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Hibernian 0-2 Hearts

By David Sharp

Hearts players congratulate goal-scorer Christian Nade (centre)
Christian Nade took advantage of 10-man Hibs' shambolic defending

Goals in either half from Christian Nade and Gary Glen saw Hearts oust 10-man Hibernian from the Scottish Cup in a scrappy affair at Easter Road.

Hibs' Steven Fletcher missed a great early chance and was then sent off after half an hour for a reckless challenge on Christophe Berra.

With the home side in disarray, Andrew Driver's cross on 37 minutes was turned into an unguarded net by Nade.

Glen sealed the win with an injury time finish, coolly gliding past the keeper.

Mixu Paatelainen's side made a vibrant start to the game but Fletcher's dismissal changed the complexion of the match and Hearts ran out comfortable winners.

The visitors lacked cohesion in the early stages, although their defence looked solid enough, regularly out-muscling their Edinburgh counterparts.

In the 11th minute Hibs should have taken the lead after midfielder Souleymane Bamba slipped in Fletcher with a pass which split open the square Hearts defence.

Fletcher tried to round Janos Balogh but the keeper guessed right and managed to snatch the ball from the striker's feet.

Hearts made their first assault on the Hibs goal when Deividas Cesnauskis snuck in behind the home defence but his clipped cross evaded Nade.

Then Lewis Stevenson hesitated with Hibs flooding forward in numbers and a good counter-attack opportunity fizzled out.


Hibs were then dealt a massive blow to their ambitions when Fletcher was given a straight red card for a clumsy tackle on Berra.

With the Easter Road side reeling from the ordering off, Hearts made the numerical advantage count in ruthless fashion.

Driver was released in space on the left and his centre was met by Nade, who slotted the ball into an empty net with Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay, and the rest of the Hibs defence, posted missing.

Early in the second half Hearts were almost gifted a second goal in bizarre fashion.

Lee Wallace's shot was deflected into the path of Hibs defender David van Zanten whose misjudged pass-back was heading for the goal until substitute keeper Grzegorz Szamotulski stopped it with his outstretched foot.

Hearts dominated possession but, with their old rivals battling bravely, the Jambos struggled to create any meaningful chances.

After a lull in the frantic proceedings the previously silent home support found their voices and began to roar on their depleted side, with left-back Ian Murray typifying Hibs' fighting spirit.

But goal-scoring chances were few and far between in the last quarter, with meaty challenges taking precedent over pretty football, and Hearts again wrested back control of the game.

Szamotulski made saves from Nade and Driver before Glen sealed victory in the dying moments when he raced onto Christos Karipidis' defence-splitting pass ahead of the Polish keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.

Hibernian: Ma-Kalambay (Szamotulski 46), van Zanten, Hogg, Jones, Murray, Johansson (O'Brien 66), Bamba, Rankin, Stevenson, Fletcher, Riordan (Nish 66). Subs Not Used: Yantorno, Chisholm.

Sent Off: Fletcher (31).

Booked: Stevenson, Riordan, Rankin.

Hearts: Balogh, Jonsson, Zaliukas, Berra, Lee Wallace, Karipidis, Cesnauskis, Obua (Glen 82), Palazuelos, Driver, Nade (Stewart 90). Subs Not Used: Kello, Thomson, Templeton. Booked: Berra, Zaliukas.

Goals: Nade 38, Glen 90.

Att: 14,837

Ref: Craig Thompson

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Hearts' Christian Nade 7.92 (on 90 minutes).

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