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Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Juan Sara (30)
26. Antti Niemi
14. Thomas Flogel
3. Austin McCann
19. Scott Severin
2. Steven Pressley
10. Colin Cameron
22. Steven Boyack
21. Robert Tomaschek
7. Gary McSwegan
9. Stephane Adam
Marco Roccati .1
Barry Smith .2
Chris Coyne .22
Steven Tweed .6
Marcello Marrocco .4
Beto Carranza .25
Javier Artero .18
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Gavin Rae .14
Claudio Caniggia .33
Juan Sara .9
13. Roddy McKenzie
25. Kieran McAnespie
15. Gary Wales
12. Grant Murray
16. Lee Makel
Jamie Langfield .3
Walter Del Rio .26
Willie Falconer .11
Michael Yates .16
Steven Milne .15
Gary Wales for Gary McSwegan (58)
Kieran McAnespie for Robert Tomaschek (65)
Grant Murray for Gary Wales (73)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (86)
Hugh Dallas (Referee)
Dundee's injury problems were evident at Tynecastle as they fielded a team with five players who weren't fully fit. Steven Tweed, Marcello Marrocco, Beto Carranza and Claudio Caniggia were all carrying knocks while Chris Coyne had been ill on the eve of the game. The Dark Blues were, however, backed by a 3000 strong contingent of the Tayzurri who were in full voice in support of a cup dream there were even a few Welsh recruits who appeared to have been lured away from the rugby international by the promise of a rousing cup tie.
As to the match Hearts and Dundee fought out a 1-1 draw which was probably a fair result.
Dundee had slightly the better of the first half with some lovely touches from Beto during this spell earning him the Tennent's man of the match award, while Hearts threw everything forward after the interval and had several chances to score before the equaliser.
The early stages were something of a stalemate with only a Colin Cameron drive which went inches over in 11 minutes being of any concern to either keeper.
The visiting support were in fine voice, and at their loudest as they booed former favourite Steven Boyack's every touch his direct contest with Beto was one of several interesting confrontations and Boyack had to endure the derision of the Dark Blue hordes in fifteen minutes as a delightful piece of skill from the Argentinean left him chasing shadows, it wasn't all one way however and Boyack rose above the abuse to turn in a fine and far more hardworking display than he had shown in his last season at Dens.
The game exploded into action before the half hour with first a run and flick from Caniggia being followed by a Sara drive which Niemi scrambled round the post. It delayed the opener by only a minute however, Beto was felled on the left and picked himself up to curl in the free kick, Caniggia's backheader left Tweed to scrap for the ball and it fell beautifully to Sara six yards out, who took a touch and fired the ball into the roof of the net.
The Tayzurri went into vocal overdrive but within seconds they went from joy to despair as Boyack tumbled under Coyne's challenge. Colin Cameron is generally deadly from the spot but Roccati anticipated well diving to his left to block before Tweed and the keeper combined to scramble away the rebound.
Juanjo came close minutes later blasting a volley from Adam's cross inches over, but the highlight of the remainder of the first half was a magical bit of skill from Beto, who, jinking and turning, but surrounded by Hearts players looked certain to lose the ball until he executed the most perfect 'Maradona turn' topped off with a back heeled pass it was worth the trip to Edinburgh just to see this sublime moment.
The Dees were pinned back for a spell at the start of the second half, but rarely looked in danger until the hour mark when what must go down as the most incredible miss of the season denied Hearts an equaliser. McCann turned in a cross which was headed goalwards by Adam and appeared to be going in until Steven Tweed made a superb goal line interception, he could only scramble the ball a few yards from goal though and with Juanjo arriving at full tilt nobody in the ground would have bet on the Dark Blues retaining their lead The Spaniard however, managed to clear the cross bar with some ease from all of three yards out Hearts manager Craig Levein later said "I didn't see properly and will have to: watch the video, from what I've been told though it's got an over 18's only sticker on it".
Dundee could have gone two ahead in 63 minutes when a Nemsadze free kick found Rae's head six yards out but his effort flashed six inches over the bar. Dundee were coming back into the game and a fantastic run from Caniggia took him fifty yards to the byeline but his two crosses found no takers.
The Dees were denied a strong appeal for a penalty when Gavin Rae was tumbled in the box, it certainly looked as good a claim as Hearts first half award.
Moments later Rae sliced the ball high in his own box and Roccati came for the ball through a crowd of players but could only handle it down inside the area and to the feet of Adam who blasted goalward only for Smith to make a marvellous block.
It only delayed the equaliser for a couple of minutes as Adam went down the right with 9 minutes. remaining, and hit a low cross into the box, there. seemed no real danger but the ball came off a defender's heel to Juanjo who fired it home from ten yards to set up tonight's replay.
Match report written by Matchday Programme
|Marco Roccati (GK)
|Steven Milne (sub)
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