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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 20:20 GMT 21:20 UK
Perugia dump Dundee
Perugia 1-0 Dundee
(Perugia win 3-1 on aggregate)

Fabian Caballero tries his luck for Dundee
Dundee tumbled out of the Uefa Cup following a 1-0 loss to Perugia at the Renatu Curi stadium.

Having conceded two soft goals at Dens Park three weeks ago, Dundee were facing a tough task against the well-organised Serie A side.

No Scottish team has ever won away at an Italian club and Dundee, who could find no rhythm to their play, never looked like breaking down Perugia.

The first half saw the Italians dominate for long spells and Dundee were guilty of giving away possession far too easily.

The Tayside club gave a better account of themselves in the second period but they were punished when Massimo Margiotta struck after 71 minutes.

The home team had the first chance of the game in the third minute but English striker Jay Bothroyd's shot was off target much to the relief of Dundee goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

The Dark Blues were struggling to make an impression on Perugia's solid defence and were allowing Serse Cosmi's outfit total control the match.

A tackle by Scotland defender Lee Wilkie on striker Zisis Vryzas just outside the area gave Perugia another chance to take the lead but Brazilian Ze Maria's flashing shot went inches wide of Speroni's right post.

Bothroyd was causing problems for the Dundee defence with his physical style and the former Coventry City forward was unlucky not to score when his close range shot struck Speroni and spun onto the crossbar after 23 minutes.

Ze Maria's 36th minute free-kick found Boythroyd inside the area, who did just enough to provide captain Giovanni Tedesco with a golden opportunity inside the six-yard box but the midfielder's strike went wide of Speroni's left post.

Christian Obodo was influential for Perugia
Tedesco's powerful shot from just outside the Dundee area went just over the bar barely a minute into the second half.

And two minutes later, a cross from Greek midfielder Konstantinus Lobutis found Tedesco - but his flying header went inches wide of the far post as the visitors were again on the back foot.

17 minutes into the second half Dundee managed their first decent effort on goal when Nacho Novo and Juan Sara combined well, but the Spaniard's shot from 12 yards was straight at Australian international Zaljko Kalac.

Dundee came closer in the 69th minute when Gavin Rae played a one-two with Fabian Caballero inside Perugia's area and made Kalac dive to his left to hold the shot.

However, any hopes of an upset were undone two minutes later when Perugia substitute Margiotta found the net.

The Dundee defence were able to block Margiotta first shot from inside the area but the rebound favoured the striker and his second attempt beat Speroni.

Nigerian teenager Christian Obodo, Perugia's most impressive player, then forced Speroni to leap and tip away his fierce 22-yard drive as the home side finished strongly.


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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