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Celtic 2-0 Hearts: Kyogo Furuhashi and Georgios Giakoumakis strikes send Hoops back top of Scottish Premiership

BY SkySports
08.21.2022
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Match report as Kyogo Furuhashi and Georgios Giakoumakis goals send Celtic back top as Hearts finish with nine men; Sky Sports is the only broadcaster showing live top-flight Scottish football, with up to 48 live games; free highlights available on our website and social media channels

Celtic's Georgios Giakoumakis celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 against Hearts

Celtic continued their perfect start to move top of the Scottish Premiership after goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Georgios Giakoumakis sealed a 2-0 win over nine-man Hearts.

Ange Postecoglou’s side capitalised on Rangers’ draw with Hibernian on Saturday by claiming their fourth win of the season.

Furuhashi put the hosts ahead with a simple tap-in from Daizen Maeda’s cross (13) but Celtic struggled to take their chances across the 90 minutes.

Hearts were unable to make them pay, suffering their first defeat of the campaign, as Alexander Cochrane and Toby Sibbick were both shown second yellow cards within two minutes of each other late on. Giakoumakis then inflicted further pain, turning home from close range in the final minute of injury time.

Player ratings:

Celtic: Hart (7), Juranovic (8), Jenz (7), Carter-Vickers (7), Taylor (8), McGregor (7), O’Riley (7), Turnbull (6), Jota (8), Maeda (7), Kyogo (8).

Subs: Giakoumakis (7), Abada (6), Mooy (6), Hatate (6)

Hearts: Stewart (7), Haring (6), Boyce (6), Mackay-Steven (6), Atkinson (6), Rowles (6), Halliday (6), Forrest (6), Cochrane (4), Sibbick (4), Ginnelly (6)

Subs: M. Smith (6), Shankland (6), McKay (6), Neilson (6), C. Smith (6)

Man of the match: Greg Taylor

How Celtic moved top

Celtic controlled possession from the first minute with their pressure eventually releasing Maeda down the right and his inch-perfect cross was converted from inside the six-yard box by Furuhashi.

Kyogo Furuhashi celebrates making it 1-0 to Celtic

The hosts had 71 per cent of the ball in the first half yet were unable to create significant chances, while Hearts struggled to get out – and when Josh Ginnelly did get a sniff of goal he dragged wide.

Hearts played with more purpose in the second half, but Celtic still had the better chances with Ross Stewart denying Matthew O’Riley before substitute Reo Hatate put the rebound wide.

Content retrieved from: https://www.skysports.com/football/celtic-vs-hearts/report/465037.

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