Scottish Premiership
Dundee Utd1Aberdeen0

Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen

Dundee United confirmed Celtic as Scottish Premiership champions by beating Aberdeen at Tannadice.

Anything less than a Dons win would have meant an end to the title race and the visitors fell behind early on.

Robbie Muirhead latched on to John Souttar's magnificent pass and struck his first United goal past Scott Brown.

The Dons pressed in the second period but could not carve out an equaliser, meaning their league challenge ends with three games to play.

Derek McInnes' side had hoped to prolong their interest, with Celtic travelling to Pittodrie next weekend.

But Muirhead's sweet left-foot strike - his first since joining United from Kilmarnock in January - flashed past Scott Brown from 10 yards dented those ambitons.

Aberdeen players and management applaud their fans
Aberdeen players and management applauded their fans at full-time

Aberdeen had earlier gone close, top scorer Adam Rooney testing Radoslaw Cierzniak with a header which the keeper saved at the second attempt.

The visitors had plenty of pressure in the first half but United were strong in defence and that was needed as half-time neared.

A fine block from Ryan McGowan thwarted an almost certain goal from Cammy Smith, who had replaced ankle injury victim Peter Pawlett.

The Tangerines almost doubled their lead a few minutes into the restart.

Muirhead found freedom on the right but his powerful drive was blocked by a lively Brown, who beat the ball away.

Aberdeen responded and a Jaroslaw Fojut block near the goal line averted danger in a crowded area before Rooney's fierce drive was saved low by Cierzniak.

More pressure followed, with McInnes's side enjoying lots of territorial advantage, but the hosts' stubbornness continued.

And United broke clear with Nadir Ciftci racing in on goal, only for Shay Logan to make a last-ditch tackle to rob the striker 14 yards from goal.

With five minutes to go, Ash Taylor had a great chance to level when he threw himself at a fierce free-kick from the right, but the defender just failed to connect at the far post and with that the Dons last chance was gone.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 16McGowanBooked at 85mins
  • 5Fojut
  • 14Morris
  • 3Dixon
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forConnollyat 46'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 4Souttar
  • 21Telfer
  • 10MuirheadSubstituted forSmithat 80'minutes
  • 7CiftciBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 22Connolly
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 33Spark
  • 43Coote

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6ReynoldsBooked at 88mins
  • 3ConsidineSubstituted forMcLeanat 63'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 8FloodBooked at 90mins
  • 22JackSubstituted forGoodwillieat 63'minutes
  • 11Hayes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forSmithat 24'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7McLean
  • 14Smith
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 19Robertson
  • 25Shankland
  • 28Daniels
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
8,686

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Aberdeen 0.

Booking

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Willo Flood.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Foul by Scott Smith (Dundee United).

Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aidan Connolly (Dundee United).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Smith replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Charlie Telfer (Dundee United).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT341681046361056
4Dundee Utd34164145350352
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock35108173853-1538
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell3595213460-2632
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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