Match ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3.
Hibernian 1-3 Dundee United
Dundee United boosted their Europa League chances by beating 10-man Hibernian comfortably at Easter Road - despite missing two penalties.
Nadir Ciftci had a spot-kick saved before he broke the deadlock.
Radoslaw Cierzniak's mistake handed Jordon Forster the equaliser, but Gavin Gunning restored the visitors' lead.
Gary Mackay-Steven hit a second penalty over the bar and Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo was sent off before Farid El Alagui wrapped up the points late on.
It was a third successive victory for Jackie McNamara's men, who moved just three points behind Motherwell in the battle for a place in the Europa League.
Hibs continue a poor run of results, with just one win in their last five home matches.
The home side almost snatched the lead though in the opening minutes when United's Polish keeper Cierzniak tried to punch the ball clear but it ricocheted off the head of Paul Hanlon and bounced over the bar.
The game roared into life in the 22nd minute when Dundee United were awarded a debatable penalty. Ryan Dow's progress was blocked by Hanlon outside the box, but referee Euan Norris pointed to the spot.
Furious Hibs players surrounded the referee, but United passed up the chance, with Ciftci's tame effort saved easily by Ben Williams.
The keeper had more to do a minute later when he tipped over Dow's effort, and then denied Ciftci.
But the Turkish striker opened the scoring when he muscled Hanlon off the ball, then deftly switched to his left foot and placed a shot into the corner for his 10th goal of the season.
The home side drew level when Cierzniak again tried to punch clear from a corner, and the ball flew in off the head of Forster, who did not know much about it.
McNamara's men continued their dominance into the second half and Ciftci and Mackay-Steven both fired efforts just off target, but it did not take long before they were back in front.
Mackay-Steven picked out Gunning, who had a simple header into the net at the back post.
United got a second penalty when Gunning's feet were taken from under him by Michael Nelson, and this time there was no doubt about the decision - but Mackay-Steven blazed over.
The visitors could have had a third penalty when Nelson mistimed another challenge and caught the foot of John Rankin.
Any hope of a Hibs comeback were dealt a further blow when Taiwo was sent off for a second yellow card when a rash challenge brought down Paul Paton.
That simply invited more pressure and the third goal inevitably arrived when Andrew Robertson broke clear on the left and delivered a perfectly angled ball for El Alagui to poke in at the near post.
Sam Stanton hit the outside of the post with a free-kick, but if another goal was coming it always looked more likely to be from the visitors, with the majority of the Easter Road crowd heading to the exits long before the final whistle.
- 3McGivernBooked at 23mins
- 20TaiwoBooked at 72mins
- 4HanlonBooked at 53minsSubstituted forBoatengat 71'minutes
- 10CraigBooked at 57minsSubstituted forHandlingat 61'minutes
- 33HaynesSubstituted forCollinsat 80'minutes
- 3GoodBooked at 84mins
- 11Mackay-StevenBooked at 65minsSubstituted forGomisat 90'minutes
- 21CiftciSubstituted forGrahamat 80'minutes
- 10ArmstrongSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 79'minutes
- 18DowBooked at 51mins
- 29El Alagui
- Euan Norris
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3.
Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Daniel Boateng (Hibernian).
Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Boateng.
Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Good (Dundee United).
Goal! Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.
Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Danny Haynes.
Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Nadir Ciftci.
Substitution, Dundee United. Farid El Alagui replaces Stuart Armstrong.
Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).
Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ryan Dow.