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8 of 020 Bruno Aguiar 22 L SPL A

Bruno the hero as Hearts go third

From Hearts News at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

Hearts secured a third successive victory here at Inverness to go third in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League tonight. Bruno Aguiar netted a 22nd minute winner.

Csaba Laszlo made two changes to the side that defeated Hamilton at Tynecastle on Wednesday, with Stewart and Neilson returning to the starting line up.

The opening half saw both teams having chances to open the scoring early on which they failed to capitalise on. Hearts had an early scare when Christophe Berra went down in the box; clutching his wrist fortunately he was able to continue after treatment.

Hearts seemed comfortable with their set-up. Jonsson drove down the wing on a number of occasions and linked up well with Christian Nade to pressure the Caley defence. The Hearts midfield was dominant.

Comeback king Bruno Aguiar opened the scoring on 22 minutes with another of his trademark low drilled free-kicks. The Inverness defence seemed to give him the space to shoot and Bruno accepted the invitation and sent the Jambos ahead.

The action sparked into life in the final five minutes of the half and Inverness seemed certain to equalise just on the stroke of half time, Barrowman beat Balogh and sent the ball goal bound, it ended up in the path of Rooney whose touch looked certain o nestle in the bottom corner but Robbie Neilson, was, as always on hand to avert the goal.

Straight after that Caley felt aggrieved again when they had a penalty claim waved away after a Lee Wallace challenge in the box. Hearts however went in at half time a goal to the good.

The teams returned from the break both searching for a goal to kick start the half. Christian Nade almost got on the score sheet with a powerful drive from just outside the box which forced a great save from Esson in the Caley goal. The resulting corner fell perfectly for Andrew Driver who looped the ball towards the top right hand corner again forcing the save from Esson.

Inverness pegged Hearts back in the opening 20 minutes and made it difficult for the Jambos to play. The wind was playing havoc with the flight of the ball and majority of the time the ball missed its intended target. Balogh was called on, on a couple of occasions but generally looked comfortable.

Nade was involved in everything for Hearts as was Berra, so much so that they linked up well in attack and defence. The last quarter of the game was rather ugly and any chances either team had were scrappy to say the least. Balogh saved on the final whistle after a looping shot in just eluded the defence.

Inverness: Esson; Tokely, Duncan, Munro; Hastings; Wilson Viguers( 58), Black (McBain 17), Proctor; Imrie; Barrowman (Wood 63), Rooney. Subs not used: Fraser, McBain, McAllister, Sutherland, Duff.

Hearts: Balogh, Neilson, Zaliukas, Berra, Wallace; Jonsson, Karipidis, Stewart, Driver (Obua 86); Aguiar, Nade (Makela 92). Subs not used: Palazuelos, Mole, Thomson, Brown, Kello.

Referee: Mike Tumilty

Top man: Christophe Berra

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