Hearts beat Celtic 2-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Roman Bednar's goal three minutes from time gave Hearts a 2-1 win over champions Celtic in the SPL on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Roman Bednar's goal three minutes from time gave Hearts a 2-1 win over champions Celtic in the SPL on Sunday. The Jambos had the better of a scrappy first half and went close on 20 minutes, when Bednar headed Bruno Aguiar's free-kick wide of Artur Boruc's far post. A seemingly innocuous clash just before half-time between Aiden McGeady and Julien Brellier sparked a furore on the sidelines. Celtic coach Gordon Strachan and Hearts assistant John McGlynn had to be kept apart. After consulting the fourth official, referee Stuart Dougal decided to send both men to the stands, with Strachan's dismissal warmly received by the Edinburgh crowd. Moving ahead Right at the start of the second half, Hearts should have taken the lead when Aguiar's cross picked out Bednar. But the striker could not make strong enough contact with his header. Moments later, the home side were ahead when Michal Pospisil's through-ball sprung the Celtic offside trap and Bednar moved in on goal before firing home from an acute angle to the delight of coach Valdas Ivanauskas. Unfair denial Hearts were rampant and were unfairly denied a second on the hour. Pospisil again found his Czech mate Bednar, who rounded Boruc before slotting home, but the assistant deemed him offside, despite replays clearly showing otherwise. The home side's sense of injustice was heightened when Celtic launched a counter-attack on 66 minutes. Shunsuke Nakamura's cross-field pass was cleverly flicked on by Kenny Miller to McGeady. He slid it to Stilian Petrov who finished emphatically to level the scores, with Strachan doing his best to keep calm in the stands. But three minutes from time, Neil Lennon failed to put enough pace on a backpass. Bednar pounced, taking the ball past Boruc before finishing to send Tynecastle wild and secure a win which could prove vital in this year's title race. Lennon could only hold his head in his hands as Celtic suffered their first defeat of the season. (AP)

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