Scottish League Cup - Quarter-Final
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Hibernian 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Jordan McGhee and Rowan Vine

Hearts claimed an unlikely victory over Edinburgh rivals Hibernian to reach the Scottish League Cup semi-finals.

Paul Hanlon, Scott Robertson and James Collins all came close as Hibs dominated the opening quarter.

But Hearts took the lead against the run of play when Ryan Stevenson swept a shot past Ben Williams.

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Liam Craig missed an excellent chance to draw Hibs level and the hosts' misery was complete when captain James McPake was sent off late on.

Hearts - 15 points adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership - join Aberdeen, Inverness and St Johnstone in Thursday's semi-final draw with Gary Locke's side bidding to reach their second successive League Cup final.

But the Tynecastle outfit's chances of reaching the last four had seemed remote in the early stages at Easter Road.

Hanlon attacked Robertson's cross with a powerful header that came back off the right-hand post in Hibs' first attack.

The home side were firmly in control and Robertson exchanged passes with Collins before drawing a fine save from Jamie MacDonald.

And the goalkeeper frustrated Pat Fenlon's men again moments later when Robertson's controlled half-volley was touched on to the bar.

Collins did his best to beat the Hearts stopper with a low drive from the right but MacDonald was equal to it.

The visiting fans were given some encouragement when Stevenson, a pre-match doubt after going off injured in Saturday's league defeat by Kilmarnock, fashioned a shot wide.

Jamie Hamill and Ryan Stevenson
Stevenson (right) celebrates his winning goal

And the 29-year-old stunned the home crowd when he broke the deadlock with an excellent strike on the turn from 20 yards.

McPake became the latest player to be denied by MacDonald shortly before half-time, the Hibs skipper's header smothered by the keeper.

Hibs struggled to rediscover the verve and potency of their early advances and Fenlon sent on Ross Caldwell and then Abdellah Zoubir in place of Collins and Tom Taiwo, respectively.

In between the two substitutions, Craig was played in by Rowan Vine and had only the keeper to beat but his shot lacked conviction, allowing MacDonald to make another block.

Referee Willie Collum had produced his yellow card several times to deal with some heavy challenges and McPake's reckless lunge on Callum Paterson resulted in a straight red.

And some dogged defending from Hearts in the closing stages ensured they kept their lead intact and secured a semi-final berth.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 16StevensonBooked at 77mins
  • 3McGivern
  • 20TaiwoSubstituted forZoubirat 76'minutes
  • 6McPakeBooked at 84mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 87mins
  • 38ThomsonBooked at 61mins
  • 9VineBooked at 42mins
  • 14CollinsSubstituted forCaldwellat 64'minutes
  • 10Craig

Substitutes

  • 17Tudur-Jones
  • 21Murdoch
  • 23Forster
  • 27Zoubir
  • 29Caldwell

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 30McGheeBooked at 67mins
  • 3McHattie
  • 2Hamill
  • 5McGowan
  • 4WilsonBooked at 33mins
  • 7StevensonBooked at 34mins
  • 8RobinsonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forTappingat 90+2'minutes
  • 12Paterson
  • 15HoltBooked at 43mins
  • 14Walker

Substitutes

  • 13Ridgers
  • 16McKay
  • 18Carrick
  • 20Tapping
  • 28Nicholson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
16,797

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 0, Hearts 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Hearts 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Hearts) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Booking

    Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Dismissal

    James McPake (Hibernian) is shown the red card for fighting.

  8. Post update

    Foul by James McPake (Hibernian).

  9. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    James McPake (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Hearts).

  14. Booking

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  16. Post update

    Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Abdellah Zoubir replaces Tom Taiwo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

  20. Post update

    Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.