A great shot from Scott Robertson rescued a first point of the season for Hibs as Dundee United failed to make the most of the openings they created.
A neat finish from Stuart Armstrong had United ahead at the interval.
Hibs struggled to make any impact before a tussle between Kevin Thomson and Gavin Gunning resulted in both men being dismissed on 65 minutes.
And, with play growing increasingly frenzied, Robertson found the bottom corner in style from 18 yards.
Prior to the red cards, Hibs were completely bereft of confidence and rudderless, with the home support venting their dissatisfaction in the direction of beleaguered manager Pat Fenlon.
But the fight between home midfielder Thomson and United defender Gunning lifted the Easter Road atmosphere and contributed hugely to an unlikely comeback.
During a dismal opening 15 minutes Fraser Mullen was booked for a crude early challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven and was thereafter tortured by the visiting winger.
David Goodwillie was let down by his touch when running on to a lovely Mackay-Steven cross but the striker recovered the situation to roll an inviting pass into Armstrong's path and only a great lunging block from Robertson forced the midfielder's shot over the crossbar.
Mackay-Steven then waltzed in from the left to set up John Rankin but the resulting strike from the edge of the penalty area sailed too high.
Armstrong (left) celebrates his opener with Rankin
With Hibs unable to retain possession, United kept coming forward and the home defence was caught napping when a long ball over the top from Callum Butcher was controlled and tucked away by Armstrong, who had to stretch to poke his shot beyond advancing goalkeeper Ben Williams.
The goal, United's first of the season, brought jeers from the home sections of the ground and there were further loud protests when Mullen was replaced by Ryan McGivern, with Lewis Stevenson switching from the left to right-back.
The much-maligned Stevenson was, however, soon being applauded for a great sliding tackle on Mackay-Steven as another gaping hole in the home rearguard appeared.
It took Hibs until first-half injury-time to register a shot on target, with Radoslaw Cierniak punching away a fierce long-range effort from James Collins.
Fenlon's side at least appeared more determined after the break but the chances kept falling the way of the visitors, as Goodwillie miscued a close-range header and Andrew Robertson shot into the side-netting after an enterprising run.
But then came the double dismissal as Thomson and Gunning were sent packing after an ugly brawl and the complexion of the match changed.
With the game stretched and Mackay-Steven well shackled by Stevenson, United were no longer in control and Cierniak tipped over a 25-yard strike from Liam Craig as the fired-up crowd urged Hibs on.
United midfielder Ryan Dow was through on goal only to be thwarted by a good block from Williams and Hibs were level soon after.
Robertson's first effort hit team-mate Sam Stanton on the edge of the penalty box and he gathered the loose ball to jink past an opponent and arrow a wonderful shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Collins was wide with a curling attempt as play raged from end-to-end at a rapid rate of knots.
In the frantic closing stages neither side could apply the finishing touch as United substitute Ryan Gauld skewed a first-time strike off-target and Stanton dragged a shot a yard beyond the post.
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Saturday, 17 August 2013
22 Mullen yellow card (McGivern 38)
08 Robertson (Taiwo 85)
10 Craig yellow card
38 Thomson red card
09 Vine yellow card (Stanton 79)
05 Gunning red card
26 Robertson yellow card
10 Armstrong (Gauld 75)
11 Mackay-Steven (Erskene 84)
18 Dow yellow card
07 Goodwillie (Graham 62)
Ref: CrawfordAtt: 9,171
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:27 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+4:16 Michael Nelson crosses the ball.
90:00+4:05 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
90:00+3:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Dow on Liam Craig.
90:00+0:30 Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the left by-line.
88:16 Michael Nelson makes a clearance.
87:58 Sam Stanton takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
87:41 Free kick taken by Tom Taiwo.
87:33 Danny Handling fouled by Andrew Robertson, the ref awards a free kick.
86:43 Ryan McGivern takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
86:23 The ball is delivered by Ryan McGivern.
85:35 Ryan Gauld takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
85:25 The ball is swung over by John Rankin.
85:01 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Liam Craig. Radoslaw Cierzniak catches the ball.
84:33 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Tom Taiwo coming on for Scott Robertson.
84:04 The referee cautions Andrew Robertson for unsporting behaviour.
84:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Handling by Andrew Robertson.
83:40 Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
83:37 Brian Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Craig.
83:05 Substitution Chris Erskine on for Gary Mackay-Steven.
82:49 Shot by James Collins went over the net.
81:54 Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
81:44 Lewis Stevenson fouled by Gary Mackay-Steven, the ref awards a free kick.
81:17 Clearance made by Michael Nelson.
81:14 Free kick taken by Ryan Dow.
81:06 Foul by Liam Craig on John Rankin, free kick awarded.
80:06 GOAL - Scott Robertson:Hibernian 1 - 1 Dundee Utd Scott Robertson scores a right footed goal. Hibernian 1-1 Dundee Utd.
80:00 Brian Graham makes a clearance.
79:49 Liam Craig takes the free kick.
79:36 Ryan Dow is booked.
79:32 Ryan Dow challenges Scott Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
78:49 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Sam Stanton coming on for Rowan Vine.
78:27 Ryan McGivern crosses the ball.
77:29 Ryan Dow takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ben Williams parries the ball away.
77:00 Clearance made by Brian Graham.
76:54 Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.
74:24 Substitution Ryan Gauld replaces Stuart Armstrong.
73:59 Shot by Liam Craig went wide right of the target.
72:39 The ball is swung over by Lewis Stevenson.
71:55 Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
71:51 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Dow.
70:19 Corner taken by Ryan Dow.
70:01 Clearance by Lewis Stevenson.
68:37 Clearance by John Rankin.
68:31 Corner from the taken by Liam Craig.
68:16 Liam Craig takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
67:45 Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.
64:45 Liam Craig is booked.
64:30 Sent off
64:30 Sent off
64:30 Kevin Thomson is shown a red card for violent conduct.
64:30 Gavin Gunning shown a red card.
61:24 Substitution Brian Graham replaces David Goodwillie.
60:59 Andrew Robertson takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
59:16 Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.
58:54 The referee blows for offside.
58:39 Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.
58:13 Rowan Vine goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
58:08 Rowan Vine concedes a free kick for a foul on Gavin Gunning.
56:32 Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.
56:13 Ryan McGivern concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Paton.
55:57 Clearance by Gavin Gunning.
55:52 The ball is sent over by Ryan McGivern.
54:56 Header by David Goodwillie misses to the right of the target.
54:43 Sean Dillon produces a cross.
52:51 Centre by Michael Nelson.
52:35 Free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
52:23 Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded.
51:32 Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.
51:22 Danny Handling fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick.
50:03 Free kick taken by Sean Dillon.
49:54 Rowan Vine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton.
48:36 Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
48:21 Foul by Kevin Thomson on Stuart Armstrong, free kick awarded.
47:19 Centre by Liam Craig.
46:53 Clearance by Ryan Dow.
46:45 Corner taken by Scott Robertson from the right by-line.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+2:00 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:57 Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
45:00+0:51 Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig.
45:00+0:26 James Collins takes a shot.
45:00+0:09 Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
45:00+0:02 Andrew Robertson challenges Danny Handling unfairly and gives away a free kick.
41:57 Header by Gavin Gunning misses to the right of the target.
41:40 Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the left by-line.
38:33 Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
38:19 Ryan Dow is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
37:40 Substitution Ryan McGivern is brought on as a substitute for Fraser Mullen.
37:17 The ball is sent over by Lewis Stevenson.
34:40 Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
34:33 Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball.
34:19 Paul Paton restarts play with the free kick.
34:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Armstrong by Kevin Thomson.
33:53 Clearance by Gavin Gunning.
33:44 Fraser Mullen sends in a cross.
33:13 Ryan Dow sends in a cross.
31:48 Free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
31:44 David Goodwillie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson.
31:11 Clearance by Scott Robertson.
31:06 Corner taken by Ryan Dow.
30:08 Michael Nelson manages to make a clearance.
30:03 The ball is swung over by Andrew Robertson.
28:26 Assist on the goal came from Calum Butcher.
28:26 GOAL - Stuart Armstrong:Hibernian 0 - 1 Dundee Utd Stuart Armstrong scores with their right foot. Hibernian 0-1 Dundee Utd.
27:15 The ball is crossed by James Collins.
26:00 Ryan Dow crosses the ball in from the free kick.
25:29 Gary Mackay-Steven fouled by Michael Nelson, the ref awards a free kick.
24:45 John Rankin takes a shot and goes over the bar.
24:29 The ball is crossed by Gary Mackay-Steven.
23:36 Centre by Fraser Mullen.
21:55 Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.
21:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Dillon on James Collins.
21:09 Shot by John Rankin missed to the right of the target.
20:28 Clearance by Gavin Gunning.
20:21 The ball is swung over by Fraser Mullen.
19:59 Clearance by Paul Hanlon.
19:49 Ryan Dow produces a cross.
19:06 Clearance made by Michael Nelson.
19:02 Corner taken by Ryan Dow.
18:36 Shot by Stuart Armstrong. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.
18:25 David Goodwillie delivers the ball.
17:11 Header at goal by Calum Butcher goes right of the post.
17:03 Corner taken by Ryan Dow from the left by-line.
16:23 Clearance by Michael Nelson.
16:18 Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball.
14:53 Sean Dillon takes the free kick.
14:45 Kevin Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton.
14:21 The ball is swung over by Stuart Armstrong.
13:33 Radoslaw Cierzniak restarts play with the free kick.
13:15 Foul by James Collins on Calum Butcher, free kick awarded.
12:59 Corner taken by Scott Robertson from the left by-line.
9:55 Kevin Thomson makes a clearance.
9:47 Free kick crossed by Ryan Dow.
9:11 Fraser Mullen goes into the book.
9:07 Foul by Fraser Mullen on Gary Mackay-Steven, free kick awarded.
3:50 The ball is swung over by Gavin Gunning.
2:52 Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.
2:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Paton by James Collins.
2:29 Ben Williams takes the free kick.
2:10 The referee blows for offside against Gary Mackay-Steven.
1:54 Free kick taken by Ryan Dow.
1:42 Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick.
0:54 Gavin Gunning takes the free kick.
0:39 Unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick.
0:30 Free kick taken by Ben Williams.
0:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against David Goodwillie.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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