Sunday October 23, 2011 Day 12 Finished Tynecastle Stadium

Heart of Midlothian 0 - 2 Rangers

  • Naismith 21’
  • Jelavic 74’

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  1. Jelavic wonder volley downs Hearts

    Jelavic wonder volley downs Hearts

    Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic were both on target as Rangers claimed a 2-0 victory over Hearts in the SPL. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Heart of Midlothian
    • Rangers
    • 90'+4 Late, late corner for Hearts. Hamill overhits it and that’s the final action of the half! It’s finished Hearts 0 Rangers 2. Join us for Celtic v Aberdeen in a touch over 30 minutes!
    • 90'+3 We’re in the last minute of added time. Kello will thump it back in the Rangers half.
    • 90'+1 Hoofed clear by Goian and that’s actually hit the roof of the stand! Obviously taking no chances there!
    • 90' And there’ll be three minutes of added time as Davis delivers the free-kick. Too much on that one and that’ll be a goal kick.
    • 90' Last minute. Naismith is fouled by Zaliukas and that’s another yellow card!
    • 89' Jelavic again making a nuisance of himself as Naismith hits the deck in the box. Hearts have it and will come away.
    • 87' The cheers ring out around Tynecastle, but they’re from the Glasgow contingent. They are certain the three points are in the bag.
    • 85' There are five minutes remaining and the ball is safe with McGregor. Looks like he’s heading for another clean sheet.
    • 83' Double sub for Hearts. Gordon Smith replaces Mrowiec and David Obua is on for Black. Last throw of the dice for Sergio.
    • 82' Free-kick for Rangers as Black goes in on Naismith. And that’ll be a yellow card for the Hearts man.
    • 80' There are 10 minutes to go. Still time for another twist.
    • 79' Rangers are happy to pass the ball around. Hearts line up a sub and as the ball goes out, Mehdi Taouil is on for Jonsson.
    • 77' Last change for Rangers. Kirk Broadfoot replaces Whittaker.
    • 76' STEVENSON!! Into the box, strikes it, McGregor parries it out, falls again to the Hearts man!! And again McGregor denies him with his leg!! So close for Hearts!!
    • 75' That’s a shrewd sub by McCoist. The Croatian had been on for less than two minutes!
    • 74' A succession of quick throws for Rangers. Bocanegra receives it. Great lofted ball to JELAVIC!! Superb volley as he watches it over his shoulder and Rangers are two to the good!! GOAL RANGERS!! They lead Hearts 2-0!!
    • 73' Wylde straight into the action, but he's crowded out on the touchline by two Hearts defenders.
    • 71' Double sub for Rangers. Papac makes way for Gregg Wylde and Nikica Jelavic is on for Lafferty.
    • 69' Hamill swings it in for ZALIUKAS!! Heads over!
    • 68' After the ref sorts out the Hearts protests, it’ll be a free-kick to the Jambos.
    • 67' There’s no doubt that Hearts are bossing this at the moment but they’re still one goal down as Goian sees yellow for a cynical trip on Templeton.
    • 66' That was THE chance! How many more can the hosts afford to miss?
    • 64' Still Hearts come forwards. Templeton races past the Gers backline, cuts it back to the unmarked ADRAIN MROWIEC!! Drags it wide from some 12 yards out!! Should have scored!! What a chance for Hearts!!
    • 62' Hamill again cuts inside feeds JONSSON!! McGregor gets everything behind it and palms it away and then the flag goes up.
    • 61' Hamill tries to dink a cross in. Rebounds off Wallace for a throw.
    • 60' The good news is that Templeton is back on the pitch. They're made of tough stuff in Tynecastle.
    • 59' That looks awful in slow motion, but the Hearts man has got gingerly to his feet and limps to the touchline.
    • 58' That looks bad for Templeton! His foot gives away and hyper-extends the knee!
    • 57' A shot there of a pensive Paulo Sergio on the touchline. Must be thinking of making changes before too long.
    • 56' Skacel tries a snapshot. Fails to clear his own man as Stevenson feels the full force of the Czech’s strike.
    • 54' But that’s another Rangers free-kick. Not much in that one, but Davis swings it in. Cleared away. Goian looks to beat Hamill but that’s good defending.
    • 53' Papac plays it in, Kello claims well.
    • 52' Kello will launch long for Hearts. Whittaker brings it forward for Rangers and that’ll be a free-kick as Black clatters the Rangers man.
    • 50' Played back in and there’s a bit of pinball and head tennis until it falls to JONSSON!! Bocanegra watches that all the way and heads clear!
    • 49' Hamill with a Hearts throw deep in the Rangers half. In comes the cross, Templeton is just too far away to make something of it!
    • 47' Good ball in to the Hearts box. Poor clearance by Grainger! Straight to LAFFERTY! Caught by surprise and pokes the ball out for a goal kick! Grainger got away with that one!
    • 46' Almost an early mistake by Whittaker on the edge of his own box. Recovers just in time.
    • 46' And we're back underway! No changes at half time.
    • 45'+1 And there’s the half time whistle! It’s Hearts 0 Rangers 1 at the break, but the hosts are pressing for the leveller!
    • 45' And that’s a yellow card for Stevenson for handball in the Rangers box. Couldn’t reach the cross and instinctively reached out.
    • 44' SKACEL!! Great strike!! Moves in the air, but McGregor parries it out to safety!!
    • 43' Black’s ball takes a deflection off Bocanegra! Falls nicely for Stevenson to chase!! Pokes it goalwards under Wallace’s challenge and the ball rolls agonisingly wide of McGregor’s goal!! So close to a leveller!!
    • 42' Whittaker to Edu. Flicks it on for Lafferty to chase. Hearts counter.
    • 41' McGregor smacks it long. Lafferty is penalised for backing in. Free-kick to Hearts. But again, it’s given away cheaply!
    • 40' Edu concedes a throw on the halfway line. Finds Stevenson who pokes the ball through to Templeton. This time it’s Templeton who’s flagged.
    • 38' Free-kick for Hearts as Hamill is dragged to the floor. Grainger takes it, Wallace spots the danger and hooks it clear. The Edinburgh side have to make Rangers work harder from these dead-ball situations!
    • 38' Now Rangers come forward. Edu loops in an up and under for Naismith, but the Rangers man has strayed offside.
    • 37' Hearts content to play it around the back. Rangers content to watch them at the moment.
    • 36' In it comes, Bocanegra heads it back in, cleared only as far as EDU!! Hits it with the outside of his boot and it’s bends away from Kello’s right hand post! Good effort!
    • 35' Whittaker again takes on the Hearts backline and he’s forced a corner.
    • 34' Papac for Rangers. Played down the line for Lee Wallace. Appeals for handball against Skakel as he slides in. Nothing doing says ref Murray.
    • 33' Davis to Lafferty. Cleared by Marius Zaliukas and Edu is penalised for leaning on Templeton.
    • 31' There are 15 minutes of the half remaining. It’s Hearts 0 Rangers 1 as Black and Edu come together. This time it ends in a handshake.
    • 30' Yellow card now for Grainger for a tackle on Edu. Things are heating up at Tynecastle!
    • 29' Black looks for Templeton, Bocanegra goes down easily under Templeton’s challenge. Free-kick in the Rangers box.
    • 28' Whittaker again with a clumsy challenge on Templeton. He’s walking a knife edge here! Already on a yellow card!
    • 27' Played short, out to Grainger, fires it in, the ball bounces around and falls to STEVENSON!! Takes one touch too many and Edu slides in to block! Should have struck that first time!!
    • 26' Grainger to Black. Templeton nips in and gets his cross in, thumped out for a corner by Goian.
    • 24' Looking at that goal again, Templeton will have to hold his hands up and say he should have made more of an attempt to tackle the weaving Whittaker.
    • 23' And another free-kick for Rangers. Davis swings it in, headed out. Papac to Naismith. Looks for Dorin Goian, but Kello spots the danger and claims just in front of the Rangers man!
    • 22' There’s no doubt that Hearts have bossed this game so far, but at the halfway mark, it’s the Ibrox side who lead!
    • 20' GOAL RANGERS!! But the Hearts rearguard is broken! Edu feeds Whittaker, the Rangers man runs half the pitch, eludes five Hearts tackles, plays it to Naismith who sweeps the ball home! Rangers lead 1-0!!
    • 19' Nice play by Hamill in the right back spot. Cuts inside and plays it long. Rangers win it back. EDU! Andy Webster gets the drive in the face! Took one for the team there because the angle suggested that might be heading in!!
    • 18' GRAINGER!! Goes for goal, but straight into the wall! That’s a waste!
    • 17' Free-kick to Hearts. Perfect position to swing another teasing cross into the Rangers box.
    • 16' Grainger is closed down by Edu. Foreced across the pitch. Black has it. Needs help and eventually it’s keeper Marian Kello who is picked out.
    • 15' Thumping ball by Danny Grainger. No chance for Stevenson to get to that one and McGregor can launch another bomb.
    • 14' Good defending by Bocanegra as another Hearts cross is fired into the box. And the ball is safe in Allan McGregor’s hands.
    • 13' Black hooks Whittaker’s trailing leg. Free-kick to Rangers. Bit of revenge there perhaps for the tackle on Templeton?
    • 12' And Templeton wins a corner. In it comes! Knocked away by Naismith in hisown six yard box.
    • 11' Poor flying challenge by Whittaker on David Templeton!. That’s a yellow card for the Rangers man!
    • 10' The corner is cleared but this is better by Rangers. They’ve seen precious little of the Hearts half so far!
    • 9' Lafferty battling for the bal as a deep cross comes in. Falls to EDU!! Takes a deflection and the American’s powerful strike only nets a corner!
    • 7' Rangers counter. MCCULLOCH! That’s similar to Black’s earlier effort as it goes way off target. Catcalls from the Tynecastle faithful.
    • 6' Still Hearts press. Neat flick by Black for RUDI SKACEL! Great block coming in as the Czech got his shot off.
    • 5' Ian Black with the volley!! No threat to Allan McGregor as the ball sails out! Call that one a sighter!
    • 4' Clumsy tackle by Steven Whittaker hands Hearts a free-kick. Swung in by Jamie Hamill, headed away and eventually cleared at the cost of another throw. Good start by the Edinburgh side.
    • 3' Stevenson forces Carlos Bocanegra to concede a throw deep in Gers territory. Good position, but it comes to nothing as Rangers clear.
    • 2' That’s some neat football in their own box by the Gers, but here come Hearts, Eggert Jonsson looks for Ryan Stevenson. Too much on that one.
    • 1' Kyle Lafferty picks it up for Rangers. He’s the lone striker for the visitors today. Good cover and Hearts will bang it clear.
    • 1' Hearts get us underway!
    • 12:29 And here come the teams! Hearts in their traditional maroon, Rangers in blue.
    • 12:27 So we’re waiting for the teams to emerge. Who’s your money on?
    • 12:14 So Sergio keeps faith with the XI who beat Dunfermline 2-0, while McCoist restores Lee McCulloch and Sasa Papac to the starting line up. Jelavic and Gregg Wylde are on the bench.
    • 12:11 And our ref today - Calum Murray.
    • 12:08 And the teams are in! HEARTS: Kello, Hamill, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Templeton, Stevenson. Subs: MacDonald, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Taouil, Gordon Smith, Robinson. /// RANGERS: McGregor; Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace; Naismith, Davis, McCulloch, Edu, Papac; Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Perry, Fleck, Bedoya, Jelavic, Wylde.
    • 12:01 And the Edinburgh outfit pose a stiff test for their opponents. Celtic have already fallen to a 2-0 defeat, courtesy of Rudi Skacel and Ryan Stevenson, while this season’s opener in July saw the spoils shared with a 1-1 draw at Ibrox. David Obua was the first to strike for Hearts 16 minutes in, with Steven Naismith equalising for the hosts on 57.
    • 11:59 A win for the Jambos would see Paulo Sergio’s side overhaul Celtic and St Johnstone to go third.
    • 11:58 But it could have been even better for the Gers, but for Steven Thompson’s 95th minute leveller for St Mirren last time out. Nikica Jelavic had opened for Rangers shortly after the restart.
    • 11:55 On the pitch, Rangers have a healthy six-point lead over second placed Motherwell, but will be probably enjoying more their huge ten-point cushion over the green and white half of Glasgow.
    • 11:51 The Ibrox side have been incensed by allegations over owner Craig Whyte's previous business dealings – adding to the Gers' ongoing disputes with the taxman, and former directors Martin Bain and Donald McIntyre. Read Rangers owner Whyte set to sue BBC.
    • 11:49 Gers boss Ally McCoist insisted his players were focused on the clash in Edinburgh despite their increasing off-field problems.
    • 11:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the SPL clash between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle.
  • Summary

    • 76' STEVENSON!! Into the box, strikes it, McGregor parries it out, falls again to the Hearts man!! And again McGregor denies him with his leg!! So close for Hearts!!
    • 74' A succession of quick throws for Rangers. Bocanegra receives it. Great lofted ball to JELAVIC!! Superb volley as he watches it over his shoulder and Rangers are two to the good!! GOAL RANGERS!! They lead Hearts 2-0!!
    • 69' Hamill swings it in for ZALIUKAS!! Heads over!
    • 64' Still Hearts come forwards. Templeton races past the Gers backline, cuts it back to the unmarked ADRAIN MROWIEC!! Drags it wide from some 12 yards out!! Should have scored!! What a chance for Hearts!!
    • 62' Hamill again cuts inside feeds JONSSON!! McGregor gets everything behind it and palms it away and then the flag goes up.
    • 50' Played back in and there’s a bit of pinball and head tennis until it falls to JONSSON!! Bocanegra watches that all the way and heads clear!
    • 47' Good ball in to the Hearts box. Poor clearance by Grainger! Straight to LAFFERTY! Caught by surprise and pokes the ball out for a goal kick! Grainger got away with that one!
    • 44' SKACEL!! Great strike!! Moves in the air, but McGregor parries it out to safety!!
    • 43' Black’s ball takes a deflection off Bocanegra! Falls nicely for Stevenson to chase!! Pokes it goalwards under Wallace’s challenge and the ball rolls agonisingly wide of McGregor’s goal!! So close to a leveller!!
    • 36' In it comes, Bocanegra heads it back in, cleared only as far as EDU!! Hits it with the outside of his boot and it’s bends away from Kello’s right hand post! Good effort!
    • 27' Played short, out to Grainger, fires it in, the ball bounces around and falls to STEVENSON!! Takes one touch too many and Edu slides in to block! Should have struck that first time!!
    • 20' GOAL RANGERS!! But the Hearts rearguard is broken! Edu feeds Whittaker, the Rangers man runs half the pitch, eludes five Hearts tackles, plays it to Naismith who sweeps the ball home! Rangers lead 1-0!!
    • 19' Nice play by Hamill in the right back spot. Cuts inside and plays it long. Rangers win it back. EDU! Andy Webster gets the drive in the face! Took one for the team there because the angle suggested that might be heading in!!
    • 9' Lafferty battling for the bal as a deep cross comes in. Falls to EDU!! Takes a deflection and the American’s powerful strike only nets a corner!
    • 7' Rangers counter. MCCULLOCH! That’s similar to Black’s earlier effort as it goes way off target. Catcalls from the Tynecastle faithful.
    • 6' Still Hearts press. Neat flick by Black for RUDI SKACEL! Great block coming in as the Czech got his shot off.
    • 5' Ian Black with the volley!! No threat to Allan McGregor as the ball sails out! Call that one a sighter!
    • 12:08 And the teams are in! HEARTS: Kello, Hamill, Zaliukas, Webster, Grainger, Skacel, Jonsson, Mrowiec, Black, Templeton, Stevenson. Subs: MacDonald, Obua, McGowan, Novikovas, Taouil, Gordon Smith, Robinson. /// RANGERS: McGregor; Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace; Naismith, Davis, McCulloch, Edu, Papac; Lafferty. Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, Perry, Fleck, Bedoya, Jelavic, Wylde.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 5.1 -
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out84′ 5.2 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out83′ 4.4 -
      Substitution Out79′ 4.7 -
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      Subs
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      Substitution In84′ 4 -
      Substitution In83′ 6.3 -
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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
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      6.5 -
      Goal 7.2 -
      6.6 -
      Substitution Out73′ 7.2 -
      Strikers
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      Subs
      Substitution In77′ 5.3 -
      Substitution In73′ Goal 9.2 -
      Substitution In73′ 6.5 -

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