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Sunday, February 8, 1998 Published at 19:15 GMT



Sport: Football

Injury time goal shatters Celtic hearts

Angolan Jose Quitongo grabbed a vital point for Hearts after a game dominated by Celtic.


Roddy Forsyth reports from Tynecastle (38")
He snatched the equaliser in the 93rd minute stunning the travelling Celtic fans into silence. The final score was 1-1.

Celtic would have gone top ahead of Rangers had they managed to hold on for less than sixty seconds longer.

The result leaves Celtic in second and Hearts third, both level on points with leaders Rangers, as the Scottish title race becomes one of the closest in years.

Jackie McNamara made sure Hearts keeper Roddie McKenzie paid the price for his nervous first half performance.

The Scotland under-21 star had not conceded a goal in his previous two outings but looked shaky from the beginning against Celtic.

He was finally beaten in the 40th minute when McNamara opened the scoring after good work from Norwegian striker Harald Brattbakk.

Brattbakk, playing an increasingly influential role, released Henrik Larsson inside the area.

Hearts defender Paul Ritchie managed to get in a challenge but the ball broke to McNamara, who knocked it into the corner.

Throughout the first half Celtic pressured the home side with a series of chances.

Morten Wieghorst found the net but the effort was ruled offside, a powerful Alan Stubbs drive from 25 yards rattled the post and Larsson's effort was headed off the line.

Celtic keeper Jonathan Gould had little to do during the 90 minutes, apart from a superb save from Colin Cameron in the opening minutes as the visitors dictated the pace.

Hearts were on the defensive for most of the second half but still managed to get the injury time equaliser.

As the seconds ticked away Jim Hamilton tried an overhead kick which went just wide. Then with almost the final touch after 93 minutes Quitongo beat Gould.
 





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