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Live Reporting

By Stefan Bienkowski

All times stated are UK

  1. A cracking start to the new season

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United (Hearts win 5-3 on penalties)

    After a fantastic week in Europe for Scottish football, the domestic season kicked off with a tremendous contest at Tynecastle in which Hearts and Dundee United shared a point apiece, before the home side won an extra point in the penalty shoot-outs.

    Be sure to tune in tomorrow for BBC Scotland radio coverage of all 14 League Cup games from across the country.

    We'll see you there.

  2. 'United are the team to beat'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Allan Preston

    BBC Scotland summariser on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Dundee United are the team to beat in the Championship this season. Robbie Neilson would forgo both cups right now if he could guarantee a place in the Premiership right now
  3. 'We shut off Ikpeazu off for the most part'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

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    Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "I think if you look at it we had the best chance in the second half when Clark flicked it over the keeper. You know when you come here you expect Hearts to have the majority of the play. They're a consistent top-six team, so if you come to their home you're not going to dominate play. You have to shut them down, make them deliver long balls from deep, and just make sure you deal with it, and we dealt with it well. We shut off Ikpeazu off for the most part.

    "I was absolutely delighted with the players today, I thought they were magnificent. If we can carry that performance through the rest of the season we'll be sitting pretty at the end of the season."

  4. 'I would have taken a point at the start

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

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    Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson: "We knew [Lawrence] Shankland was going to score goals, that's why we brought him here. He's scored against two international centre halves and it won't get much more difficult than that, especially in the league we're in. But I thought the young ones in the team were great. [Scott] Banks and Louis Appere came in and did really well. Good quality and that spark we needed. If you'd asked me at the start if I'd have taken a point here I'd have said yes."

  5. 'Excellent performance against a top-six team'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

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    Speaking to BBC Scotland after the match, Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson said: "I was delighted with the performance and delighted to have scored a penalty, it's been a while, given the previous issues we've had. I thought the performance was excellent against a consistent top-six team. We limited their chances, created a few of our own, they put us under pressure but we stood tall."

  6. 'Andy Irving was really unlucky'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

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    Hearts manager Craig Levein: "It just seemed to go from one end to the other. Andy Irving was really unlucky, he's done the work to get in behind, but he's very unfortunate to slip and fall on top of the ball. I think the referee gave a handball, but I'm not sure.

    "The game did flow from end to end, particularly towards the end. Full credit to the players though, who scored all five penalties. We deserved to win the game, but I thought Dundee United did well and I wish them well for the rest of the season."

  7. 'We'll get better as the weeks goes by'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

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    Speaking to BBC after the match, Hearts manager Craig Levein said: "I was quite pleased with the game. Some of our players were still a bit rusty, but United only had one chance in the first half which they scored. We had a lot of control, a lot of good play and chances. My one main criticism is we weren't ruthless enough in front of goal, or we could've made the night quite comfortable.

    "It was good for Conor Washington and Jamie Walker making their debut, or Jamie making his second debut, if you want to call it that. That was pleasing. It's good to have the knowledge we'll get better as the weeks goes by."

  8. 'United will fancy themselves for promotion'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland and Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

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    Quote Message: Robbie Neilson will want to add to the squad of course, particularly after being backed by the new owner. He'll be going and asking after other targets. United were well set up, well organised. Out of possession they got into a solid shape, then tried to expose Hearts on the break. You can see United wanted to play out from the back. It's okay doing that in friendlies, but when the heat's on you need to see how brave the players are in the middle, and they need to work on that. But if Shankland can hit the net like he did with Ayr United, they'll fancy themselves to go up automatically, let alone in the playoffs.
  9. 'Hearts still need a natural scorer'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Allan Preston

    BBC Scotland summariser on Sportsound

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    Quote Message: Washington got a good 90 minutes under his belt, and Walker got a good 80. Can Sean Clare play in the middle? I don't think he can. Hickey worked his socks off and is one for the future. Hearts still need a natural goalscorer though, I don't think they have one
  10. 'Onwards and upwards'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Allan Preston

    BBC Scotland summariser on Sportsound

    Quote Message: The first game of the season is always hard, your lungs will be bursting. You can play all the friendlies you like but it's competitive matches you need to get through. It was a decent spectacle considering the pouring rain. It'll be onwards and upwards for both these teams
  11. Cup winners unlikely to come from groups...

    Hearts v Dundee United (19:45)

    Scott Bain

    So far, no team has progressed from the group stage to win the League Cup since the format was reintroduced, with Celtic lifting the trophy on each occasion. Motherwell came closest, losing in the final two seasons ago, while Morton, Hibs and Hearts have all reached the semis.

  12. 'Hearts didn't do enough'

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland and Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Hearts had enough chances to win the game, but they didn't do enough to test the United keeper. Had Irving not brought Clark down, Hearts would be staring down the barrel here. Hearts haven't hit top form and are missing a central midfielder. Sean Clare has been poor in particular
  13. FULL-TIME - Hearts win penalty shoot-out

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Craig Levein's side move top of Group A in the first League Cup match of the season after winning the penalty shoot-out 5-3, following a 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

  14. Penalties: 5-3

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Souttar steps up for the fifth Hearts penalty and... scores!

  15. Penalties: 4-3

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Bouhenna steps up for the fourth Dundee United penalty and... scores!

  16. Penalties: 4-2

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Washington steps up for the fourth Hearts penalty and... scores!

  17. Penalties: 3-2

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Banks steps up for the third United penalty and... scores!

  18. Penalties: 3-1

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Smith steps up for the Third Hearts penalty and... scores!

  19. Penalties: 2-1

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    McMullan steps up for the second Dundee United penalty and... scores!

  20. Penalties: 2-0

    FT: Hearts 1-1 Dundee United

    Bozanic steps up for the second Hearts penalty and... scores!