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Aberdeen 0-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Abiola Dauda's fifth goal of the season was enough to give Hearts victory and send Aberdeen crashing to only a second home defeat of the campaign.

The Nigerian took advantage of a blunder by Dons keeper Adam Collin to give Robbie Neilson's side a third win this year against Derek McInnes' team.

Collin spilled Alim Ozturk's free-kick on a night when there were precious few clear-cut chances for either team.

The setback means Aberdeen cannot match last season's points tally of 75.

Amazingly both these teams will be in action in just seven weeks' time when the Europa League qualifiers get underway, nearly a fortnight before the European Championship final in France.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Adam Collin
Aberdeen keeper Collin cut a dejected figure at full-time

In the early exchanges it seemed like the Hearts players' minds were already on their short summer break with a real lethargy about their play.

There were no such problems for Aberdeen as they played with pace and an aggression McInnes felt they lacked when losing at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup and Premiership earlier this year.

Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes stretched the visitors in wide areas but the Dons struggled to capitalise with midfielder Kenny McLean forced to play up front while Adam Rooney and Simon Church sat out injured.

The Dons hogged the majority of possession and flashed a few inviting balls across the face of the penalty area but failed to create much in the way of clear scoring chances.

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McGinn did try his best with a free-kick from a central position but it dipped too late to test Hearts' young goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

It actually took Robbie Neilson's side fully 34 minutes to pose the first problem for the Dons defence when they finally strung some passes together in an attacking area.

The ball eventually broke back to Prince Buaben, who bent a 25-yard drive towards the left-hand post and Collin was forced into a full-length dive to push the effort to safety.

But the goalkeeper was badly at fault when he allowed Ozturk's free-kick to squirm into Dauda's path for the only goal of the game.

And Aberdeen - runners-up in the Premiership for a second year running - could not recover against third-placed Hearts.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 19Collin
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Hayes
  • 22JackBooked at 63mins
  • 8FloodSubstituted forNuttallat 81'minutes
  • 26McKennaSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinn


  • 6Reynolds
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 23Storie
  • 27Wright
  • 30Lennox
  • 41Nuttall


Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24Souttar
  • 17OshaniwaBooked at 24mins
  • 25DaudaSubstituted forReillyat 79'minutes
  • 8Buaben
  • 23Kitchen
  • 44ZanattaSubstituted forNicholsonat 68'minutes
  • 19Delgado LloriaSubstituted forMcGheeat 90'minutes
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum


  • 1Alexander
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 28Smith
  • 37Moore
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Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHearts
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  5. Post update

    Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Juanma.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

  9. Post update

    John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

  13. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

  15. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Nuttall replaces Willo Flood.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Abiola Dauda.

  20. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

4St Johnstone37167145653355
6Ross County37136185161-1045
7Inverness CT371310145048249
9Partick Thistle37129163948-945
12Dundee Utd3777234168-2725
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