Scottish Premiership
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Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Celtic

Osman Sow
Osman Sow rattled in a late equaliser for Hearts

Celtic moved one point clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a fiercely contested and pulsating draw against Hearts.

The visitors were strong-willed and led twice through Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.

Those goals were not enough to quell Hearts, who played with relentless commitment before a packed Tynecastle.

Sam Nicholson equalised at the end of the first half and Osman Sow did the same in the 90th minute with a stunning, slightly deflected strike.

Celtic had been immediately assertive. Their play in the opening stages was full of vigour and intent, with Rogic prominent as he dropped into pockets of space between Hearts' defence and midfield.

The visitors were unable to take full advantage, though, and that contributed to the nature of the game, which was so full of energy and commitment that it swept from one incident to another.

There were moments of alarm for the visitors - who lost Stuart Armstrong and Dedryck Boyata to injury in the opening half-hour - with Craig Gordon saving a Kieran Tierney clearance that bounced towards goal and a Gavin Reilly effort.

The visitors' resolve was being tested by the circumstances, but they did not lack spirit and were soon in front.

Hearts were complicit, with Igor Rossi charging out of his position and his centre-back partner Blazej Augustyn failing to clear the ball with an awkward attempt to volley it away.

Morgaro Gomis could not tidy up the mess either, with the ball being pushed towards Bitton, who, with cool assurance, clipped a shot past Neil Alexander.

Tom Rogic celebrates
Tom Rogic scored Celtic's second goal

There was little time for Celtic to build on the lead, since Hearts refused to be subdued. Three minutes later, Prince Buaben sent a deep cross into the penalty area and although Mikael Lustig reached the ball first, Nicholson steered a volley into the far corner.

The play was scrappier after the break, as if composure was treated as an interloper. There was also two heavy collisions in a matter of minutes, as players hurtled into challenges that told of the aggressive determination and desperation to win, and also left bodies scattered on the pitch.

With a strong sense of purpose, Celtic grew into command. There was good fortune when they took the lead, since the ball broke to Rogic at the edge of the area, but he had the presence of mind and deftness of touch to sweep a left-foot shot into the top corner.

It was not the last accomplished moment of the game, though, since Sow, with the aid of a deflection, delivered a hard-struck and well-directed shot past Gordon after receiving the ball from a short free-kick 20 yards out.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 4AugustynBooked at 64mins
  • 18Rossi
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 8Buaben
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forPallardo Gonzalezat 62'minutes
  • 6GomisSubstituted forZanattaat 87'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 20ReillySubstituted forKingat 80'minutes
  • 10Sow

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 22McGhee
  • 23Swanson
  • 44Zanatta

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20BoyataSubstituted forAmbroseat 33'minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 5Simunovic
  • 63Tierney
  • 6Bitton
  • 25JohansenBooked at 28mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 78'minutes
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forForrestat 20'minutes
  • 7CiftciBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 4Ambrose
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 19Allan
  • 24Cole
  • 26Bailly
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
16,844

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Celtic 2.

Full Time

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

Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

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

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

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

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Celtic 2. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Prince Buaben following a set piece situation.

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Morgaro Gomis.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Gavin Reilly.

Booking

Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Celtic).

Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Tomas Rogic.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

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

Attempt missed. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Celtic 2. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

Booking

Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nadir Ciftci (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Miguel Pallardó replaces Arnaud Djoum because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic19134247163143
2Aberdeen20133434201442
3Hearts1996431201133
4St Johnstone199463529631
5Ross County208393329427
6Partick Thistle186571923-423
7Dundee205872935-623
8Inverness CT195772327-422
9Hamilton196492230-822
10Motherwell186391825-721
11Kilmarnock2055102036-1620
12Dundee Utd1924131536-2110
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