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Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen: Pittodrie side need Celtic cup win to secure Europe

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Highlights: Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen's Europa League hopes rest on Celtic winning the Scottish Cup after they beat Hibernian to finish fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

Derek McInnes' side needed to better Kilmarnock's result, but the Ayrshire team's 2-1 win over Rangers secured them third place on goal difference.

Marc McNulty fired Hibs ahead from a delightful Fraser Murray pass.

Sam Cosgrove finished well to level before the break and James Wilson struck the winner after the break.

Cosgrove also had a late penalty saved by Ofir Marciano after Gary Mackay-Steven had been fouled by David Gray.

Should holders Celtic win the Scottish Cup in next week's final against Hearts, Aberdeen will join Kilmarnock and league runners-up Rangers in next season's Europa League qualifiers.

Aberdeen's efforts not enough - as yet

McInnes sent his Aberdeen players out with the message that three points would be required if they were to have any chance of finishing third and be assured of a sixth successive European campaign.

Lewis Ferguson in particular was in the mood, warming the hands of Marciano with an effort from distance and then a 20-drive on target but blocked by his own captain Graeme Shinnie.

The home side slowly eased their way into the game and Murray, who celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this month, flicked a wonderful ball through for McNulty to coolly slot home from eight yards.

Murray then curled a shot just wide and McNulty inexplicably nodded the ball back across goal when an effort towards it may well have been the better option.

Aberdeen had been under the cosh but carved an equaliser when Connor McLennan delivered low and Cosgrove got the break of the ball before firing across Marciano into the right corner.

A wonderful four-man move on the left involving McLennan, Cosgrove and substitute Stevie May drew the Hibs defence to the ball and opened up the space for the unmarked Wilson to roll past Marciano.

The goal came just as Rangers' Alfredo Morelos equalised at Rugby Park and the travelling fans at Easter Road were now in full voice.

Gray had a shot from close range saved at the second attempt by Tomas Cerny and Stevie Mallan's mis-hit effort was gathered easily by the Aberdeen goalkeeper.

After Kilmarnock had gone ahead again in Ayrshire, McLennan's replacement Mackay-Steven was felled by Gray only for Cosgrove's awful spot-kick to be blocked by the legs of Marciano.

And though it had no effect on the result in Edinburgh, Cosgrove failed to draw level on league goals with Morelos, who finished one clear in the scoring charts with 18.

James Wilson scores
Wilson was left all alone to slide home what turned out to be the winner

'It was a terrific performance' - reaction

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom: "It was a terrific performance. Everything we did wrong came back to haunt us but everything we did right we didn't get the rewards for.

"We had the full-backs getting forward. I want people chipping in with single figures and more people getting into double figures because that's the way we're going to win games."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "We asked the players to do their job and we got the three points and 67 points despite all those injuries this season it's still not bad.

"Our away form has been spot on. Nobody better I don't think, in the league. Some of the home performances in the second half of the season have ultimately come back to bite us."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregorBooked at 88mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 5MilliganBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBartleyat 64'minutes
  • 7HorganSubstituted forShawat 79'minutes
  • 40OmeongaBooked at 79minsSubstituted forSlivkaat 83'minutes
  • 14MallanBooked at 90mins
  • 33Murray
  • 9McNulty

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 17Agyepong
  • 22Kamberi
  • 31Bogdan
  • 32Shaw

Aberdeen

  • 20Cerny
  • 2Logan
  • 4Considine
  • 5McKenna
  • 29Lowe
  • 19FergusonSubstituted forDevlinat 85'minutes
  • 21BallBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMayat 61'minutes
  • 9Wilson
  • 3Shinnie
  • 27McLennanSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 77'minutes
  • 16Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • 8Gleeson
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 17May
  • 18Devlin
  • 24Campbell
  • 30Craddock
  • 33Ross
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
18,631

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Aberdeen 2.

Penalty saved! Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by David Gray (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Aberdeen. Gary Mackay-Steven draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

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

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Michael Devlin replaces Lewis Ferguson because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Vykintas Slivka replaces Stephane Omeonga.

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Daryl Horgan.

Booking

Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Connor McLennan.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt saved. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stevie May (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. David Gray (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38276577205787
2Rangers38239682275578
3Kilmarnock381910950311967
4Aberdeen382071157441367
5Hibernian3814121251391254
6Hearts38156174250-851
7St Johnstone38157163848-1052
8Motherwell38156174656-1051
9Livingston381111164244-244
10Hamilton3896232875-4733
11St Mirren3888223466-3232
12Dundee3856273178-4721
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