Feb 24, 2013 at 4.30pm UK at ​Tannadice Park
Dundee UtdDundee United
2-2
Hibernian
Rankin (6'), Russell (86' pen.)
Daly (17'), Mackay-Steven (64')
FT(HT: 1-1)
McPake (27'), Griffiths (51')
Taiwo (79')

Result: Late Johnny Russell goals earns Dundee United a point

Result: Late Russell goal earns United a point
© Lynne Cameron / PA Photos
Hibernian and Dundee United shared the points this evening, with the home side scoring five minutes from the start, and five minutes from the end of the game to deny Hibs.

Hibernian have missed the chance to move within a point of second place in the Scottish Premier League, after drawing 2-2 at Dundee United this evening.

The hosts were ahead after just five minutes, when John Rankin timed his run into the box perfectly and headed the ball into the back of the net.

After that, though, Hibernian began to dominate. Paul Cairney twice tested the reflexes of Radoslaw Cierzniak before the Pole made an even more impressive save from Leigh Griffiths's shot.

On the 27 minute mark, Tom Taiwo won a free kick on the right-hand side. Griffiths stepped up to take it and found James McPake, who headed in the equaliser from close range.

The away side continued to pepper Cierzniak's goal with shots from all angles, and five minutes before the break they could have been ahead when Griffiths found space in the box, but the striker's shot bounced clear off the post.

He made up for it shortly after half time, after being put through by Matt Done, Griffiths opened up his body and curled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.

Hibernian continued to win free kicks around the penalty area, but United defended well and kept the score within one.

They were rewarded for their efforts five minutes from time. A poor challenge from Ryan McGivern brought down Gary Mackay-Steven inside the penalty area, giving the referee no option but to award the penalty. Top scorer Johnny Russell made no mistake from the spot and Dundee United were level.

Both teams tried to push for a late winner, but to no avail. Hibernian move up one place to sixth, while Dundee United remain in ninth.

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