Dundee Dumped Out

By Mr_Winchester
Last updated : 15 October 2003
Dundee made their exit from the UEFA cup with their heads held high after a spirited performance against Perugia. Trying to overhaul and 2-1 defeat at Dens Park and following a poor first-half performance, Dundee succumbed to the typical hard luck story, losing out to a bad goal. The home side signalled their intentions not to sit on their first-leg lead when visiting 'keeper Julian Speroni was forced into a save from Englishman Jay Bothroyd after only 15 seconds. Two minutes later the ex-Coventry striker rattled his 20-yard drive just over the bar. On a chilly autumnal evening, Speroni was kept busy throughout the first half.

With his defenders struggling with the Italians' movement, the goalkeeper stopped several Bothroyd and Ze Maria efforts. With 20 minutes on the clock, the Brazilian hit a superb 20-yard free-kick just wide then one minute later the same player was unfortunate with another shot, having being gifted a ball by Lee Wilkie.
The pressure was incessant but Dundee continued to survive. Speroni was in excellent form and somehow diverted Bothroyd's 23rd minute shot on to the bar when a goal seemed certain.

Knowing they required two goals and with over 2,000 fans behind them, the visitors moved up a gear in the second half and Gavin Rae was unfortunate when the keeper was well placed for his 46th minute header. Nacho Novo, who had been quiet, finally grabbed the attention in the 60th minute. Dancing round two defenders, he fired in a tremendous shot, which the keeper superbly turned away for a corner. This seemed to inspire the winger and both he and Fabian Caberello began to give some concern to the hosts. But despite the pressure, Dundee went down in the 71st minute to a poor goal. Ze Maria broke down the right flank and was given space to cross. Wilkie who was not having his best game, flapped at the clearance giving substitute Massimo Margiotta, two attempts to strike with the ball home. After all their efforts in the second half, this was the goal that sunk Dundee and ended hopes of progress in Europe.

Perugia: Kalac, Ignoffo, Diamoutene, Di Loreto, Obodo, Lompoutis, Ze Maria, Tedesco, Bothroyd, Fusani, Vryzas
Subs: Tardioli, Alioui, Gatti, Do Prado, Berrettoni, Margiotta, Ciarlora

Dundee: Speroni, Mackay, Wilkie, Mair, Hernandez Santos, Nemsadze, Rae, Smith, Novo, Sara, Caballero
Subs: Langfield, Brady, Carranza, McDonald, McLean, Boylan, Fotheringham

Referee: Vladimir Hrinak (Slovakia)

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