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Hibs 1 DUNDEE 2

April 25 2002

Dundee got back to winning ways, with a 2-1 victory at Easter Road - Goals coming from Gavin Rae & Steven Milne. Ivano also handed startting debuts to Temuri Ketsbaia & Massimo Baghetto. Now the crisis of a couple of weeks ago is almost forgotten with new faces and the injury crisis clearing.

27th October 2001

Hibs 1(O'Neill )
DUNDEE 2 (Rae 19, Milne 90)

Attendance: 11,185

Referee: Willie Young

Del Rio, Smith, Baghetto, Khizanishvili
Ketsbaia, Rae, Romano, Carranza, Garrido

Subs: Sara (for Ketsbaia 64),
Milne (for Caballero 86),
Gatti (for Carranza 89),
Speroni, Mackay,

Sent Off:
Hibs: O'Neill
Dundee: -

Hibs: McManus
Dundee: Caballero, Sara, Milne

The starting line up saw the Dees in a 4-5-1 formation, with Ivano handing debuts to Massimo Baghetto and Temuri Ketsbaia.

Hibernian were first to try their luck after 60 seconds as De La Cruz tried to emulate his stunning opener against Hearts last week but the Ecuadorian had his 25-yard shot easily saved by Jamie Langfield.

Scotland international Gavin Rae nearly sent Beto Carranza clear at the other end but the offside flag just thwarted a good Dundee move.

Murray picked up an O'Neil cross on eight minutes for Hibs and made a run down the left flank before sending in a curling cross but luckily there were was no-one there to profit.

A minute later Orman sent over a great cross from the right and McManus, replacing the injured ex Dee Paco Luna, should have done better than head straight at Jamie Langfield from six yards out.

After a good move started by Brebner, De La Cruz sent over a good cross from the right which was just out of Brewster's reach and Barry Smith swept the ball to safety.

Dundee then went in front courtesy of some great play from Gavin Rae on 19 minutes who picked the ball up 30 yards out before embarking on a great solo run.

He weaved past two defenders then cut inside Sauzee before sending an unstoppable curling left-footed 22-yard drive into the corner.

Hibs were nearly level within just three minutes after Jamie Langfield struggled badly with a De La Cruz cross, before redeeming himself in style tipping over Murray's close range shot.

Then Brewster shot over before McManus went on a mazy run to get himself into a reasonable position before shooting just wide.

Dundee claimed a penalty on 43 minutes but referee Willie Young booked Fabian Caballero for diving after Fenwick's penalty box challenge.

At the other end Jamie Langfield comfortably held Brewster's header from Brebner's teasing cross.

Hibs' McManus became the second player booked six minutes before the break for a late challenge.

Hibs continued to press for the equaliser with both Sauzee and Brewster going close.

Just as a first-half equaliser appeared to have gone begging Brewster beat Jamie Langfield to a long cross from Orman and with Jamie appearing to have headed off for a half time pie and in no mans land at the edge of the 18 yard box, the ball trickled home with the Dundee defenders looking on in anguish.

In the 50th minute Walter Del Rio came to Dundee's rescue with an incredible goal-line clearance.

The Hibs' support had risen to their feet thinking they were in front after Brewster had cleverly directed his header from De La Cruz's cross away from the beaten Jamie Langfield but Walter Del Rio sprang up on the line to clear.

Sauzee tried another free-kick on 64 minutes from a difficult angle wide on the left and Jamie Langfield saved the shot comfortably.

Alex McLeish tried to freshen up his side subbing McManus for Zitelli and Arpinon returned from injury replacing Orman.

With five minutes left the Dundee goal survived great pressure with Jamie Langfield smothering the ball to deny Brewster. A minute later O'Neil went down looking for a penalty but referee Willie Young incredibly booked the game's third player for a diving offence and O'Neil's second booking meant he also saw red.

Dundee brought on Steven Milne for Fabian Cabellero on 86 minutes and then Lucas Gatti for Beto Carranza.

Hibs appeared ready to clinch all three points in stoppage time when Brewster did everything right to get clear before shooting past from a great position.

But in the second minute of stoppage time the Tayzurri claimed an incredible winner when Steven Milne showed great composure to break clear before rifling a shot past Colgan.

The goal sparked great celebrations among the visiting support and Savo was yellow carded for his goal celebration which involved diving headlong into the arms of the ecstatic travvelling Tayzurri.

Five minutes into stoppage time ex Arab Brewster had a header from two yards out go over the bar in front of an empty net, after Fenwick headed on a Zitelli corner.

The whistle went and caused even more celebrating from the travelling support.

Debutant Temuri Ketsbaia speaking after the game was complimentary about the performances of the players on both teams.

"I was impressed with the standard of Scottish football which up until today I had only really seen on TV," he said.

"I did find it quite draining but that was only because I had not played club football for a long time and I have no doubt I am going to enjoy it here."

With the rearranged game against Motherwell on Tuesday, a win will see the Dee's go into next Saturdays derby ahead of the Arabs with normal service once again resumed.

Their will also be the added bonus of having the option of including Fan Zhiyi, although for Zura or Walter to be dropped would be pretty harsh. man of the match: Walter Del Rio

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