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Hibernian   1 - 1   Hearts

Hibernian's Darren McCormack is sent off by referee Charlie Richmond
McCormack was first to be shown red, quickly followed by Palazuelos

By Andy Campbell

Hibernian and Hearts both finished with 10 men in a fiery Edinburgh derby draw at Easter Road.

Hibs' Darren McCormack and Hearts' Ruben Palazuelos were sent off following an off-the-ball clash between the two players in the 57th minute.

The flashpoint came just after Anthony Stokes had cancelled out Gordon Smith's first-half opener for Hearts.

Ian Black almost restored Hearts' lead with a controlled volley before Derek Riordan came close for Hibs late on.

The result means Hearts move to within four points of fourth-place Dundee United, while third-place Hibs remain four points behind Celtic.

Eighteen-year-old Smith, who was making his first start, should have opened the scoring early on.

Hibs captain Chris Hogg conceded possession midway inside his own half and Michael Stewart advanced down the inside left channel before squaring for Smith, who failed to connect as the goal lay gaping.

The approach play from the home side was positive in the opening 20 minutes but their final ball was posing few problems for the Hearts defence.

However, top scorer Stokes missed a gilt-edged chance to put Hibs in front when he latched onto a long-ball and trundled a shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

A Stewart free-kick was headed back towards his own goal by Hogg and bounced off the crossbar on its way out.

But Hearts went ahead in first-half injury time as Christian Nade held the ball up and found Palazuelos, who crossed for Smith to volley powerfully into the net from the penalty spot.

The lively Smith sent another volleyed effort over after collecting a loose ball at the edge of the box early in the second half.

Suso Santana appealed in vain for a free kick after he had raced through to meet Stewart's pass and stumbled under the challenge of Hibs' Paul Hanlon.

Hearts' on-loan Kaunas player Marius Cinikas had been given a torrid time by Riordan in the first half and the Hibs playmaker had the beating of his marker before he crossed for Stokes to bullet a header into the net for the leveller in the 54th minute.

Hearts forward Gordon Smith
Eighteen-year-old Smith marked his derby debut with a goal

Both sides then lost a man as McCormack and Palazuelos were given their marching orders after referee Charlie Richmond spotted the two players clashing as they waited for a free-kick to be taken.

Cinikas made a last-ditch tackle to stop Liam Miller's cross reaching Riordan at the back post.

At the other end, Eggert Jonsson's cross was headed tamely by Nade only for Suso to nip in and prod the ball into the arms of goalkeeper Graeme Smith, who was making his Hibs debut after joining from Brighton.

Referee Richmond had to defuse another altercation when Ian Murray and Suso were booked after the Spaniard had reacted angrily to the Hibs defender's foul.

Black, who had earlier come on as a replacement for Smith, stung the palms of the Hibs keeper with a dipping volley as the match entered the last 15 minutes.

Riordan then crossed for Murray to chest the ball down and send a right-foot shot narrowly wide of the post.

Hibs continued to press for a winner and Stokes dinked a superb pass through to Riordan, whose attempted lob was blocked by Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello.


Hibernian manager John Hughes:

"In the first half, we played some good stuff. Anthony Stokes missed one or two half-chances.

"Possibly against the run of play they scored their goal and all credit to the young boy Gordon Smith.

"Once again my boys showed the spirit, came back and dug out the result so I'm pleased for them.

"It was a sending off, the two of them were at it with their heads, the two of them deserved to go but it was the Hearts player that went first so if Darren McCormack just stepped back from that, he wouldn't have been sent off.

"But, he retaliated. I really am disappointed by that but Darren's the kind of guy that you want at your club, he just needs to want to listen to me."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:

"If you saw the game, we must win, definitely. This was an easy game to win and we had a lot of chances, especially in the second half.

"There was one chance for Hibernian and one goal in the second half.

"We started the game very comfortably; we didn't make too many mistakes. If you take a point in the derby away from home, it's okay.

"We need strikers and we need more confidence for the young guys, who tried to do their best. If we can get maybe two strikers, I think we can reach our season target.

"The referee gave two red cards, we must accept that he was nearer the situation. I can't comment on the situation but I didn't see anything. I don't know what happened."

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 1-1 Hearts FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Stokes 54
  • Smith 45+1

Hibernian

  • 21 Smith
  • 04 Hogg
  • 06 Murray yellow card
  • 20 Hanlon
  • 25 McCormack red card
  • 07 Zemmama (McBride 66 yellow card)
  • 11 Rankin
  • 24 Wotherspoon
  • 33 Miller
  • 10 Riordan
  • 18 Stokes

Substitutes

  • 30 Flynn,
  • 15 Thicot,
  • 08 Cregg,
  • 16 Stevenson,
  • 17 McBride,
  • 09 Nish,
  • 19 Benjelloun

Hearts

  • 25 Kello
  • 03 Wallace
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 26 Zaliukas
  • 04 Jonsson
  • 06 Palazuelos red card
  • 07 Suso Santana yellow card (Templeton 85 yellow card)
  • 12 Cinikas
  • 23 Stewart yellow card
  • 44 Smith (Black 61)
  • 14 Nade

Substitutes

  • 01 Balogh,
  • 08 Black,
  • 29 Eisconte,
  • 39 Mulrooney,
  • 15 David Witteveen,
  • 24 Templeton,
  • 32 Wallace
Ref: RichmondAtt: 16,949
HIBERNIAN
HEARTS

Possession

  • Hibernian 50%
  • Hearts 50%

Attempts on target

  • Hibernian 3
  • Hearts 3

Attempts off target

  • Hibernian 3
  • Hearts 6

Corners

  • Hibernian 2
  • Hearts 6

Fouls

  • Hibernian 11
  • Hearts 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:20 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:43 John Rankin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:43 Booking Michael Stewart is cautioned.
  • 90:00+2:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray by Michael Stewart.
  • 90:00+1:29 Handball by Paul Hanlon. Free kick crossed by David Templeton, David Wotherspoon fouled by Ismael Bouzid, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 89:35 Corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the right by-line to the near post, Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 89:09 Michael Stewart takes the free kick.
  • 89:09 Booking Kevin McBride is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Kevin McBride.
  • 86:53 Free kick taken by Derek Riordan.
  • 86:53 Booking David Templeton booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 86:43 David Templeton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray.
  • 84:02 Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 84:02 Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with David Templeton coming on for Suso Santana.
  • 84:02 The assistant referee signals for offside against Suso Santana.
  • 79:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Black by David Wotherspoon. Michael Stewart takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Ian Black. Derek Riordan delivers the ball, Shot from just outside the area by Ian Murray misses to the left of the target.
  • 76:26 A cross is delivered by Paul Hanlon, save by Marian Kello.
  • 75:21 Ian Black takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
  • 74:38 Michael Stewart delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, clearance by Kevin McBride.
  • 74:38 Booking The referee cautions Suso Santana for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:15 Booking The referee books Ian Murray for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Suso Santana by Ian Murray.
  • 71:20 Liam Miller is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
  • 68:10 Suso Santana has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 65:14 Substitution Kevin McBride is brought on as a substitute for Merouane Zemmama.
  • 63:44 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Liam Miller results in a free kick. Michael Stewart takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:42 Ismael Bouzid produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
  • 61:32 The ball is swung over by Eggert Jonsson, Close range effort by Suso Santana misses to the right of the goal.
  • 61:03 Foul by John Rankin on Eggert Jonsson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
  • 60:23 Substitution Ian Black is brought on as a substitute for Gordon Smith.
  • 57:26 The referee blows for offside. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:18 Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
  • 56:18 Sent off Ruben Palazuelos sent off.
  • 56:03 Sent off Darren McCormack is shown a red card for violent conduct.
  • 55:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Nade by John Rankin.
  • 53:39 Assist on the goal came from Derek Riordan.
  • 53:39 GOAL - Anthony StokesHibernian 1 - 1 Hearts Anthony Stokes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Hibernian 1-1 Hearts.
  • 51:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Eggert Jonsson on Merouane Zemmama. Free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.
  • 50:45 Ruben Palazuelos challenges Liam Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:00 Suso Santana takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, John Rankin makes a clearance.
  • 49:23 Shot from just outside the box by Gordon Smith misses to the right of the target.
  • 48:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren McCormack on Lee Wallace. Michael Stewart crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Ian Murray.
  • 45:54 Suso Santana produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:31 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:15 The assist for the goal came from Ruben Palazuelos.
  • 45:00+0:15 GOAL - Gordon SmithHibernian 0 - 1 Hearts Gordon Smith fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Hearts.
  • 42:51 The official flags Derek Riordan offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:16 Outswinging corner taken by Suso Santana.
  • Correction - 39:54 The ball is sent over by Eggert Jonsson, Christian Nade challenges Graeme Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:54 The ball is delivered by Eggert Jonsson, Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 38:29 Corner taken by Suso Santana, Header from close range by Gordon Smith clears the bar.
  • 37:12 Corner taken right-footed by Suso Santana.
  • 36:04 Foul by Ian Murray on Suso Santana, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Stewart from right channel.
  • 35:03 Corner from right by-line taken by Merouane Zemmama.
  • 34:53 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:27 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball.
  • 33:32 Michael Stewart challenges Liam Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 32:02 Outswinging corner taken by John Rankin.
  • 31:54 A cross is delivered by John Rankin.
  • 29:58 Corner from the right by-line taken by Suso Santana, Christian Nade takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 28:51 Shot by Chris Hogg from 18 yards. Marius Zaliukas gets a block in.
  • 28:28 Foul by Eggert Jonsson on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Merouane Zemmama takes the free kick.
  • 26:29 Derek Riordan fouled by Ismael Bouzid, the ref awards a free kick. Derek Riordan shoots direct from the free kick, Marian Kello makes a save.
  • 24:37 Long distance effort on goal by John Rankin goes wide left of the target.
  • 24:31 Derek Riordan crosses the ball, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 23:18 Derek Riordan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
  • 21:32 Centre by John Rankin, save made by Marian Kello.
  • 19:59 The offside flag is raised against Derek Riordan. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marius Cinikas on Derek Riordan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan.
  • 14:39 Lee Wallace challenges Darren McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Eggert Jonsson. Direct free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 9:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas by Merouane Zemmama. Direct free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
  • 8:25 Ruben Palazuelos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Miller. Liam Miller takes the direct free kick.
  • 6:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gordon Smith by Liam Miller. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:58 The ball is crossed by Darren McCormack, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:48 The referee gives a free kick against Michael Stewart for handball. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 2:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against Suso Santana. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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