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Hibernian 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

Hibernian took the Edinburgh derby-day spoils for the first time this season and kept up their claim on second spot in the Scottish Championship.

Jason Cummings' close-range finish rewarded Hibs' early dominance.

And the best chances continued to fall for the hosts, with Liam Fontaine hitting the bar and Farid El Alagui missing from close range.

But El Alagui scored a deserved second in time added on after champions Hearts were opened up on the break.

The win ensures Hibs remain in front of Rangers on goal difference ahead of next weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final with Falkirk.

It was also a first derby win for manager Alan Stubbs, whose side had twice lost leads in the previous meetings between the sides this term.

This time, though, Hearts rarely got going at Easter Road, understandable perhaps with the Scottish Championship title already assured.

Their supporters arrived in Leith in party mode, with their side having gone over a year without defeat against their capital rivals.

However, it was Hibs who started on the front foot.

Fraser Fyvie side-footed over, Callum Paterson headed against his own bar and Fontaine had a close range effort blocked, all within the first quarter of an hour.

Neil Alexander then pushed a curling Cummings effort wide but Hibs' top scorer would not be denied minutes later.

Scott Allan's corner was only partially cleared and, when it was played back into the box, El Alagui flicked a header into the path of Cummings, who stroked it home.

Fontaine then struck the bar with a ferocious strike, with Hearts all at sea from a corner kick.

The Hibs bench celebrate after Farid El Alagui sealed the win
The Hibs bench celebrate after Farid El Alagui sealed the win

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson responded by abandoning his three-man defence, and his side did begin to make more of an impact in the final third.

Alim Ozturk fired a free-kick wide and Jamie Walker's rising shot forced Mark Oxley to make his first real save of the match.

Hibs should have doubled their advantage, though.

El Alagui flicked a weak volley straight into the arms of Alexander after Jordon Forster picked him out inside the six yard box.

Hearts remained in the contest, and only a tremendous block by Forster prevented them levelling amid a goalmouth scramble.

Hibs then had another opportunity to secure the win after breaking, but substitute Dominque Malonga elected to go for goal rather than pass and the chance was lost.

Hearts' Osman Sow had a low effort saved, but Hibs confirmed victory when El Alagui broke clear on the right and clipped the ball over the advancing Alexander.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 6ForsterBooked at 45mins
  • 4HanlonBooked at 42mins
  • 5Fontaine
  • 17BoyleBooked at 76mins
  • 23McGeouch
  • 20Allan
  • 22Fyvie
  • 16Stevenson
  • 9El AlaguiBooked at 90mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forMalongaat 68'minutesSubstituted forDja Djedjeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Craig
  • 11Stanton
  • 19Handling
  • 24Malonga
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny
  • 32Dunsmore

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44EckersleyBooked at 75mins
  • 7Walker
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezBooked at 81mins
  • 6GomisBooked at 57mins
  • 3McHattieSubstituted forNicholsonat 37'minutes
  • 20Sow
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forKingat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 15Gallacher
  • 19Keatings
  • 21Anderson
  • 22McKay
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
13,530

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Booking

Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Heart of Midlothian 0. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Franck Dja Djedje.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Franck Dja Djedje replaces Dominique Malonga because of an injury.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Dylan McGeouch.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

Booking

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Género Zeefuik.

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dominique Malonga replaces Jason Cummings.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jason Cummings (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts33273390226884
2Hibernian33187860303061
3Rangers32187761332861
4Queen of Sth33168954371756
5Falkirk341410104643352
6Raith Rovers33126153957-1842
7Dumbarton3396183272-4033
8Cowdenbeath3474233081-5125
9Alloa3358202850-2223
10Livingston3267193449-1520
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