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Summary

  1. Ikpeazu lashes in for Hearts after Mulraney cross isn't cleared
  2. Zlamal makes stunning save to deny Chalmers equaliser & McCart effort ruled offside
  3. Souttar volleys in second from corner
  4. Clare rolls in third from spot after Ikpeazu floored by Ridgers
  5. Tynecastle side will play Celtic or Aberdeen in final
  6. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportscot

Live Reporting

By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    FT: Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    So, Hearts book their place in the Scottish Cup final, courtesy of a superb second-half display against Inverness CT.

    Who will join the Jambos? We're back tomorrow for the second semi-final as holders Celtic face Aberdeen.

    Hope you can join us then. Cheers.

    Hearts players celebrate
    Image caption: Hearts can look forward to next month's Scottish Cup final
  2. 'Inverness offside goal should have stood' - Robertson

    FT: Hearts 3-0 Inverness

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  3. Mulraney top of the pops at Hampden

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    Our player rater is now closed, you voted Hearts midfielder Jake Mulraney as man of the match at Hampden.

    Hearts midfielder Jake Mulraney
    Image caption: You voted Jake Mulraney instrumental in Hearts' victory
  4. 'We kept playing and kept going' - Robertson

    FT: Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Inverness CT boss John Robertson: "I'm disappointed for the players and for the fans. I thought we were fine in the first half, we competed well and there wasn't much in the game.

    "You would expect Hearts to have more of the ball, which they did. There wasn't really many clear-cut opportunities for either side.

    "We said to the players 'well done' and we've lost a goal [after the restart] within five minutes but we knuckled down and were terrific for the next 15 minutes.

    "We knocked the ball about and started to cause them problems by getting behind them.

    "To beat a Premiership team, you need a bit of luck. The fingertip save from Zlamal is unbelievable, it's one of the saves of the season.

    "If that goes in, it maybe rocks Hearts a bit.

    Inverness CT boss John Robertson
    Image caption: Robertson said he was disappointed for the Inverness CT players and supporters

    "Once the second goal goes in, there's only going to be one winner. But we kept playing and kept going."

  5. Goals, goals, goals!

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness

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  6. Hearts controlled second half - Levein

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    Hearts boss Craig Levein can now look forward to his first Scottish Cup final as a manager.

    "We've haven't been in the best of form recently, so it was important to play with a calmness and clear heads," he tells BBC Scotland.

    "First-half, we didn't really get going. We had opportunities but not as many as I'd have liked. I didn't think we'd lose a goal but the occasion maybe got to the players, it's the first time a lot of them have played here.

    "Second half, we controlled the match. Bobby (Zlamal) has made one save. I wasn't even looking. I know that Chalmers is so accurate. All credit to Bobby. We needed him on that occasion and he was there.

    Hearts manager Craig Levein
    Image caption: Craig Levein praised Hearts' "calmness and clear heads"

    "Once we got in front, I thought we were comfortable. We've sent our supporters away happy, which is the main thing and we will be back here in May.

    "I said to Jake Mulraney that I was so proud of him. He's the kind of player that needs confidence. We've seen glimpses of what he can do and it's really just about him putting that together consistently. He was our main outlet and caused Inverness all sorts of problems.

    "Uche Ikpeazu is a young guy and he's still learning. He has brilliant moments and then sometimes he's struggling to control the ball. The effort he puts in is astounding, chasing lost causes. Seeing that pure effort is what appeals to the supporters."

  7. An 'amazing feeling' for Ikpeazu

    FT: Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    A delighted Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu tells BBC Scotland: "We don't care who we get in the final. We just want to enjoy this moment. Scoring in a semi-final is an amazing feeling.

    "We've done our job, we're just going to relax and focus on the next game.

    Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu
    Image caption: Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu says the fans' backing means a lot

    "Even when I don't play well, the fans believe in me, they keep supporting me. We had 18,000 supporters here today backing the team. It means a lot."

  8. 'Dream come true' for Berra

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    Hearts captain Christophe Berra tells BBC Scotland: "In the end, it was quite easy, so we're happy to be through.

    "It's a dream come true. I came back to the club for that reason, to win things. The final will be a great day."

    Hearts skipper Christophe Berra celebrates with team-mate John Souttar
    Image caption: Hearts skipper Christophe Berra says the Scottish Cup final will be "a great day"
  9. Words of wisdom...

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    Allan Preston

    Former Hearts midfielder on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Whatever Craig Levein said at half time, he deserves all the credit
    Craig Levein and striker Uche Ikpeazu celebrate
    Image caption: Craig Levein and striker Uche Ikpeazu celebrate
  10. Jubilation for Jambos

    FT: Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Hearts manager Craig Levein is all smiles in the Hampden sunshine, congratulating his layers before saluting the supporters at the national stadium.

    In sharp contrast, the Inverness CT players cut a dejected bunch. Understandably so. John Robertson had said pre-match that the semi-final was the worst time for a cup run to come to an end.

  11. FULL-TIME Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Hearts book their place in the Scottish Cup final - where they will face Celtic or Aberdeen - with a convincing victory over Inverness CT.

  12. ADDED TIME

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    One minute added by referee Don Robertson.

  13. Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    A long ball is easily dealt with by Hearts, who intend to keep a clean sheet en route to booking their place in the Scottish Cup final.

  14. Rate the players - Hearts v Inverness CT

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  15. Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Six minutes plus added time remaining at a sun-kissed Hampden. Hearts supporters are roaring on their troops in search of another goal, but this Scottish Cup tie has been decided.

    Inverness CT, though, are still searching for at least one consolation goal.

  16. Cup final places to play for

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Allan Preston

    Former Hearts midfielder on Sportsound

    Quote Message: It makes the top six more interesting for Hearts because players will be playing for places in the final
    John Souttar celebrates banging in the second goal for Hearts at Hampden
    Image caption: John Souttar celebrates banging in the second goal for Hearts at Hampden
  17. Hearts in buoyant form

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Those in maroon in Hampden have an extra spring in their step as they go in search of a fourth goal to cap an impressive second half display.

    Oliver Bozanic is the latest to threaten Mark Ridgers, whose goal has been carpet-bombed since the break.

    Scottish Cup holders Celtic or Aberdeen await in the final...

  18. 'Sublime' set-up from Lee

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

    Quote Message: The ball over the top from Olly Lee for Uche Ikpeazu to run onto was absolutely sublime
  19. Clinical Hearts

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness CT

    Talk about a contrast. In the first half, Hearts appeared laboured and lacking imagination in the final third. Since the restart, they've been razor sharp and have punished Inverness CT on three occasions.

  20. The goal that opened the floodgates

    Hearts 3-0 Inverness

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    Video caption: Watch Uche Ikpeazu break the deadlock at Hampden