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Hibernian 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

  • Stunning Ozturk goal secures draw for Hearts
  • Malonga had fired Hibs in front
  • Paterson red-carded for visitors

Hearts rescued their unbeaten league record with a late Alim Ozturk strike that secured a draw against Hibernian.

Hibs had been the more impressive team, and led the game after Dominique Malonga's first-half effort.

Even after Callum Paterson was sent off in the 79th minute, Hearts kept pressing Hibs back.

That resolve paid off when Ozturk, with the game deep into injury time, rifled in a 40-yard shot that hit the underside of the bar on its way in.

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Interview - Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs

Hibs set out to be bold and self-assured against the team that has led the league all season and seemed capable of dominating the Championship.

The Edinburgh derby has tended to rob Hibs of their self-esteem, however, Hearts having been on top for much of the past decade.

Even recent form would have nagged at the Easter Road side, the visitors having won five of the last six encounters.

In blustery conditions, it was the home side who were more sprightly and assertive.

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Hearts might have felt that their powerful resilience - a feature of their commanding start to the season - would belittle the best of Hibs, but the visitors also lacked fluency in attack.

Those characteristics allowed Hibs to sketch the most inventive and hopeful patterns into the play, although the game was mostly rugged.

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Interview - Heart of Midlothian boss Robbie Neilson

Passages of possession tended to be brief and hurried, but in Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch they had players who could be artful in midfield, both in the way they moved into space and the way they carried the ball forward.

The state of the game was concerning to Hibs fans as much as it was heartening.

Their team has often impressed during these fixtures, but failed to capitalise and then seen Hearts take advantage.

There was a familiar moment of alarm, then, when Soufian El Hassnaoui found himself through on goal, but his shot was straight at Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Hibs were unbowed, though, and when an Allan corner was headed goalward by Liam Fontaine, the ball was parried by keeper Neil Alexander. A scramble ensued, with Jason Cummings having a shot blocked before Malonga lashed the ball high into the net.

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Allan remained central in the second half, delivering two crosses that Malonga headed wide.

The midfielder also went on a surging run towards the penalty area that Prince Buaben stopped on the edge of the box with a crude trip.

Hearts were best served by their width, with substitute Jamie Walker sending in one cross that Oxley fumbled, then Paterson's delivery was mis-kicked by Billy King.

Given Hibs' recent history in this fixture, a growing nervousness with the slender lead was inevitable.

They sat ever deeper, but Paterson's rashness as he leapt off the ground to lunge at Malonga was a respite.

With Hearts reduced to 10 men, Hibs ought to have seen the game out, but Ozturk's glorious strike was unstoppable, and a cruel blow to Hibs.

Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Hearts
Malonga scored from inside a crowded penalty area to give Hibs the lead
Hibernian players celebrating
Hibs became the first side to take the lead against Hearts in the league this season
David Gray and Morgaro Gomis
Predictably, the derby was fiercely competitive
Hearts' Callum Paterson is sent off against Hibernian
Hearts appeared to have a mountain to climb when Paterson (far right) was dismissed
Alim Ozturk celebrates after scoring for Hearts against Hibernian
But Ozturk had the last word with a superb goal to preserve Hearts' unbeaten record in the division

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1OxleyBooked at 69mins
  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 78mins
  • 23McGeouch
  • 20AllanSubstituted forHarrisat 74'minutes
  • 8Robertson
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forStantonat 74'minutes
  • 24Malonga
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 7Harris
  • 10Craig
  • 11Stanton
  • 14Heffernan
  • 22Booth
  • 30Kennedy
  • 31Perntreou

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonBooked at 79mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4WilsonSubstituted forMcGheeat 58'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11Nicholson
  • 17BuabenBooked at 49minsSubstituted forat 84'minutes
  • 6GomisBooked at 70mins
  • 12KingSubstituted forBuchananat 87'minutes
  • 20Sow
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forWalkerat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 7Walker
  • 10Holt
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 28Buchanan
  • 30McGhee
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
14,562

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Buchanan replaces Billy King.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Matthew Kennedy replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Dismissal

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Daniel Handling.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Scott Allan.

Booking

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Mark Oxley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Danny Wilson because of an injury.

Foul by Dominique Malonga (Hibernian).

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Scott Allan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces Soufian El Hassnaoui.

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts119203262629
2Rangers1071227101722
3Queen of Sth115332116518
4Hibernian114341612415
5Raith Rovers114341422-815
6Falkirk113531414014
7Dumbarton11245821-1310
8Livingston112361018-89
9Alloa112271119-88
10Cowdenbeath102261227-158
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