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Saturday, 29 September, 2001, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Zero hat-trick dumps Dundee
Hicham Zerouali slots the ball past Jamie Langfield
Hicham Zerouali slots the ball past Jamie Langfield
Dundee 1-4 Aberdeen

Hicham Zerouali grabbed a hat trick as Aberdeen maintained their excellent record at Dens Park.

Dundee have now not beaten the Dons at home for seven games and the Moroccan's intervention made sure the visitors recorded their sixth victory in that spell.

Zerouali had given Aberdeen the lead only for Fabian Cabellero to equalise.

Dundee looked to be the more likely victors only for Zerouali to step in with a second-half double and Darren Mackie added a fourth.

Beto Garrido, Lucas Gatti and Mark Robertson had all dropped out of the Dundee starting 11 and in came Alessandro Romano, Fabian Caballero and Steven Milne.

Aberdeen brought back Roberto Bisconti and Mackie for Eugene Dadi and Fergus Tiernan.

Dark Blues defender Barry Smith was also making his 200th appearance for the Tayside club.

Zerouali pounces on Langfield's mistake
Zerouali pounces on Langfield's mistake
Defences were cancelling out defences at both ends until Aberdeen took the lead out of the blue with their first attempt on target after 27 minutes.

Ben Thornley unleashed a powerful 20-yard shot that goalkeeper Jamie Langfield could only block.

The ball bounced to the grateful Zerouali, who had the simplest of tasks to net from eight yards out.

Dundee took only five minutes to equalise.

Beto Carranza sent a clever pass through the Aberdeen defence to find Caballero and the Argentine simply lobbed Ryan Esson from just inside the box for a great finish.

Steven Milne missed a couple of chance either side of half-time for Dundee.

The home side paid for that when Aberdeen regained the lead after 50 minutes.

Darren Mackie sent Zerouali through on goal and, although the Moroccan looked suspiciously offside, he carried on to hammer the ball through Langfield's legs from eight yards out.

Zerouali added a second after 69 minutes and Mackie the fourth nine minutes from time as Aberdeen recorded their first away league win of the season.

Dundee: Langfield, Smith, Khizanishvili, Del Rio, Marrocco, Romano, Nemsadze, Rae, Carranza, Milne, Caballero. Subs: Mathers, Gatti, Garrido, Nevada, MacKay.

Aberdeen: Esson, Solberg, McGuire, Whyte, McNaughton, Winters, Darren Young, Bisconti, Thornley, Mackie, Zerouali. Subs: Peat, Anderson, Derek Young, Dadi, Tiernan.

Referee: J Underhill.

BBC Scotland's Scott Davie
"Dundee collapsed thanks to some dreadful defending"
Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl
"I'm very pleased with the result and the three points"
Dundee player manager Ivano Bonetti
"We had a chance to kill the game but we didn't"
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