Aberdeen came from behind to win a pulsating north-east derby thanks to Peter Pawlett's stoppage-time header.

John Souttar had put Dundee United ahead when Jamie Langfield missed Mark Wilson's corner and the Aberdonian easily blasted the ball into the net.

Former United captain Barry Robson fired the Dons level from the penalty spot after Andrew Robertson handled.

Radoslaw Cierzniak produced a string of saves but was helpless as Pawlett finally headed home a late winner.

A full house at Tannadice created an electric atmosphere and an opening half played at a frantic pace, with Aberdeen dominating possession in the first quarter but failing to create real chances.

Torrential rain made underfoot conditions difficult and it was the 30th minute before the first clear-cut chance was created.

United defender Souttar dallied 30 yards from goal, Pawlett dispossessed him, raced forward and unleashed a shot from the edge of penalty area.

But Cierznak stood up to beat the shot clear for a corner.

Souttar was caught out again 10 minutes later, losing the ball to Scott Vernon on the left side of play, but the striker was penalised for his challenge to win the ball from goalkeeper Cierznak who had raced to clear.

Vernon then tumbled outside the box after a great Aberdeen break and another chance was gone.

United, though, were coming more and more into the game and won a corner after a fierce Robertson drive was deflected behind.

The home side took the lead five minutes after the restart, Souttar blasting a loose ball home from four yards from a corner on the left.

Just before that, Pawlett had brought a fine save from Cierznak, blasting a ferocious drive at the United goal after a corner had not been dealt with.

Aberdeen levelled in 65 minutes from the spot after Robertson was judged to have used an arm to control the ball and Robson blasted home the equaliser.

Niall McGinn then brought a spectacular save from Cierznak, who shortly afterwards made another good low stop from Pawlett's shot.

It was Pawlett, though, who struck the decisive blow in the last minute of official time, heading home from two yards after Cierznak had parried a deflected header into his path.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 16 Wilson Booked
  • 26 Robertson
  • 06 Paton Booked (Gomis - 70' )
  • 20 Souttar
  • 05 Gunning
  • 11 Mackay-Steven
  • 08 Rankin
  • 21 Ciftci
  • 19 Gauld (Graham - 69' )
  • 10 Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 02 Dillon
  • 07 Goodwillie
  • 09 Graham
  • 17 Erskine
  • 18 Dow
  • 25 McCallum
  • 27 Gomis

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 27 Hector
  • 11 Hayes
  • 08 Flood Booked
  • 04 Anderson
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 22 Jack
  • 15 Robson
  • 09 Vernon (Magennis - 60' Booked )
  • 10 McGinn
  • 16 Pawlett (Shaughnessy - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 14 Smith
  • 17 Wylde
  • 18 Low
  • 20 Weaver
  • 21 Magennis
  • 25 Shankland
Ref: William Collum
Att: 12,601

Match Stats

Shots

4 12

On target

2 6

Corners

6 7

Fouls

20 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 2.

90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 2.

90:00 +3:34

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

90:00 +2:46

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Michael Hector.

90:00 +1:57

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Shaughnessy replaces Peter Pawlett.

90:00 +0:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 2. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) header from very close range to the top left corner.

88:47

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

88:47

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:05

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:12

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

85:12

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:56

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

81:56

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:28

Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

79:17

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United).

79:17

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:07

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

75:57

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

75:44

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

73:44

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

73:44

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:33 Booking

Booking Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

71:27

Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:27

Foul by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

69:54

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Dundee United).

69:54

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Paul Paton.

68:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Ryan Gauld.

68:42

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

68:08

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

68:08

Michael Hector (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:22

Delay in match Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

64:46

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

64:46

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

63:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 1. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

63:28

Penalty conceded by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

59:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Scott Vernon.

56:27 Booking

Booking Paul Paton (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

56:22

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

56:22

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:38

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

54:38

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:11

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

52:11

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 0. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

49:32

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

48:59

Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

48:29

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

48:15

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 0.

45:00 +0:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 0.

43:02

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

42:32

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

41:55

Attempt missed. Ryan Gauld (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

41:30

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie Langfield.

41:14

Attempt saved. Andrew Robertson (Dundee United) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

39:26

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

39:26

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

35:46

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

33:01

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

33:01

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:40

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:02

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

31:02

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:14

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

29:56

Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

28:15 Booking

Booking Mark Wilson (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

28:09

Foul by Mark Wilson (Dundee United).

28:09

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:01

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

25:29

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

25:29

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

24:59

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

20:21

Michael Hector (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:21

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

17:24

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

17:24

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:03

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

17:03

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:22

(Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:22

Foul by Ryan Gauld (Dundee United).

15:34 Booking

Booking Willo Flood (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

15:29

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

15:29

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:14

Michael Hector (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:14

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Dundee United).

10:15

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.

6:38

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:38

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

5:36

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:36

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

4:20

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:20

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

3:25

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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