The official website for European football

Dundee learn Perugia's lessons

Published: Wednesday 24 September 2003, 22.10CET
Dundee FC 1-2 AC Perugia Determined Dundee receive a masterclass in the counterattack.

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 September 2003, 22.10CET

Dundee learn Perugia's lessons

Dundee FC 1-2 AC Perugia Determined Dundee receive a masterclass in the counterattack.

A thunderous late strike from Massimiliano Fusani earned AC Perugia victory in an end-to-end UEFA Cup first round first-leg encounter and severely dented Dundee FC's chances of progressing.

Bright start
Exciting stuff it may have been, but it was not the result the Scottish side wanted and leaves the Italian outfit in the driving seat for the return. Indeed, Perugia started off the brightest, testing Dundee's Argentinian keeper Julian Speroni from the first whistle.

Speroni overworked
Jose Ferreira worked on his judgement and athleticism with a powerful lob from midfield, whilst Zisas Vryzas, who scored against AC Milan in Serie A action at the weekend, examined Speroni's reflexes from closer range.

On the break
Dundee had the better run of play in the first half, forcing Perugia to rely on counterattacks. Juan Sara and Ignacio Novo ran ceaselessly at the Perugia back line, bursting through it on occasion, but with top scorer Fabian Cabellero suspended, there was nobody there to get the ball into the back of the net.

Wasted chances
Perugia were at their most dangerous on the counterattack. Just after the break Sara missed the clearest chance of the game with an open header from two metres out. He soon rued that miss as goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac pushed the ball upfield and Marco Di Loreto got his foot to a cross and knocked it over the outstretched Speroni.

Brady's impact
The goal spurred Dundee on. Garry Brady came on for the weary Steve Lovell and immediately made an impact. His persistance in the box led to a corner that he took, aiming it at the bald head of Lee Wilkie. Unlike his strikers, the central defender made no mistake.

Finely balanced
After that either team could have scored, although Perugia looked more likely to make something out of nothing. Right up to the end, chips and shots rained in from midfield, all of which Speroni was able to gather.

Lusani lurking
That was until Fusani found himself unmarked outside the box in the 84th minute. He gathered the ball, controlled it, then turned and launched a fabulous goal-bound shot. Dundee's tiredness had cost them dear.

Educational experience
After the game, Dundee manager Jim Duffy said he was proud of their attitude. "The team gave 100 per cent," he said. "That was an education for us but we are still in the tie. Their winner was a classic case of counterattack. It was a fantastic game of fooball."

Cabellero's return
Dundee have made things difficult for themselves by leaking two away goals but with the lessons they have learned, and the return of Caballero, Duffy belives they are still in with a chance. "You never know," he added. "They might get complacent at home, and we should have a few players back, so it is all to play for."

Last updated: 25/09/03 10.58CET

Related information

Team profiles
  • SSI Err
  • SSI Err
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2003/matches/round=1718/match=73423/postmatch/report/index.html#dundee+learn+perugias+lessons

Lineups

dundee

Dundee

perugia

Perugia

1
SperoniJulian Speroni (GK)
1
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
2
MackayDavid Mackay
2
Zé MariaZé Maria
3
HernendezJonay Hernendez
Substitution84
4
TedescoGiovanni Tedesco
4
SmithBarry Smith
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Substitution70
5
MairLee Mair
14
DiamouteneSouleymane Diamoutene
6
WilkieLee Wilkie
15
VryzasZisis Vryzas
Substitution87
7
SaraJuan Sara
17
AliouiJamel Alioui
8
Gavin RaeGavin Rae
20
FusaniMassimiliano Fusani
Goal84
9
LovellSteve Lovell
Substitution60
22
Di LoretoMarco Di Loreto
Goal51
10
NemsadzeGeorgi Nemsadze
29
MargiottaMassimo Margiotta
Substitution90+3
11
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution84
44
GattiFabio Gatti

Substitutes

12
LangfieldJamie Langfield (GK)
8
TardioliMichele Tardioli (GK)
14
BradyGarry Brady
Substitution60
3
LoumpoutisKonstantinos Loumpoutis
Substitution70
15
SanchoBrent Sancho
6
IgnoffoGiovanni Ignoffo
16
CowanThomas Cowan
Substitution84
10
BerrettoniEmanuele Berrettoni
Substitution90+3
17
HutchinsonThomas Hutchinson
7
Guilherme do PradoGuilherme do Prado
Substitution87
18
FotheringhamMark Fotheringham
Substitution84
21
TurchiJuan Martin Turchi
19
MacdonaldCallum Macdonald
27
ObodoChristian Obodo

Coach

Serse Cosmi (ITA)

Referee

Zeljko Siric (CRO)

Assistant referees

Darko Slivar (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)

Fourth official

Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.