Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen
Hearts 3 - 0 Aberdeen
Hearts recorded the first league win of Paulo Sergio's managerial reign as Aberdeen's disappointing start to the season continued.
Kari Arnason headed against the Hearts crossbar before Arvydas Novikovas fired the home side ahead.
John Sutton converted a David Templeton cross for Hearts' second.
Sutton slipped home his second goal after the break and Fraser Fyvie missed an excellent chance for Aberdeen, who have yet to score this season.
The Dons remain joint bottom of the Scottish Premier League with a single point while Hearts end a run of two straight defeats with their first league victory of the campaign.
The visitors started brightly and almost took the lead when Rob Milsom's corner found the head of Arnason and the Iceland international's effort smacked the bar before being cleared.
Arnason also had a shot wide during a promising spell for the Dons.
But it was Hearts who took the lead against the run of play as Novikovas picked up the ball on the right-hand side of the box, cut inside and lashed a left-foot shot into the net.
Hearts continued to press and Danny Grainger's free-kick was well held by Aberdeen goalkeeper David Gonzalez.
Scott Vernon and Darren Mackie headed off target for Aberdeen before Hearts doubled their lead.
Templeton was the architect, dancing his way towards the byline and clipping the ball across for Sutton to tap home his first goal for the Tynecastle side.
Winger Templeton then curled a shot over in the closing stages of the first half.
The Aberdeen defence was opened up again seven minutes after the interval when Scott Robinson forced the ball through to Sutton.
The striker deftly nudged the ball past Gonzalez with the outside of his right foot to extend Hearts' lead.
Fyvie dragged a shot wide from a promising position after retrieving the ball at the back post.
Rudi Skacel, who had replaced Novikovas at half-time, volleyed into the arms of Gonzalez with a quarter of an hour remaining.
And Hearts remained comfortable in the closing stages as they warmed up for Thursday's Europa League meeting with Tottenham.
Heart of Midlothian
- 25 Kello
- 03 Grainger
- 26 Zaliukas
- 02 Hamill Booked
- 04 Jonsson (McGowan - 88' )
- 12 Templeton
- 16 Stevenson (McHattie - 80' )
- 31 Mrowiec
- 15 Sutton
- 18 Novikovas (Skacel - 46' )
- 27 Robinson
- 30 MacDonald
- 17 McGowan
- 11 Driver
- 19 Skacel
- 49 McHattie
- 10 Elliott
- 22 Smith
- 20 Gonzalez
- 02 McArdle (Jack - 61' )
- 03 Foster
- 05 Mawene
- 06 Considine
- 08 Milsom
- 11 Arnason Booked
- 16 Osbourne
- 17 Fyvie
- 09 Vernon (Magennis - 65' )
- 10 Mackie (Pawlett - 46' )
- 32 Brown
- 07 Clark
- 15 Pawlett
- 22 Jack
- 19 Paton
- 21 Magennis
- 23 Megginson
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +0:47
Fraser Fyvie crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.90:00 +0:47 Booking
Booking Jamie Hamill goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +0:44
Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom.89:54
Robert Milsom challenges Jamie Hamill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.87:18
Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.87:18 Substitution
Substitution Ryan McGowan is brought on as a substitute for Eggert Jonsson.87:18
Kari Arnason challenges David Templeton unfairly and gives away a free kick.83:19
Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.83:19 Booking
Booking Kari Arnason receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.83:13
Foul by Kari Arnason on Scott Robinson, free kick awarded.81:06
Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaac Osbourne on Rudi Skacel. Rudi Skacel takes the free kick.79:43 Substitution
Substitution Kevin McHattie comes on in place of Ryan Stevenson.77:36
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson by Kari Arnason. Scott Robinson restarts play with the free kick.75:30
Rudi Skacel takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.73:51
Foul by Kari Arnason on Rudi Skacel, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.71:38
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kari Arnason by Scott Robinson. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.70:09
Eggert Jonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom from left channel, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.67:07
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Templeton. David Gonzalez takes the free kick.65:09
Peter Pawlett fouled by Adrian Mrowiec, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Milsom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by John Sutton.
Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.64:26 Substitution
Substitution Josh Magennis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Vernon.64:26
John Sutton is caught offside.64:00
Scott Vernon challenges Eggert Jonsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.63:25
Robert Milsom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.60:45 Substitution
Substitution Rory McArdle leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Jack.58:41
Jamie Hamill takes a short corner.57:51
Richard Foster takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.57:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robinson on Kari Arnason. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.56:41
The ball is crossed by Scott Vernon, Effort on goal by Fraser Fyvie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.55:55
Fraser Fyvie fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Robert Milsom from left by-line, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.54:23
Corner taken by Robert Milsom, Marian Kello makes a save.51:55
Assist on the goal came from David Templeton.51:55 Goal scored
Goal! - John Sutton - Hearts 3 - 0 Aberdeen Goal scored by John Sutton from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 3-0 Aberdeen.45:01
The match restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Peter Pawlett coming on for Darren Mackie.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Rudi Skacel is brought on as a substitute for Arvydas Novikovas.45:00 +1:06 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +0:42
Shot by David Templeton from outside the box goes over the net.43:47
Scott Vernon is caught offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.41:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie by Adrian Mrowiec. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.39:54
The referee blows for offside against Fraser Fyvie. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.39:25
Daniel Grainger challenges Isaac Osbourne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.38:22
Foul by Richard Foster on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jamie Hamill, clearance made by Kari Arnason.36:17
Header from deep inside the area by Scott Vernon goes harmlessly over the crossbar.34:40
The assist for the goal came from David Templeton.34:40 Goal scored
Goal! - John Sutton - Hearts 2 - 0 Aberdeen A goal is scored by John Sutton from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hearts 2-0 Aberdeen.33:17
Kari Arnason crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Mackie misses to the right of the target.29:33
Scott Vernon challenges Adrian Mrowiec unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marian Kello takes the free kick.27:10
Header from deep inside the area by Scott Vernon goes over the bar.26:34
Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Vernon. Fraser Fyvie restarts play with the free kick.25:27
Foul by Andrew Considine on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, David Gonzalez makes a save.24:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Darren Mackie. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.23:09
David Templeton provided the assist for the goal.23:09 Goal scored
Goal! - Arvydas Novikovas - Hearts 1 - 0 Aberdeen Arvydas Novikovas fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Aberdeen.22:49
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Fraser Fyvie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.21:08
The offside flag is raised against David Gonzalez. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.19:43
Shot from outside the box by Kari Arnason misses to the left of the target.18:10
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.13:26
Robert Milsom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.12:04
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.11:31
Youl Mawene concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mrowiec.10:09
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Kari Arnason takes a shot.9:17
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Mackie. Eggert Jonsson restarts play with the free kick.8:28
The offside flag is raised against Fraser Fyvie. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Grainger.6:58
The referee blows for offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.6:19
Ryan Stevenson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.4:44
Corner taken by Robert Milsom, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.4:06
Foul by Kari Arnason on Scott Robinson, free kick awarded. Adrian Mrowiec restarts play with the free kick.3:52
The referee blows for offside. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.3:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Scott Vernon. Scott Robinson takes the free kick.1:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Robert Milsom. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.0:15
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas by Isaac Osbourne. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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