Substitute Henri Anier struck late on his league debut to give Motherwell a Premiership opening win against Hibs at Easter Road.

The hosts struggled in front of goal, although a Scott Robertson volley was well saved by keeper Lee Hollis.

Anier chased a long ball to net the 83rd minute with a composed strike past Ben Williams.

Moments before the goal, Williams had saved a John Sutton shot and a header from Stephen McManus.

The hot weather in Scotland's capital failed to produce any sizzling football as both sides set out to banish the shadows of disappointing results in the Europa League qualifiers.

Hibs, off the back of a 9-0 aggregate defeat against Malmo, handed debuts to striker James Collins and defender Michael Nelson and both men enjoyed promising debuts.

Nelson rarely put a foot wrong at the heart of defence, while Collins looked lively but was starved of good service

Motherwell, currently 2-0 down after the first leg against Kuban Krasnodar, started slowly, with playmakers Iain Vigurs and James McFadden strangely muted.

Williams caught a strike from Keith Lasley and Bob McHugh sent an awkward header wide after stealing in behind the home defence.

Hibs had a lot of the ball but were laboured in their build-up play and when a rare chance did materialise Alex Harris shot high over the bar from 18 yards.

Shortly after the restart, McFadden worked his way down the left flank and cut back for McHugh but the forward's low shot trickled towards Williams, with Sutton unable to get a touch from close range.

A brief flurry from Hibs started with Liam Craig's daisy-cutting free-kick being gathered by Hollis.

And the same player should have scored when he slid in to connect with a low Harris cross, only to poke the ball wide under pressure from Steven Hammell.

Collins headed wide from a great Fraser Mullen delivery and Kevin Thomson's shot from distance was comfortably saved.

Hibs thought they had found the opener when Robertson thumped a volley from the edge of the penalty area but Hollis made a good diving parry to deny the industrious midfielder.

With 12 minutes remaining, a long ball over the top sent Sutton free and Williams at full-stretch to touch the striker's angled shot wide. From the resulting corner, a powerful header from McManus was also well saved.

The Hibs defence was caught out again soon after when Shaun Hutchinson's clearing header allowed Anier to sprint clear and the Estonian summer signing confidently struck past Williams.

With the match drawing to a close home fans were on their feet when McManus appeared to get away with a push on Owain Tudur Jones when the pair challenged for a high ball in the penalty box, but referee Bobby Madden showed no interest in the appeals from the home players, who were soon trudging off to a chorus of jeers.

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

3 4

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:31

Keith Lasley makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:27

The ball is crossed by Sam Stanton.

90:00 +0:33

Lewis Stevenson sends in a cross.

85:13

Henri Anier challenges Michael Nelson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:51

Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

84:44

Danny Handling fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick.

84:38

Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thomson goes off and Danny Handling comes on.

83:58

Owain Tudur Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley.

82:37

The assist for the goal came from Stephen McManus.

82:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Henri Anier - Hibernian 0 - 1 Motherwell Henri Anier slots the ball left footed into the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Motherwell.

81:55

Shot by Keith Lasley.

81:14

Clearance made by Michael Nelson.

81:11

Steven Hammell crosses the ball.

79:41

Header by John Sutton misses right.

79:15

Corner taken by Iain Vigurs from the left by-line.

78:46

Corner taken by Iain Vigurs.

78:16

John Sutton has an effort at goal. Ben Williams fumbles the ball.

77:49 Substitution

Substitution Tom Taiwo comes on in place of Scott Robertson.

76:13

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

75:58

Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Henri Anier results in a free kick.

74:31 Substitution

Substitution Paul Lawson goes off and Stuart Carswell comes on.

73:00

Fraser Mullen takes the free kick.

72:30

Foul by Paul Lawson on Kevin Thomson, free kick awarded.

71:53

The ball is delivered by Keith Lasley.

70:29

Clearance by Liam Craig.

70:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Iain Vigurs.

69:32

Stephen McManus makes a clearance.

69:29

Scott Robertson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

69:26 Substitution

Substitution Zaine Francis-Angol joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McFadden.

68:50 Substitution

Substitution Henri Anier comes on in place of Robert McHugh.

68:18 Substitution

Substitution Sam Stanton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Harris.

66:34 Booking

Booking

66:34

Shaun Hutchinson receives a caution.

66:28

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Harris.

66:10

Clearance by Stephen McManus.

66:07

The ball is sent over by Alex Harris.

63:04

Michael Nelson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

62:39

Corner taken by Scott Robertson from the left by-line.

62:20

Shot by Scott Robertson. Lee Hollis parries the ball but the danger is not over.

61:24

Alex Harris produces a cross.

60:00

Liam Craig crosses the ball.

58:24

Shot by Kevin Thomson.

56:50

Header at goal by James Collins misses left of the target.

56:39

The ball is crossed by Fraser Mullen.

55:40

Header at goal by Iain Vigurs goes over the bar.

55:35

The ball is sent over by Paul Lawson.

54:52

Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

54:47

Fraser Mullen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Iain Vigurs.

53:05

The ball is sent over by Keith Lasley.

51:46

Liam Craig fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Lee Hollis safely holds on.

51:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Shaun Hutchinson.

49:34

Centre by James McFadden.

48:26

Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.

47:57

Paul Lawson is shown a yellow card.

47:57 Booking

Booking

47:50

Unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson by Paul Lawson results in a free kick.

45:28

Liam Craig crosses the ball.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

44:55

Iain Vigurs takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

43:02

Kevin Thomson is booked.

43:02 Booking

Booking

42:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Keith Lasley.

40:08

Paul Lawson takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

39:59

Clearance made by Owain Tudur Jones.

39:55

Corner taken by Iain Vigurs.

39:29

Steven Hammell crosses the ball.

38:33

James McFadden sends in a cross.

37:55

Steven Hammell restarts play with the free kick.

37:49

Unfair challenge on Robert McHugh by Owain Tudur Jones results in a free kick.

35:36

Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.

35:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by Iain Vigurs.

34:46

Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

34:41

Unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by James Collins results in a free kick.

33:09

Steven Hammell takes the free kick.

33:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on James McFadden.

31:33

Paul Lawson takes a shot and cleared the goal.

30:48

Stephen McManus takes the free kick.

30:37

John Sutton fouled by Scott Robertson, the ref awards a free kick.

29:36

Shot by Alex Harris missed to the right of the net.

27:24

Header at goal by Robert McHugh misses to the right.

25:39

Keith Lasley takes a shot. Ben Williams safely holds on.

23:59

Steven Hammell produces a cross.

23:24

Stephen McManus takes the free kick.

23:07

Foul by Paul Hanlon on John Sutton, free kick awarded.

22:23

Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

22:20

The ball is swung over by Simon Ramsden.

20:33

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

20:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Shaun Hutchinson.

15:20

The ball is delivered by Liam Craig.

14:34

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

14:03

John Sutton is ruled offside.

13:24

The ball is crossed by Liam Craig.

12:10

Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

11:51

Foul by James McFadden on Liam Craig, free kick awarded.

11:19

Corner taken by Liam Craig.

10:48

Owain Tudur Jones takes a shot.

10:20

Clearance by Steven Hammell.

10:15

Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.

9:55

Corner taken by Liam Craig.

8:39

Shot by Iain Vigurs missed to the left of goal.

7:18

Fraser Mullen takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

7:10

A cross is delivered by Lewis Stevenson.

6:39

Clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.

6:37

The ball is swung over by Liam Craig.

4:55

Corner taken by Fraser Mullen from the right by-line.

4:30

The ball is sent over by James Collins.

2:50

Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

2:43

John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon.

1:03

Free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.

0:58

Lewis Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on James McFadden.

0:35

Centre by Fraser Mullen.

0:00

The match begins.

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