Dundee United boosted their Europa League chances by beating 10-man Hibernian comfortably at Easter Road - despite missing two penalties.

Nadir Ciftci had a spot-kick saved before he broke the deadlock.

Radoslaw Cierzniak's mistake handed Jordon Forster the equaliser, but Gavin Gunning restored the visitors' lead.

Gary Mackay-Steven hit a second penalty over the bar and Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo was sent off before Farid El Alagui wrapped up the points late on.

It was a third successive victory for Jackie McNamara's men, who moved just three points behind Motherwell in the battle for a place in the Europa League.

Hibs continue a poor run of results, with just one win in their last five home matches.

The home side almost snatched the lead though in the opening minutes when United's Polish keeper Cierzniak tried to punch the ball clear but it ricocheted off the head of Paul Hanlon and bounced over the bar.

Nadir Ciftci celebrates Dundee United's opening goal against Hibernian

Nadir Ciftci (centre) opened the scoring for Dundee United at Easter Road

The game roared into life in the 22nd minute when Dundee United were awarded a debatable penalty. Ryan Dow's progress was blocked by Hanlon outside the box, but referee Euan Norris pointed to the spot.

Furious Hibs players surrounded the referee, but United passed up the chance, with Ciftci's tame effort saved easily by Ben Williams.

The keeper had more to do a minute later when he tipped over Dow's effort, and then denied Ciftci.

But the Turkish striker opened the scoring when he muscled Hanlon off the ball, then deftly switched to his left foot and placed a shot into the corner for his 10th goal of the season.

The home side drew level when Cierzniak again tried to punch clear from a corner, and the ball flew in off the head of Forster, who did not know much about it.

McNamara's men continued their dominance into the second half and Ciftci and Mackay-Steven both fired efforts just off target, but it did not take long before they were back in front.

Mackay-Steven picked out Gunning, who had a simple header into the net at the back post.

United got a second penalty when Gunning's feet were taken from under him by Michael Nelson, and this time there was no doubt about the decision - but Mackay-Steven blazed over.

The visitors could have had a third penalty when Nelson mistimed another challenge and caught the foot of John Rankin.

Any hope of a Hibs comeback were dealt a further blow when Taiwo was sent off for a second yellow card when a rash challenge brought down Paul Paton.

That simply invited more pressure and the third goal inevitably arrived when Andrew Robertson broke clear on the left and delivered a perfectly angled ball for El Alagui to poke in at the near post.

Sam Stanton hit the outside of the post with a free-kick, but if another goal was coming it always looked more likely to be from the visitors, with the majority of the Easter Road crowd heading to the exits long before the final whistle.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster
  • 03 McGivern Booked
  • 20 Taiwo Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon Booked (Boateng - 71' )
  • 07 Harris
  • 10 Craig Booked (Handling - 61' )
  • 33 Haynes (Collins - 80' )
  • 26 Stanton
  • 16 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Collins
  • 15 Boateng
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 35 Cummings

Dundee United

  • 01 Cierzniak
  • 12 Watson
  • 26 Robertson
  • 06 Paton
  • 05 Gunning
  • 03 Good Booked
  • 11 Mackay-Steven Booked (Gomis - 90' )
  • 08 Rankin
  • 21 Ciftci (Graham - 80' )
  • 10 Armstrong (El Alagui - 79' )
  • 18 Dow Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Dillon
  • 09 Graham
  • 16 Wilson
  • 25 McCallum
  • 27 Gomis
  • 29 El Alagui
  • 39 Connolly
Ref: Euan Norris
Att: 9,608

Match Stats

Shots

4 15

On target

1 7

Corners

6 11

Fouls

18 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3.

90:00 +2:31

Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +1:51

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Daniel Boateng (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:20

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:12

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Boateng.

89:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Morgaro Gomis replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

89:21

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

89:21

John Rankin (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:36

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

83:08

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:08

Foul by Curtis Good (Dundee United).

82:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Dundee United 3. Farid El Alagui (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

79:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Danny Haynes.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Brian Graham replaces Nadir Ciftci.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dundee United. Farid El Alagui replaces Stuart Armstrong.

78:28

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

78:28

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:04

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ryan Dow.

76:39

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

75:52

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

73:43

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:43

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Dundee United).

73:07

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Daniel Boateng.

71:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

71:28

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

71:28

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:36

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Alex Harris.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Boateng replaces Paul Hanlon.

69:31

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:42

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Curtis Good.

64:49 Booking

Booking Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

64:44

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:44

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

62:52

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

62:31

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

61:38

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

61:38

Curtis Good (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Liam Craig.

59:31

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) left footed shot is too high. Gary Mackay-Steven should be disappointed.

59:04

Penalty conceded by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:04

Penalty Dundee United. Gavin Gunning draws a foul in the penalty area.

58:23

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

56:37 Booking

Booking Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

56:31

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

56:31

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Dundee United 2. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Gary Mackay-Steven with a cross following a corner.

55:00

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Liam Craig.

52:53

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

52:10 Booking

Booking Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

52:04

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

52:04

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

50:52 Booking

Booking Ryan Dow (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

50:46

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:46

Foul by Ryan Dow (Dundee United).

48:55

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

47:34 Booking

Booking Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

47:21

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

47:21

Paul Paton (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:24

Attempt missed. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 1, Dundee United 1.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 1, Dundee United 1.

45:00 +1:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Dundee United 1. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

45:00 +0:56

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Keith Watson.

42:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 0, Dundee United 1. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

41:39

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ben Williams.

41:25

Attempt saved. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

39:01

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:37

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

34:37

Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:47

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:47

Foul by Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United).

32:18

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:32

Hand ball by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

29:23

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

29:23

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:45

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gavin Gunning.

25:00

Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:57

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

24:17

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ben Williams.

24:04

Attempt saved. Ryan Dow (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

23:09

Penalty saved! Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

22:33 Booking

Booking Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

22:10

Penalty conceded by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

22:10

Penalty Dundee United. Ryan Dow draws a foul in the penalty area.

21:05

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

21:05

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

19:00

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:57

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United).

18:04

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:04

Foul by Paul Paton (Dundee United).

17:06

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

16:49

Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:14

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

16:14

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:12

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Rankin.

12:25

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Dundee United).

12:25

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:14

Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:14

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

7:13

Ryan Dow (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:13

Foul by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

5:18

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:18

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

1:17

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Rankin.

0:44

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:44

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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