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BBC Scotland's Scott Davie reports
"A tremendous goal by Giorgi Nemsadze."
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Dundee midfielder Gavin Rae
"Overall I think we deserve to be in the top six."
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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 19:33 GMT 20:33 UK
Dundee clinch top six place
Fabian Caballero is congratulated by Juan Sara
Fabian Caballero is congratulated by Juan Sara
Aberdeen 0-2 Dundee

Fabian Caballero ended his injury nightmare with a bang by grabbing the goal that secured Dundee's place in the top six of the Scottish Premier League.

The Argentine and George Nemsadze scored the goals that meant the Dens Park side overtook Dunfermline on goal difference.

Dundee's hopes had been dealt a bitter blow before the kick-off with striker Claudio Caniggia calling off with a hamstring injury.

His place was taken by Caballero for his first start since missing much of the season through injury.

Response was immediate

Dundee pressed forward from the start and were almost rewarded in six minutes when Caballero found himself clear inside the area.

George Nemsadze opens the scoring
George Nemsadze opens the scoring
His lob from 12 yards beat Esson but was headed clear.

Aberdeen's response was immediate. Derek Young was sent free on the right, his driven cross from the edge of the area being cleared.

Aberdeen missed the best chance yet with 14 minutes played.

Robbie Winters brilliantly played in midweek hat-trick hero Arild Stavrum but shot narrowly past the upright.

Rae picked out Sara and he advanced into the area before unleashing a tremendous shot that crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.

Broke the deadlock

Urged on by a large travelling support, Dundee continued to hold the upper hand without being able to make the most of the few chances that were in the game.

Fabian Caballero fires home the second
Fabian Caballero fires home the second
Dundee finally broke the deadlock in 52 minutes, when Nemsadze took the ball of Young in midfield before advancing forward and firing home from 20 yards.

Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl made two changes in 58 minutes, introducing Mackie and Belabed for the ineffective Guntveit and Young.

But this did not change the flow of the game and, with 63 minutes gone, it was the away side who went further ahead.

Caballero's shot was deflected off White and past Esson to the obvious delight of the Dundee support.

The Argentine almost made the Dons defence pay for their indecision when he picked up the loose ball inside the area, but his chipped shot went just wide.


Aberdeen: Esson, Solberg, McGuire, Whyte, McAllister, Guntveit, Rowson, Darren Young, Stavrum, Derek Young, Winters.

Subs: Preece, Dow, Lilley, Belabed, Mackie.

Dundee: Langfield, Khizanishvili, Tweed, Coyne, Marrocco, Artero, Nemsadze, Rae, Carranza, Sara, Caballero.

Subs: Hankinson, Fatello, Del Rio, Falconer, Garrido.

Referee: K Toner.

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