Hibernian 1 Heart of Mithlothian 1: Nade strike saves Hearts from capital punishment

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Christian Nade spared Hearts from another defeat at the hands of Hibernian in a thrilling Edinburgh derby at Easter Road yesterday.

An own goal from Hearts captain Christophe Berra under pressure from opposite number Rob Jones gave the home side a half-time lead. But striker Nade's equaliser 50 seconds after the restart allowed Hearts to earn a deserved draw.

Both teams had chances to find a winner in the second half and Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher had a close-range header disallowed because of a push.

The home side started brightly with Fletcher's 25-yard drive whistling wide. Despite Hearts gaining more possession, Hibernian took the lead in the 18th minute. Filipe Morais sent in a corner from the right and Jones stretched his left leg across marker Andrius Velicka, although the ball appeared to spin in at the near post via Berra.

Hearts enjoyed the perfect start to the second half as they drew level within 50 seconds of the kick-off. Jones conceded a sloppy corner which was taken by Michael Stewart and drifted through to Andrew Driver on the other side of the area. Driver's cross was nodded on by Audrius Ksanavicius and bundled in by the thigh of Nade from four yards.

Driver was allowed to drift in from his right-wing beat twice, but first his shot was held by Yves Ma-Kalambay and then he sent his second effort swerving high and wide of the target.

The Englishman should have put Hearts in front in the 64th minute but shot too high. Hibernian thought they had regained the lead in the 66th minute but Fletcher's header was disallowed following a push on Berra.

Goals: 1-0 (Berra 18 og) 1-1 (Nade 46).

Hibernian: Kalambay, McCann, Hogg, Jones, Murphy, Morais (Zemmama 80), Kerr, Beuzelin, Stevenson, Antoine-Curier (Donaldson 71), Fletcher (O'Brien 82).

Substitutes not used: McNeil, Gathuessi, Chisholm, McCormack.

Hearts: Basso, Neilson, Goncalves, Berra, Tall, Driver, Stewart, Jonsson, Ksanavicius (Elliot 86), Nade (Pinilla 66), Velicka (Pospisil 80). Substitutes not used: Banks, Wallace, Mikoliunas, Palazuelos.

Booked: Hibernian: Beuzelin Hearts Jonsson, Elliot.

Referee: C Richmond (Scotland).

Attendance: 17,015.

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