Liam Boyce’s overtime penalty sent second-place Hearts into the Scottish Cup final as they saw Edinburgh rival Hibernian in a Hampden thriller

It was a particularly painful derby loss for Hibs, as they missed a kick on their own a few minutes earlier when Kevin Nisbet hit the bar

Craig Wighton’s fifth goal in four games broke the deadlock for Hearts, before Christian Doidge leveled up

Robbie Neilson’s championship kit will meet the winner of Sunday’s semi-final between Celtic and Aberdeen on December 20 in Hampden

History seems to favor Hearts Despite struggling last season, they won the final meeting at Easter Road

They also triumphed in the last Scottish Cup duel in 2018, won the last semi-final between the pair 4-0 in 2006 and, of course, beat their rivals Edinburgh 5-1 in the 2012 finale – the last time they met in a neutral venue

But the Hibs are a higher division, had only lost once in nine games and failed to concede in three games.They entered Hampden as favorites and, in the opening 30 minutes, great chances have fallen in their path

Kyle Magennis had a shot tied to the blocked goal Then Martin Boyle’s cross was greeted perfectly by Nisbet, but goalkeeper Craig Gordon pulled out his left hand and refused it

Olly Lee and Jamie Walker had half chances for Hearts, but it was Hibs who looked more dangerous as the match progressed They had pinned Hearts, Boyce having to delete his own line at some point

But Hearts turned the game upside down on time Neilson made a double switch, pushed Wighton further forward and was rewarded within minutes when the striker met Lee’s cross

But just as Hibs fans thought it was going to be another Hampden derby horror show, Doidge rose on a free kick to curl a header and restore parity

The fire had been stoked Lee put the ball in the path of Wighton, who could have scored a second but instead sent it wide Doidge played a bad pass in a good position Hearts got high but Boyce got shoot wide low

And, in the dying seconds of normal time, Hibs was furious when Doidge and Boyle both hit the bridge in the box Referee Willie Collum awarded Hearts a free kick

In overtime it happened Hibs started on the front foot Alex Gogic’s shot was awkward for Gordon, who parried him off a post And he again had to be vigilant when Joe Newell’s shot took a deviation

More drama was coming Newell threw himself to the ground and got a penalty in Hibs despite little contact from Mihai Popescu But Nisbet broke his penalty against the crossbar

Then, within minutes, Hearts was given a penalty when Aidan White was fouled by Paul McGinn Boyce got it right, hitting him at home

Doidge’s acrobatic kick forced another excellent Gordon save as Hibs refused to give him up, but Hearts held on for another famous Hampden victory over their former enemies

Both camps had their characters tested. For the first hour, Hearts had lived dangerously and had to thank Gordon for keeping them on the same level

But after Neilson’s changes they grew as a attacking force with a display that belied their championship status And they showed their mettle in overtime

Hibs also hit back after falling behind But they must have regretted a glut of missed opportunities as they suffered more heartache in Hampden

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson: “It was a roller coaster ride for everyone and there was a lot of nail biting during this extra time but we managed to take the win and qualify for a Scottish Cup final – and beat our big rivals here in Hampden again

“At the time, I don’t think any of them were shots on goal, but he’s one of them – it’s very difficult for the referee there -low We rolled our luck a bit for our penalty but kept our cool for ours “

Hibs manager Jack Ross: “It hurts We put a lot in the game and there are good margins in football all the time We came out on the wrong side of those margins today

“There are no magic words to dispel the pain of Kevin Nisbet He has the courage to take the penalty and he will have the courage to do it again in the future He is a young man and he is hurting right now, but he will be fine “

Hibernian heads to Aberdeen on Friday (19:45 GMT) in the Premiership before Hearts welcomes Inverness Caledonian Thistle to the Championship on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) And Tynecastle’s side will be the Scottish Cup final on December 20

Unsuccessful attempt Joe Newell (Hibernian) right foot shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the right

Recorded attempt Christian Doidge (Hibernian) left foot shot from the center of the box is recorded in the upper right corner

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Hibernian 1 Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right-footed shot in the upper left corner

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