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  • Scottish Premiership
    Hearts 2 Dundee 0
    • Esmael Gonçalves 30', Berra 77'
    FT HT 1 - 0

    • By TheDarkBlues
    • 12th December 2017, 12:00 am
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    Line Ups

    Hearts:

    • 1 McLaughlin
    • 16 Randall
    • 4 Souttar
    • 6 Berra
    • 27 Grzelak58'
    • 46 McDonald
    • 10 Sutchuin-Djoum Cochrane 32'
    • 8 Buaben
    • 33 Moore Lafferty 74'
    • 23 Stockton
    • 77 Esmael Gonçalves Callachan 59'

    Substitutes

    • 2 Smith
    • 9 Lafferty
    • 13 Hamilton
    • 15 Cowie
    • 20 Callachan
    • 30 Brandon
    • 47 Cochrane

    Dundee :

    • 12 Parish
    • 34 Waddell
    • 24 Meekings
    • 22 Hendry Kerr 45'
    • 14 O'Hara
    • 18 McGowan Leitch-Smith 75'
    • 8 Kamara
    • 15 Aurtenetxe Borde
    • 21 Deacon El Bakhtaoui 65'
    • 9 Moussa
    • 10 Allan

    Substitutes

    • 2 Kerr
    • 3 Holt
    • 6 O'Dea
    • 7 Leitch-Smith
    • 20 El Bakhtaoui
    • 29 Haber
    • 38 Ferie
    Referee: Craig Thomson
    Attendance: 15,566
    Photo courtesy of: Derek Gerrard Photography

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  • Scottish Premier

    Pos Team Pld GD Pts
    1 Celtic 27 36 61
    2 Rangers 27 22 52
    3 Aberdeen 27 12 52
    4 Hibernian 27 8 47
    5 Hearts 27 4 38
    6 Kilmarnock 25 -2 35
    7 Motherwell 27 -4 32
    8 Dundee 27 -12 28
    9 St Johnstone 25 -14 27
    10 Partick Thistle 27 -20 24
    11 Hamilton Accies 25 -13 23
    12 Ross County 27 -17 21

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