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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 August, 2003, 18:18 GMT 19:18 UK
Dundee win in Albania
Vllaznia 0-2 Dundee

Steve Lovell battles for possession in Albania
Lovell (right) put Dundee ahead
Dundee's Uefa Cup adventure got off to the perfect start with a deserved win over Vllaznia Shkoder in the Loro Borici stadium.

Dundee began their first European game in 29 years with the same starting line up which defeated Motherwell 3-0 at the weekend.

It was an inauspicious start from both sides, with the visitors happy to knock the ball around without committing too much forward and the hosts mindful of giving their opponents a sniff at goal.

The first real chance of the half came after Nemsadze found himself a yard of space before feeding Nacho Novo, but the Spaniard's shot was blocked by the Vllaznia defence.

The breakthrough came a minute before the interval as Duffy's men snatched the vital away goal that their increasing dominance deserved.

The influential Nemsadze was again involved, justifying his inclusion with the killer pass for Steve Lovell, who steadied himself before firing past goalkeeper Armir Grimaj.

Nacho Novo grabbed Dundee's second of the evening
Novo dinks the ball past Admir Teli

Dundee doubled their lead five minutes after the break through Nacho Novo.

Gavin Rae sprayed the ball out to the left for Garry Brady who picked out Novo at the far post to apply the finish and spark wild celebrations among the small band of Dundee fans.

The second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side, who seemed to accept that the tie was slipping away from them.

Brady was continuing to look sharp as the second half wore on, along with Lee Wilkie, after both received call-ups to Bertie Vogts' Scotland squad for next week's friendly with Norway in Oslo.

Duffy even had time to give three of his substitutes a chance as he ran down the clock, Juan Sara and Beto Carranza joining the fray along with new signing Brent Sanchoz.

Vllaznia Shkoder: Grimaj, Teli, Salihi, Belisha, Cungu, Devolli, Klodian Asllani, Sokol Ishka, Mancaku, Sinani, Mustafa. Subs: Osja, Martini, Kraja, Bishja, Mashi, Luka, Zmijani.

Dundee: Speroni, Wilkie, Mackay, Hernandez, Mair, Rae, Nemsadze, Smith, Brady, Novo, Lovell. Subs: Sara, Carranza, Boylan, Hutchinson, Mackay, Sanchoz, Langfield.

Referee: Jaroslav Jara (Czech Republic).


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