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Hibernian 1-1 Heart of Midlothian: Uche Ikpeazu's late strike denies home side

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Highlights: Hibernian 1-1 Heart of Midlothian

Uche Ikpeazu's late equaliser denied Hibernian back-to-back Edinburgh derby victories and kept Hearts within three points of their fifth-top hosts.

Visiting captain Christophe Berra deflected a Daryl Horgan cross into his own net after a spell of Hibs pressure with 20 minutes remaining.

It looked like that would be enough for Hibs despite Marc McNulty having earlier missed a penalty.

But Ikpeazu slid in from Steven MacLean's cut-back to secure a point.

Hearts ended a breathtaking game on top to end their run of three Scottish Premiership defeats against a Hibs side who are now unbeaten in 10 league outings under Paul Heckingbottom.

Hibs are now four points adrift of fourth-place Kilmarnock with three games remaining in the race for a potential Europa League place.

Fire, fury and a fine finish

With an unchanged Hibs the league's form team and and Hearts having lost three Premiership games in a row - including that derby defeat at Tynecastle - the form book pointed firmly towards a home win.

However, Hearts manager Craig Levein's changes in personnel and formation appeared to knock the home side out of their early stride. With 17-year-olds Connor Smith, handed a surprise first start, and Harry Cochrane introduced to form part of a four-man box in central midfield, it was the visitors who looked the more dangerous as the match began at a furious pace.

Hearts' cause, though, was not helped by a curiously uncertain display from John Souttar. The Scotland centre-half's poor control after a dangerous pass from Zdenek Zlamal forced the goalkeeper into the first save of the game to deny Stephane Omeonga. From that moment, the 22-year-old who has been linked with Rangers and clubs in England was a back of nerves.

That tension spread to the rest of his team-mates and, as Hibs came to terms with Hearts' system, Daryl Horgan went close to a third derby goal in two games after Souttar failed to cut out a cross.

Having been denied by some desperate Hibs blocks early on, Hearts relied on a long mazy run on the break from Jake Mulraney to force Ofir Marciano into his first serious save before the break.

Lewis Stevenson matched the power of that shot at the other end and, when Zlamal beat the ball away, Berra had to clear McNulty's cut-back from in front of his own goal.

Souttar's block denied Stevenson as Hibs started to take control after the break and half-time substitute Vykintas Slivka ought to have done better with a header that Zlamal beat away from point-blank range.

A sloppy attempt at a clearance by Ikpeazu that clipped Paul Hanlon handed Hibs a soft penalty chance, but McNulty fired against the outside of a post.

Hibs' relentless pressure eventually led to Berra's unfortunate own goal, but they were pegged back with six minutes remaining as substitute MacLean cleverly set up Ikpeazu.

Ikpeazu's overhead kick forced Marciano to prevent Hearts stealing all three points with an athletic save as the derby ended in typically frenetic style.

Christophe Berra's own goal looked like giving Hibs successive derby wins
Christophe Berra's own goal looked like giving Hibs successive derby wins

'Two points dropped for Hibs'- analysis

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

The one thing we learned from this match was that form certainly goes out the window when it comes to derby games. Hibs, who remain unbeaten in the league under Heckingbottom, looked as if they had the points in the bag, such was their dominance in the second period, only for Hearts somehow to draw strength from the depths and snatch a point.

The Easter Road boss will certainly look upon this as two points dropped as they continue their quest to catch Kilmarnock in fourth spot.

The boost this draw could give Hearts before the Scottish Cup final could be massive. The Tynecastle side have lost a bit of sparkle but the manager found out these players have it in them to battle. And with Hampden places up for grabs, some more regular starters may be looking over their shoulders.

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'I would have knocked his teeth out'

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 90mins
  • 5Milligan
  • 7HorganSubstituted forAgyepongat 89'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 40Omeonga
  • 9McNulty
  • 22KamberiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSlivkaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 13Gauld
  • 17Agyepong
  • 26Spector
  • 31Bogdan
  • 32Shaw

Hearts

  • 1Zlamal
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 3Shaughnessy
  • 2SmithBooked at 29mins
  • 45SmithSubstituted forEdwardsat 65'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 56mins
  • 20CochraneSubstituted forBozanicat 72'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 23Mulraney
  • 9ClareBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMacLeanat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19IkpeazuBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 7Bozanic
  • 8Lee
  • 13Doyle
  • 18MacLean
  • 22Edwards
  • 25Brandon
  • 28Dikamona
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
19,395

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1.

Booking

Steven MacLean (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian).

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Stephane Omeonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Thomas Agyepong replaces Daryl Horgan.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Milligan (Hibernian).

Booking

Clévid Dikamona (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 1. Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven MacLean.

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Mulraney (Heart of Midlothian).

Booking

Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian).

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Daryl Horgan.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Oliver Bozanic replaces Harry Cochrane.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Steven MacLean replaces Sean Clare.

Goal!

Own Goal by Christophe Berra, Heart of Midlothian. Hibernian 1, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Ryan Edwards replaces Connor Smith.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Conor Shaughnessy.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Marc McNulty (Hibernian) right footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Marc McNulty should be disappointed.

Penalty Hibernian. Paul Hanlon draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Marc McNulty (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

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

Attempt saved. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35256472175581
2Rangers35219578255372
3Aberdeen351871053391461
4Kilmarnock351610946301658
5Hibernian351412950351554
6Hearts35156144045-551
7St Johnstone35146153545-1048
8Motherwell35145164251-947
9Livingston351110143939043
10Hamilton3576222573-4827
11St Mirren3567222863-3525
12Dundee3546252874-4618
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