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Hearts stun Celtic in semi
Hearts will play Hibernian in the final of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1896 after substitute Craig Beattie's last-minute penalty gave the Gorgie side a shock 2-1 win over his former side Celtic at Hampden.
A minute after the break Rudi Skacel raced on to a pass from Beattie, who had replaced Scott Robinson at the interval, to fire Hearts into the lead.
Four minutes from time Celtic striker Gary Hooper headed in a Charlie Mulgrew cross, but in the final minute referee Euan Norris dramatically awarded Hearts a penalty, when Marius Zaliukas' shot hit the arm of Joe Ledley, and Beattie scored from the spot.
Hearts had six players in their starting line-up who were one booking away from missing the final but showed no signs of holding back and there were some hefty challenges in the early stages.
In the 21st minute Ian Black was lucky to escape with only a booking after a challenge on Celtic midfielder Ledley, in an incident which saw Mulgrew also booked. Black was also penalised for a handball but Norris resisted the temptation to produce a second yellow card.
The best chance of the first half came for the dominant Hoops in the final minute but Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng hit the post with a header from Mikael Lustig's cross when it looked as if he must score.
Beattie replaced Robinson for the start of the second half and the move paid off after just a minute when the big striker helped Skacel fire Hearts ahead. After taking a pass from Black 30 yards out, Beattie quickly released Skacel into the box and he rounded Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster before slamming the ball into the roof of the net.
Stunned Celtic immediately stepped up the tempo and moments later Ki fired over from the edge of the box with a drive which signalled a period of intense Hoops pressure.
Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald produced a fingertip save to stop Kris Commons' free-kick going under the bar before making a great save from Mulgrew's header. But in the 86th minute Celtic eventually got through when Hooper headed in Mulgrew's cross from four yards out and extra-time looked likely.
However, Beattie became the Hearts hero with his spot-kick, although there was still time for Celtic to be denied a penalty when the ball appeared to come off the arm of Andy Webster as Hearts defended for their lives.