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Heart of Midlothian 2-2 Hibernian

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Tynecastle
Hibs celebrate Paul Hanlon's late leveller
Hibs celebrate Paul Hanlon's late leveller at Tynecastle

A riveting Edinburgh derby ended with Hibs storming back from 2-0 down to earn a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay.

The tie looked done at the break with ruthless first-half finishes from Arnaud Djoum and Sam Nicholson.

Hibs displayed their character and their class thereafter, dominating much of the second half at Tynecastle.

Jason Cummings headed in 12 minutes from time to set up a frenetic finish, before Paul Hanlon slid home the equaliser in injury time.

Even at that painfully late stage, there could have been a winner.

Hearts responded and, under pressure, Niklas Gunnarsson almost turned the ball into his own net. Instead, it came back off his crossbar.

Tynecastle gasped in that moment. Breathless stuff and the right result. They go again at Easter Road a week on Tuesday, 16 February, and thank heavens for that.

This was hard and fast and ultra physical. There were lusty tackles by the barrowload, bookings galore, men going off injured and a second-half fracas.

Though they were two goals down at the break, it was Hibs who created the early chances, a neat turn and curling shot by John McGinn forcing Neil Alexander into a save and then Anthony Stokes heading just over from a corner.

Arnaud Djoum (left) celebrates his goal with Callum Paterson
Arnaud Djoum (left) celebrates his fifth goal of the season with Callum Paterson

Hibs lost Dylan McGeouch through injury after half an hour - Kevin Thomson replaced him for yet another Hibs 'debut'. The visitors missed McGeouch's industry and energy and within a minute of his exit his team were behind.

It came from nothing. Hearts - with new signing Abiola Dauda selected ahead of the departing Osman Sow - had posed no threat until Lewis Stevenson headed a weak clearance to Djoum, standing free outside the penalty area.

Djoum unleased a missile that flew past Mark Oxley. It was the purest strike you could hope to see and it sent Tynecastle into raptures.

Their delirium had barely died down when they were on their feet again celebrating the second. Callum Paterson hit a diagonal ball to the left side of the Hibs' box, where Nicholson took it on his chest and planted his shot beyond Oxley.

Jason Cummings' headed goal set up a dramatic fightback by Hibs
Jason Cummings' headed goal set up a dramatic fightback by Hibs

The question now was what could Hibs find after the break. This is a team that has already beaten three Premiership teams this season - Aberdeen, Dundee United and St Johnstone all swept aside on their road to the League Cup final.

They rallied and pegged Hearts back and gave them a real fright. Gunnarsson came on as a replacement for David Gray and helped turn the tide, getting on the ball, finding space, making things happen. Marvin Bartley was like a rock in the middle of the park.

After a bout of pushing and shoving, a player pile-up and three bookings, Hibs started to create. Gunnarsson had a header saved by Alexander, then Stokes smashed one into the side-netting.

Paul Hanlon (on ground) scrambles home Hibs' equaliser
Hanlon (on ground) scrambles home Hibs' equaliser in the final minute

Hibs were dominating now, Hearts hanging on. All the energy belonged to Hibs - and all the chances. In the 78th minute, just when you started to doubt their capacity to turn possession into goals, Liam Henderson dinked in a cross and Cummings' terrific header looped in over Alexander's head.

The equaliser was late but deserving. Alexander thought he had repelled Hibs when he beat away Darren McGregor's header, but Hanlon followed up to complete the comeback.

There was time for a Hearts response. There was that Gunnarsson moment and then Thomson had to kick a Blazej Augustyn effort off the line.

Tumultuous stuff in the capital. Round two is a prospect to quicken the pulse.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 4AugustynBooked at 61mins
  • 5OzturkBooked at 37minsSubstituted forOshaniwaat 50'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 22McGheeBooked at 39mins
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forCowieat 10'minutes
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 16Sutchuin-DjoumSubstituted forWalkerat 82'minutes
  • 11NicholsonBooked at 44mins
  • 25Dauda


  • 7Walker
  • 13Hamilton
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 21Cowie
  • 24Souttar
  • 44Zanatta


Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2GraySubstituted forGunnarssonat 54'minutes
  • 24McGregorBooked at 61mins
  • 4HanlonBooked at 90mins
  • 16Stevenson
  • 6BartleyBooked at 46mins
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forThomsonat 31'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 3Henderson
  • 28StokesBooked at 62mins
  • 35Cummings


  • 5Fontaine
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 29Dagnall
  • 30Thomson
  • 32Virtanen
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Hibernian 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Niklas Gunnarsson.

  5. Booking

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Hibernian 2. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan McGhee.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian).

  9. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

  16. Post update

    Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces Arnaud Djoum because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Hibernian 1. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Liam Henderson.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

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