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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 21:45 GMT
Sara floors nine-man Livi
Massimilano Caputo challenges Dundee's Barry Smith
Livingston's Massimilano Caputo (left) was sent off
Dundee 2-0 Livingston

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Two goals from Juan Sara ended Dundee's poor spell after Livingston were bizarrely reduced to nine men.

Livi's hopes of rekindling their Uefa Cup qualification challenge suffered a blow after Massimilano Caputo was shown a red card for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge on Massimo Beghetto before the break.

Visiting boss Jim Leishman was sent to the stand for the strength of his protests.

Sara headed the opener after 56 minutes.

And Livi's misery was complete when Steve Tosh was sent off for a high boot and Sara added his second in injury time.

John Rowbotham shows Caputo the red card
John Rowbotham shows Caputo the red card
Both sides had started the game determined to end a run of three straight defeats.

Livingston needed the victory after being caught by Aberdeen in the race for third-top spot in the Scottish Premier League.

Javier Sanchez Broto took his place in the Livi goal after more than five months on the sidelines, with Nick Culkin relegated to the bench in one of five changes from the side defeated at the weekend.

Dundee wanted the win to lift themselves above third-bottom Hibernian.

Lee Wilkie made his first start since June after resolving his differences with the Dens Park management team and replaced David Mackay.

On-song Georgian Temuri Ketsbaia was Dundee's first-half dangerman, sending a couple of drives just over the crossbar.

Livi's Quino rattled the upright and goalkeeper Julian Speroni turned a David Fernandez effort over the bar.

But the game took a volatile twist after 32 minutes, when Livingston found themselves down to 10 men.

Caputo was shown a straight red card by referee John Rowbotham for a strong challenge on Beghetto.

The Livi striker was adudged to have punched his opponent, but the way the two hugged one another before Caputo wandered off the pitch suggested that the challenge might have been more accidental.

Leishman was sent to the stands but not before he too received a friendly arm around the shoulder from Dundee counterpart Ivano Bonetti.

Cherif Toure Maman (centre) is crowded out
Cherif Toure Maman (centre) made a poor return
Livi thought that they were going to be reduced to nine men early in the second-half when Fernandez was shown a red card for dissent.

But referee Rowbotham hastily retracted the card and replaced it with the yellow.

Dundee eventually made the extra man count after 56 minutes when Artero flighted a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Sara, who left Broto helpless as he nodded home the opening goal.

Tosh had come on as a substitute after 68 minutes and lasted just five minutes after receiving a straight red card when his studs left Ketsbaia needing treatment for a hand injury.

Speroni prevented nine-man Livi snatching an unlikely point with a late double save from Barry Wilson and Fernandez.

And Sara settled the game 90 seconds into injury time as Livi pressed forward and were caught out by a Ketsbaia-inspired break.

Dundee: Speroni, Smith, Wilkie, Del Rio, Beghetto, Ketsbaia, Rae, Artero, Torres, Sara, Caballero. Subs: Langfield, Robertson, Garrido, MacKay, Kemas.

Livingston: Broto, Hart, Andrews, Santini, Bollan, Quino, Makel, Lovell, Toure-Maman, Fernandez, Caputo. Subs: Culkin, Wilson, Tosh, Bingham, Petersen.

Referee: J Rowbotham.

BBC Sport's Andy Gillies
"Jim Leishman was sent to the stands"
Dundee boss Ivano Bonetti
"I am disappointed. I am not happy"
Livingston assistant Davie Hay
"Being angry is not going to change the result"
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