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Motherwell 2-2 Heart of Midlothian

Louis Moult celebrates after scoring for Motherwell
Louis Moult bagged an early opener for Motherwell

Hearts closed the gap at the top of the Premiership on Celtic to five points after a thrilling draw with Motherwell at Fir Park.

Louis Moult and Marvin Johnson twice had the home side in front, with goals in either half in inclement conditions.

They were clawed back, though, by equalisers from Juanma and Osman Sow.

The draw ensures Motherwell move seven points clear of bottom-placed Dundee United, who lost away to Hamilton Academical on Saturday.

It was a stunning start by the home side who took the lead after just 90 seconds.

Hearts captain Blazej Augustyn was short with a back-pass and Moult was denied by goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

From the clearance the ball was crossed back into the box, and the Motherwell striker got the better of Alexander who spilled the ball under pressure for Moult to tap into the empty net.

Despite furious protests from Alexander and his defenders, referee Steven McLean allowed the goal to stand, showing Alexander a yellow card.

This stung the visitors into action and they equalised barely two minutes later.

Good quick feet by Sow allowed him time to slip the ball through to Hearts' top scorer Juanma who clipped the ball over the advancing Connor Ripley.

Sow then had a glorious chance to put Hearts in front, seizing upon a short back-pass by Kieran Kennedy but firing his effort straight at Ripley.

Despite the poor weather the game was swinging from end to end as both teams fought tenaciously to take the lead.

Osman Sow scores for Hearts
Osman Sow's fantastic strike levelled for Hearts in the second half

A Stephen Pearson effort from 12 yards was blocked by Augustyn while Igor Rossi and Callum Paterson both came close with headers for the Tynecastle side.

Before the break there was a huge let-off for Hearts when Johnson used his electric pace to set up Moult just a yard out.

His effort was saved by Alexander and the ball crept along the line before the danger was cleared.

Into the second half and Scott McDonald twice came close to putting Motherwell in front before the hosts eventually regained control.

Johnson collected a loose ball just inside the Hearts half and drove straight towards goal.

Rossi and Jordan McGhee both attempted to block his path to goal but the winger twisted and turned before rifling home from 12 yards.

The lead though, once again, was short-lived as the visitors drew level for a second time.

Sow collected a loose ball 30 yards out and decided to have a pop at goal, powering a spectacular, dipping effort over the outstretched arms of Ripley.

Blustery winds and at times heavy rain meant that silky soccer was not on the menu but both teams continued to stride forward looking for a winner.

Hearts substitute Prince Buaben had an effort blocked and from the rebound Sam Nicholson fired over the bar from 10 yards.

Moult and Lionel Ainsworth also tried to break down Hearts' defence late on without success leaving both teams with a point apiece.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellBooked at 29mins
  • 4GrimshawBooked at 80mins
  • 14Lasley
  • 8PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forAinsworthat 68'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forRobinsonat 85'minutes
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 12Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 23Thomas
  • 25Taylor

Hearts

  • 1AlexanderBooked at 3mins
  • 2Paterson
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18RossiBooked at 66mins
  • 17OshaniwaSubstituted forMcGheeat 51'minutes
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezBooked at 23mins
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 23SwansonSubstituted forBuabenat 68'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10Sow

Substitutes

  • 6Gomis
  • 8Buaben
  • 13Hamilton
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 27Buchanan
  • 44Zanatta
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
5,141

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Lionel Ainsworth.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Hammell.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Theo Robinson replaces Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kieran Kennedy.

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

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

Attempt blocked. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kieran Kennedy.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Stephen Pearson.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 2. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the high centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Prince Buaben replaces Danny Swanson.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Marvin Johnson.

Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Heart of Midlothian 1. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott McDonald.

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Juwon Oshaniwa because of an injury.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15113138112736
2Aberdeen1610242518732
3Hearts1694329171231
4St Johnstone168353224827
5Hamilton166462122-122
6Ross County166372322121
7Dundee164842225-320
8Inverness CT154561619-317
9Partick Thistle164571723-617
10Kilmarnock164481729-1216
11Motherwell164391323-1015
12Dundee Utd1622121232-208
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