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Dundee United 3-0 Dundee

By Keir MurrayBBC Scotland
  • United win Tayside derby at Tannadice
  • Nadir Ciftci on target twice
  • Victory not enough to clinch fourth place

Dundee United defeated their city rivals at Tannadice but it was not enough to keep alive their hopes of playing European football next season.

Nadir Ciftci scored two first-half goals, punishing a slip by Dundee goalkeeper Kyle Letheren for the opener and adding another from the spot.

Dundee battled throughout but Blair Spittal's cool finish after the break put the result beyond the Dark Blues.

However, St Johnstone's win in Aberdeen means it is they who finish fourth.

United began the Scottish Premiership match one point and one place behind the Perth Saints, who must hope third-placed Inverness, who have already qualified for Europe, win the Scottish Cup final against Falkirk next weekend to free up a Europa League qualifying place.

Dundee were the sharper in the tackle in the early minutes and their efforts had their fans in good voice.

Kyle Letheren comes out to clear the ball but slips at just the wrong moment
Kyle Letheren comes out to clear the ball from Nadir Ciftci but slips at just the wrong moment

Yet they trailed after only eight minutes when Chris Erskine clipped a ball through for Ciftci to chase and he was gifted the chance to walk the ball into the net when Letheren slipped when he came out to clear.

Home full-back Ryan McGowan was a threat with his throw-ins from the right and with Erskine and Spittal looking in the mood, United looked capable of extending their lead.

Dundee offered a threat too, notably from the lively Luka Tankulic and Greg Stewart, the latter tormenting Erskine on the goalline out on the left to set up Stephen McGinn for a side-footed shot at goal which United keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak saved.

Paul Hartley's men found themselves two goals down when Thomas Konrad, who was already on a booking, nudged Ciftci off the ball to concede a penalty.

The Turk kept his cool to send Letheren the wrong way and double the visitors' lead.

Dundee never gave up but had no answer to United's clinical finishing.

Spittal won the ball in midfield and had the sense to quickly get back to his feet and race for goal where he latched on to John Rankin's precise through ball.

He picked his spot to rifle a low shot beyond Letheren and at that point it was United who were heading for fourth place in the Premiership.

Ryan McGowan leapt above Dundee defender Gary Irvine to meet Erskine's cross from the right and crack a header off the crossbar as United turned the screw.

John Souttar tested Letheren's reflexes with a cheeky back-heel from six yards. and in the closing minutes McGowan volleyed wide after some eye-catching skill by Ciftci out on the right wing.

However, Chris Kane's 70th-minute goal for St Johnstone at Pittodrie meant United's victory earned local bragging rights rather than a possible Continental foray next season.

Nadir Ciftci
Nadir Ciftci sends Kyle Letheren the wrong way and doubles United's lead against Dundee
Jim McAlister and Nadir Ciftci compete for the ball
Jim McAlister and Nadir Ciftci compete for the ball in one of many robust challenges in the second half


Dundee Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1CierzniakSubstituted forSzromnikat 90+2'minutes
  • 2Dillon
  • 5FojutBooked at 90mins
  • 4SouttarBooked at 42mins
  • 3DixonBooked at 90mins
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forCooteat 75'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 16McGowan
  • 17Erskine
  • 7Ciftci
  • 10MuirheadSubstituted forConnollyat 68'minutes


  • 20Butcher
  • 21Telfer
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 43Coote


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinnBooked at 16mins
  • 5McPakeBooked at 63mins
  • 4KonradBooked at 24minsSubstituted forGadzhalovat 45'minutes
  • 2Irvine
  • 18McGowan
  • 20McAlisterBooked at 89mins
  • 11FerrySubstituted forHarkinsat 60'minutes
  • 15Stewart
  • 48McGinnSubstituted forWightonat 67'minutes
  • 21Tankulic


  • 24Black
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 29Harkins
  • 31Brodie
  • 33Wighton
  • 35Colquhoun
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamDundee
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 3, Dundee 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 3, Dundee 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Michal Szromnik replaces Radoslaw Cierzniak.

  5. Booking

    Paul Dixon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

  9. Post update

    Luka Tankulic (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Booking

    Jim McAlister (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    John Souttar (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

  14. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jim McAlister (Dundee).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

  18. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

As It Stood

3Inverness CT381981152421065
4St Johnstone38169133434057
5Dundee Utd38175165856256
8Partick Thistle381210164844446
9Ross County38128184663-1744
12St Mirren3893263066-3630
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