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Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

Abiola Dauda's fifth goal of the season was enough to give Hearts victory and send Aberdeen crashing to only a second home defeat of the campaign.

The Nigerian took advantage of a blunder by Dons keeper Adam Collin to give Robbie Neilson's side a third win this year against Derek McInnes' team.

Collin spilled Alim Ozturk's free-kick on a night when there were precious few clear-cut chances for either team.

The setback means Aberdeen cannot match last season's points tally of 75.

Amazingly both these teams will be in action in just seven weeks' time when the Europa League qualifiers get underway, nearly a fortnight before the European Championship final in France.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Adam Collin
Aberdeen keeper Collin cut a dejected figure at full-time

In the early exchanges it seemed like the Hearts players' minds were already on their short summer break with a real lethargy about their play.

There were no such problems for Aberdeen as they played with pace and an aggression McInnes felt they lacked when losing at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup and Premiership earlier this year.

Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes stretched the visitors in wide areas but the Dons struggled to capitalise with midfielder Kenny McLean forced to play up front while Adam Rooney and Simon Church sat out injured.

The Dons hogged the majority of possession and flashed a few inviting balls across the face of the penalty area but failed to create much in the way of clear scoring chances.

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McGinn did try his best with a free-kick from a central position but it dipped too late to test Hearts' young goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

It actually took Robbie Neilson's side fully 34 minutes to pose the first problem for the Dons defence when they finally strung some passes together in an attacking area.

The ball eventually broke back to Prince Buaben, who bent a 25-yard drive towards the left-hand post and Collin was forced into a full-length dive to push the effort to safety.

But the goalkeeper was badly at fault when he allowed Ozturk's free-kick to squirm into Dauda's path for the only goal of the game.

And Aberdeen - runners-up in the Premiership for a second year running - could not recover against third-placed Hearts.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 19Collin
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Hayes
  • 22JackBooked at 63mins
  • 8FloodSubstituted forNuttallat 81'minutes
  • 26McKennaSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinn

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 23Storie
  • 27Wright
  • 30Lennox
  • 41Nuttall

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24Souttar
  • 17OshaniwaBooked at 24mins
  • 25DaudaSubstituted forReillyat 79'minutes
  • 8Buaben
  • 23Kitchen
  • 44ZanattaSubstituted forNicholsonat 68'minutes
  • 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forMcGheeat 90'minutes
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum

Substitutes

  • 1Alexander
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 28Smith
  • 37Moore
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
10,087

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Attempt saved. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Juanma.

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Nuttall replaces Willo Flood.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Abiola Dauda.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Foul by Cameron Smith (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Scott McKenna.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Dario Zanatta.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 1. Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Arnaud Djoum.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37258486315583
2Aberdeen372251062441871
3Hearts371810957381964
4St Johnstone37167145653355
5Motherwell37155174756-950
6Ross County37136185161-1045
7Inverness CT371310145048249
8Dundee371115115353048
9Partick Thistle37129163948-945
10Hamilton37119174061-2142
11Kilmarnock3799193960-2136
12Dundee Utd3777234168-2725
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