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Dublin: 21 °C Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Hearts beat Celtic and will face Hibs in all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final

Craig Beattie’s late, late penalty saw Neil Lennon leave Hampden Park disappointed on Sunday afternoon.

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THERE WILL BE an all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup Final, after Hearts beat SPL champions Celtic in controversial circumstances on Sunday at Hampden Park.

Rudi Skacel had put Hearts ahead a minute after half-time, racing on to a pass from former Bhoys striker Craig Beattie before arrowing a shot past Fraser Forster.

Celtic, so poor in the first half, were finally spurred into action. They brought on Anthony Stokes for Georgios Samaras and could have had the match sewn up, were it not for a trio of dreadful misses from Ki.

Twice the midfielder hit the woodwork when it looked easier to score, but Celtic finally managed to equalise three minutes from time when Gary Hooper headed home.

Although the goal was given, the big striker looked offside from Charlie Mulgrew’s cross.

As the game seemed to be heading for a stalemate inside 90 minutes, referee Euan Norris gave Hearts a dramatic and controversial penalty.

Marius Zaliukas’ shot hit the arm of Joe Ledley and immediately the official pointed to the spot. Up stepped Beattie to slot past Forster and end his old team’s chances of adding the Scottish Cup to their league success.

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