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Hibernian 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Easter Road
  • Stunning Ozturk goal secures draw for Hearts
  • Malonga had fired Hibs in front
  • Paterson red-carded for visitors

Hearts rescued their unbeaten league record with a late Alim Ozturk strike that secured a draw against Hibernian.

Hibs had been the more impressive team, and led the game after Dominique Malonga's first-half effort.

Even after Callum Paterson was sent off in the 79th minute, Hearts kept pressing Hibs back.

That resolve paid off when Ozturk, with the game deep into injury time, rifled in a 40-yard shot that hit the underside of the bar on its way in.

Hibs set out to be bold and self-assured against the team that has led the league all season and seemed capable of dominating the Championship.

The Edinburgh derby has tended to rob Hibs of their self-esteem, however, Hearts having been on top for much of the past decade.

Even recent form would have nagged at the Easter Road side, the visitors having won five of the last six encounters.

In blustery conditions, it was the home side who were more sprightly and assertive.

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Hearts might have felt that their powerful resilience - a feature of their commanding start to the season - would belittle the best of Hibs, but the visitors also lacked fluency in attack.

Those characteristics allowed Hibs to sketch the most inventive and hopeful patterns into the play, although the game was mostly rugged.

Passages of possession tended to be brief and hurried, but in Scott Allan and Dylan McGeouch they had players who could be artful in midfield, both in the way they moved into space and the way they carried the ball forward.

The state of the game was concerning to Hibs fans as much as it was heartening.

Their team has often impressed during these fixtures, but failed to capitalise and then seen Hearts take advantage.

There was a familiar moment of alarm, then, when Soufian El Hassnaoui found himself through on goal, but his shot was straight at Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Hibs were unbowed, though, and when an Allan corner was headed goalward by Liam Fontaine, the ball was parried by keeper Neil Alexander. A scramble ensued, with Jason Cummings having a shot blocked before Malonga lashed the ball high into the net.

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Allan remained central in the second half, delivering two crosses that Malonga headed wide.

The midfielder also went on a surging run towards the penalty area that Prince Buaben stopped on the edge of the box with a crude trip.

Hearts were best served by their width, with substitute Jamie Walker sending in one cross that Oxley fumbled, then Paterson's delivery was mis-kicked by Billy King.

Given Hibs' recent history in this fixture, a growing nervousness with the slender lead was inevitable.

They sat ever deeper, but Paterson's rashness as he leapt off the ground to lunge at Malonga was a respite.

With Hearts reduced to 10 men, Hibs ought to have seen the game out, but Ozturk's glorious strike was unstoppable, and a cruel blow to Hibs.

Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Hearts
Malonga scored from inside a crowded penalty area to give Hibs the lead
Hibernian players celebrating
Hibs became the first side to take the lead against Hearts in the league this season
David Gray and Morgaro Gomis
Predictably, the derby was fiercely competitive
Hearts' Callum Paterson is sent off against Hibernian
Hearts appeared to have a mountain to climb when Paterson (far right) was dismissed
Alim Ozturk celebrates after scoring for Hearts against Hibernian
But Ozturk had the last word with a superb goal to preserve Hearts' unbeaten record in the division



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1OxleyBooked at 69mins
  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 78mins
  • 23McGeouch
  • 20AllanSubstituted forHarrisat 74'minutes
  • 8Robertson
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forStantonat 74'minutes
  • 24Malonga
  • 35Cummings


  • 7Harris
  • 10Craig
  • 11Stanton
  • 14Heffernan
  • 22Booth
  • 30Kennedy
  • 31Perntreou


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2PatersonBooked at 79mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4WilsonSubstituted forMcGheeat 58'minutes
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11Nicholson
  • 17BuabenBooked at 49minsSubstituted forat 84'minutes
  • 6GomisBooked at 70mins
  • 12KingSubstituted forBuchananat 87'minutes
  • 20Sow
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forWalkerat 55'minutes


  • 3McHattie
  • 7Walker
  • 10Holt
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 28Buchanan
  • 30McGhee
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the high centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Buchanan replaces Billy King.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Matthew Kennedy replaces Jason Cummings.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Dismissal

    Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

  15. Booking

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

  17. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Daniel Handling.

As It Stood

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