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- Partick Thistle 0-1 Hearts (Berra)
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- Celtic, Inverness already in semi-finals, Aberdeen and Rangers to contest replay
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Former Partick Thistle manager on BBC Radio ScotlandQuote Message: Thistle have got to watch giving away daft free-kicks. Anything around the box and Hearts are just going to send the big guys up
Thistle have got to watch giving away daft free-kicks. Anything around the box and Hearts are just going to send the big guys up
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BBC Scotland summariser on SportsoundQuote Message: A really good start for Hearts. They’ve caused Thistle all sorts of concern. You can see there’s a lack of height for Thistle. It’s a big onus on the likes of Anderson. Hearts are such a big strong side
A really good start for Hearts. They’ve caused Thistle all sorts of concern. You can see there’s a lack of height for Thistle. It’s a big onus on the likes of Anderson. Hearts are such a big strong side
It’s been coming and Hearts are now in front. Oliver Bozanic sends a corner back towards Ben Garuccio, whose cross on the volley finds Christophe Berra to head past Conor Hazard. The Hearts captain had to get up quite high to make the connection and it was a fine finish.
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A Hearts set piece comes in from Oliver Bozanic but Partick Thistle stand firm. Bozanic then launches a long throw-in towards the six-yard box and the Jags are alert to clear.
Partick Thistle have weathered that early storm but t’s clear Hearts are trying to use their physical advantage by loading the box every time they can.
More mayhem in the Thistle box. This time Oliver Bozanic delivers for Steven MacLean but his effort is blocked and the hosts eventually scramble clear.
First chance goes the way of Hearts. Ben Garuccio exchanges passes with Oliver Bozanic and crosses for Christophe Berra, who heads wide.
Hearts’ Steven MacLean kicks off.
Partick Thistle and Hearts players are on the pitch, the handshakes have taken place and it’s almost time for kick-off.
Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound: “It’s an exciting night and one we’re really looking forward
to. At home no matter who you are playing you have an advantage.
“We believe that at our best we can give them a really good
“Everyone has an opportunity tonight to show people how
good they are. It will be a massive test with the physicality Hearts have. We have to
stand up to that and take the game to Hearts when we can. We’ve prepared for
that and can’t wait.”
And on Partick Thistle last beating Hearts in the Scottish Cup when they last won the tournament in 1921, Caldwell added: “Football’s about re-writing history and we have that
Partick Thistle had made a positive start to 2019 with two draws followed by five wins in a row but defeats over the past nine days against Ross County and Dunfermline Athletic means they are bottom of the Scottish Championship.
Gary Caldwell’s side are only a point off Falkirk and Alloa Athletic and a win tonight would not only restore some confidence but give them a lucrative semi-final tie.
Hearts’ last win was in the Scottish Cup, last month’s 4-0 defeat against Auchinleck Talbot. Craig Levein’s side go into tonight’s game after two defeats and a draw in their past three matches.
The Tynecastle side last reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup in 2012, when they went on to in the tournament.
Hearts manager Craig Levein has been speaking toBBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound pre-match.
“This is a really important match for us and I wanted to put
out as strong a team as possible and win the game tonight,” he said. “We’ve brought Steven
MacLean back in to play up front with Uche Ikpeazu.
“I expect a top match. I look at the calibre of players Partick Thistle have got and I’m wary of thinking – because we’re in a league
above them and they’re at the bottom of the Championship – that this will be an
easy game for us.
“We managed to get through to the semi- finals of the League
Cup and that was a great experience for our boys. We’re hoping we can do the
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The question is, will Partick Thistle make it two Championship teams in the semi-finals? It’s 17 years since they last made the last four.
Hearts will be eager to secure their second semi-final appearance of the season, having lost 3-0 to Celtic in the League Cup.
It’s been almost a year since Thistle took on Hearts, with the Jags relegated at the end of last term. Last season’s meetings featured two 1-1 draws and a 3-0 win for Hearts.
It’s just over two years since Partick beat the Tynecastle side.
There was always going to be at least one Championship in the semi-final draw and Inverness Caledonian Thistle struck late to eliminate second-tier rivals Dundee United later on Sunday. Check out the Tannadice tie below.
Then it was up to Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon with Rangers coming back to draw with Aberdeen and force a replay, to take place next Tuesday. Check out the best of the action below.