-off

Massimo Margiotta (72) None.

Team Managers
Serse Cosmi Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Zeljko Kalac
6. Giovanni Ignoffo
14. Souleymane Diamoutene
22. Marco Di Loreto
2. Ferreira Ze Maria
5. Christian Obodo
3. Kostantinos Lompoutis
4. Giovanni Tedesco
20. Massimiliano Fusani
9. Jay Bothroyd
15. Zissis Vryzas
Julian Speroni .1
Lee Wilkie .6
Jonay Hernández .16
Barry Smith .2
David Mackay .3
Lee Mair .19
Gavin Rae .8
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Fabian Caballero .7
Juan Sara .9
Nacho Novo .17

8. Michele Tardioli
17. Jamal Alioui
25. Massimo Ciarlora
44. Fabio Gatti
10. Emanuele Berrettoni
29. Massimo Margiotta
7. Guly do Prado
Jamie Langfield .12
Callum MacDonald .27
Garry Brady .26
Mark Fotheringham .30
Colin Boylan .20
Beto Carranza .7
Bobby Linn .33
Duncan McLean

Massimo Margiotta for Zisis Vryzas (64)
Guly do Prado for Jay Bothroyd (73)
Beto Carranza for David Mackay (76)
Duncan McLean for Fabian Caballero (83)

None. Lee Wilkie (78)
Juan Sara (78)
Lee Mair (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Vladimir Hri?ák (Slovakia) (Referee)
Ivan Bartoš (Slovakia) & Vladimír Mušák (Slovakia) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee's magnificent travelling support in Perugia couldn't lift the team to a winning performance after they toiled against the Serie A side. In truth, the Dees were beaten by a more organised and direct side over the two legs, but Perugia were poor in front of their home support, and if Dundee hadn't taken so long to get into something like top gear then this tie might not have been so comfortable for the Italians.

It was the early stages of the second half before Fabian Caballero came to life and for a spell from that point he. Novo, Sara and Rae began to combine in a way which briefly brought belief that Dundee could rescue their UEFA campaign.

The very vocal home support might have had something to sing about in the opening minute though as a pass from Ze Maria freed Bothroyd with the English striker, turning quickly and racing into the box before firing a low shot which Speroni got down well to hold. The same player again threatened after three minutes, firing a 25 yard free kick into the defensive wall and then lashing the rebound inches over the bar.

Dundee created their first chance in five minutes as Nacho Novo twisted and turned in the box before feeding Juan Sara who made a mess of his shot under pressure from Do Loretta. The impressive Obudu's run set up Vryzas, but the Greek International was crowded out by Wilkie and Smith, the ball broke wide right to Ze Maria and his vicious cross cum shot was palmed over by Speroni on the quarter hour.

Lee Wilkie was harshly penalised midway through the half as Vryzas went down, to the derision of the travelling support, and Dundee were glad to see Ze Maria's thirty yard free kick curl just wide.

Three minutes later Lee Wilkie missed Bothroyd's run onto a through ball and, although he got back, a goal seemed certain until Speroni tipped the Englishman's effort onto the post and away to safety.

The Dees had a real scare seven minutes from the interval. Ze Maria's free kick was head flicked on by Bothroyd and found Tedesco in space at the back post, the Perugia skipper however made a real hash of his shot and it zipped at near right angle across the goal and harmlessly wide. The second half opened with Ze Maria feeding Tedesco thirty yards out and the midfielder driving forward before zipping a shot just over.

Dundee were beginning to look in better shape after the half time team talks and their best move so far started with Caballero freeing Novo down the right, his cross picked out Sara and a header back across the face of goals saw Rae get an effort on target, he had to stretch to get contact though and Kalac gathered easily.

Vryzas had been impressive in the first leg but he looked wasteful on his home turf and he spurned a great opportunity five minutes into the half heading Lobutis' cross well wide from six yards out.

Just before the hour came the chance for Dundee and Sara was heavily involved, the Argentinian striker combining with countryman Caballero before sliding a fine ball to Novo, The Dees' top scorer showed a clean pair of heels to Di Loreto and raced in on goal but Kalac pulled off a great stop from his shot and left everyone with the feeling that if was to have been our night then this had to have counted.

Perugia made the first change immediately after that Novo effort. withdrawing the out of sorts Vryzas and replacing him with another big striker in Margiotti, but it was Dundee who threatened again as Wilkie's 22- yarder flashed just over.

With twenty minutes to go Rae played a one-two with Caballero and muscled past a defender before getting his ten yard shot on target, it lacked the pace to beat Kalac however, and a minute later Dundee were behind.

Ze Maria found space on the right and picked out Margiotta six yards out, the striker steadied himself and fired in a shot which was brilliantly blocked by Dave Mackay only for the rebound to be netted by the Italian hit man.

Three minutes later Jim Duffy threw caution to the wind, bringing on Beto Carranza for Mackay and in 77 minutes Dundee had a claim for a penalty as Sara was bundled over as he tried to get onto the end of Beto's cross. In the immediate aftermath Sara caught Kalac with his studs, it was a bad challenge, but the reaction of the Australian kicking out at the striker deserved a red card. Di Loreto too could have gone after throwing Sara to the ground as a 21 man melee ensued, but to be fair if either had been sent off then Sara should have joined them after the initial challenge. When the dust had settled Slovakian referee Vladimir Hrinak booked Sara and Wilkie, but took no action against Kalac.

With ten minutes to go Duncan McLean replaced the tiring Caballero but apart from being the victim of a cynical tackle as he set off at full pace got little chance to impress. It was an exotic setting for the young striker's competitive first team debut though. Lee Mair was the third Dee to see yellow as he was rightly cautioned for a late challenge on Do Prado but he was one who could hold his head high after turning in another impressive performance.

The final whistle brought applause from the travelling support for the efforts of the players but it was a night when effort wasn't enough, Dundee just didn't play well enough to overcome a Serie A side.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 15th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)24 12 - 79 -
David Mackay22 10 - 712
Barry Smith29 1213223
Jonay Hernández24 9 - 461
Lee Wilkie23 1221025
Lee Mair22 12 - 461
Giorgi Nemsadze31 12 - 955
Gavin Rae25 12323926
Nacho Novo24 1295518
Juan Sara27 9110035
Fabian Caballero25 9 - 10725
Beto Carranza (sub)31 5 - 674
Duncan McLean (sub)20 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at October 15th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.