Edinburgh derby defeat could cost Hearts

April 22, 2006

GLASGOW Apr 22 (Reuters) - Hearts lost the Edinburgh derby 2-1 to Hibernian on Saturday and slipped up in the race for second place in the Scottish Premier League and a Champions League slot.

They have 68 points from 35 games but third-placed Rangers, who are 63, can close the gap to two points if they beat champions Celtic on Sunday.

Hibs grabbed the lead after 15 minutes when Ivan Sproule raced at goal before finding Derek Riordan who fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

Hearts levelled before the interval through Czech Republic striker Roman Bednar. However, Moroccan Abdessalam Benjelloun scored a late winner after a Paul Dalglish pass in the 78th minute.

'I am very angry about the first half performance,' Hearts's caretaker manager Valdas Ivanauskas told BBC Radio Scotland, 'We make a mistake and Hibs score goals.

'We need to look after our games, but the first half in this game was just the worst.'

Dunfermline won 3-2 in a relegation battle with basement club Livingston. Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat Dundee United 1-0 with a second-half goal from Craig Dargo.

Falkirk drew 1-1 at home to Motherwell while Aberdeen and Kilmarnock fought out a goalless draw.