Scottish Premiership
Dundee1Hearts2

Dundee 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Juanma levels from the penalty spot at Dens Park
Juanma levels from the penalty spot at Dens Park

Juanma scored twice as Hearts came from behind at Dundee to move top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Spanish striker converted a penalty early in the second half and found the net with a low shot following an excellent run soon after.

The visitors had been second best before the interval and fell behind to an early Kane Hemmings header.

But Dundee could not add to their lead and struggled to create openings once Hearts moved ahead.

Paul Hartley's men, who won just five home league matches last season, were full of verve and invention in a first half packed full of chances as they looked to build on their opening 4-0 victory at Kilmarnock.

However, promoted Hearts, who were 4-3 winners against St Johnstone last weekend, improved defensively after the break and saw the game out comfortably after Juanma's brace of goals.

The hosts were ahead after five minutes when Hemmings was left unattended to nod in from a corner, which came after his stinging shot was touched behind by Neil Alexander.

Hearts lacked the hosts' early fluency but should have levelled after a neat move ended with Juanma setting up Jamie Walker, who could not beat Scott Bain with a weak shot then headed the rebound over with an empty net gaping.

Mere moments later, Dundee midfielder Paul McGowan slid in to meet a lovely pass from Hemmings but could only shoot straight at Alexander.

Hartley's side continued to find holes in the visiting rearguard, with Gary Harkins shooting into the side-netting before Hearts passed up another golden opportunity.

This time it was Juanma throwing himself into a close-range header and somehow missing the target.

Left-back Kevin Holt was always eager to get forward and came close to extending Dundee's lead in the final attack of the first half but Alexander produced a great save, low at the back post, to keep out a strong, downward header.

Kane Hemmings finds the net with a fifth-minute header
Hemmings finds the net with a fifth-minute header

Following a quiet 45 minutes at left-back, new Hearts signing Juwon Oshaniwa was pushed into a more advanced role and last weekend's match-winner Sam Nicholson was introduced early in the second half.

The substitute made an immediate impact when his cross was handled by James McPake and Juanma calmly tucked away the resultant penalty.

The Spaniard then knocked in his third goal in two games, slaloming past a couple of sliding challenges and slotting a composed shot into the net.

With the momentum shifted in the visitors' favour, Dundee could not find any kind of response and Hearts were rarely troubled thereafter.

A break involving Gavin Reilly presented Walker with the chance to stretch the Edinburgh side's advantage but his scuffed strike from 18 yards was easily gathered by Bain.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinnBooked at 81mins
  • 5McPake
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 89mins
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 10ThomsonBooked at 67mins
  • 18McGowan
  • 29HarkinsBooked at 54mins
  • 15HemmingsBooked at 77mins
  • 7Stewart

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 4Konrad
  • 6Meggatt
  • 11Ferry
  • 12Mitchell
  • 14Roberts
  • 30Kerr

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonBooked at 42mins
  • 4AugustynBooked at 77mins
  • 18Rossi
  • 17OshaniwaSubstituted forKingat 76'minutes
  • 5OzturkBooked at 45mins
  • 8BuabenBooked at 11mins
  • 6Gomis
  • 7Walker
  • 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forReillyat 80'minutes
  • 10SowSubstituted forNicholsonat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 35McKirdy
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
8,222

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Kane Hemmings (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee).

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Billy King (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Paul McGinn (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Juanma.

Booking

Kane Hemmings (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Juwon Oshaniwa.

Kevin Thomson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

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

Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Kevin Thomson (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Dundee).

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

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Heart of Midlothian 1. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by James McPake (Dundee).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia.

Booking

Gary Harkins (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22006426
2Dundee21015233
3Celtic11002023
4Dundee Utd21012113
5Aberdeen11001013
6Ross County21012203
7Motherwell210112-13
8Partick Thistle10100001
9St Johnstone201145-11
10Inverness CT201112-11
11Hamilton201102-21
12Kilmarnock100104-40
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