Hearts took a significant step towards the Scottish League Cup last 16 after beating Dundee United in a shootout after the sides drew 1-1 at Tynecastle.

Craig Levein’s side were flawless from the spot, with former United defender John Souttar scoring the winning kick after Nicky Clark’s opening penalty was saved by Zdenek Zlamal.

Marquee signing Lawrence Shankland had put United in front early on, before Andy Irving volleyed Hearts level. The 19-year-old was then sent off late on for a deliberate handball.

But his Hearts team-mates went on to claim two points to top the group, while United have to settle for one.

Both now face group games with lower league sides Cowdenbeath, Stenhousemuir and East Fife, with only the group winners guaranteed a place in the knockout stages.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Zlamal
  • 2Smith
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 51Hickey
  • 10WalkerSubstituted forMcDonaldat 80′minutes
  • 8Clare
  • 40IrvingBooked at 83mins
  • 11MulraneySubstituted forZanattaat 75′minutes
  • 9Washington
  • 19IkpeazuSubstituted forBozanicat 84′minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 7Bozanic
  • 13Doyle
  • 21McDonald
  • 22Edwards
  • 26Halkett
  • 29Zanatta
  • 31Burns

Dundee Utd

  • 1Siegrist
  • 2Smith
  • 5ConnollyBooked at 37mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3SporleBooked at 43minsSubstituted forButcherat 45′minutes
  • 7McMullan
  • 12StantonSubstituted forBanksat 73′minutes
  • 19BouhennaBooked at 55mins
  • 17Robson
  • 10Clark
  • 24ShanklandSubstituted forAppereat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Smith
  • 13Mehmet
  • 18Butcher
  • 23Harkes
  • 25King
  • 27Appere
  • 34Banks
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
9,091

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1(5), Dundee United 1(3).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Heart of Midlothian 1(5), Dundee United 1(3).

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(5), Dundee United 1(3). John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(4), Dundee United 1(3). Rachid Bouhenna (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(4), Dundee United 1(2). Conor Washington (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(3), Dundee United 1(2). Scott Banks (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(3), Dundee United 1(1). Michael Smith (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(2), Dundee United 1(1). Paul McMullan (Dundee United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(2), Dundee United 1. Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Nicky Clark (Dundee United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1(1), Dundee United 1. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Dundee United 1.

Foul by Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian).

Calum Butcher (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Paul McMullan (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Heart of Midlothian).

Nicky Clark (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Oliver Bozanic replaces Uche Ikpeazu.

Attempt blocked. Scott Banks (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the red card.

Hand ball by Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian).

Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Anthony McDonald replaces Jamie Walker.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Zdenek Zlamal.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Clark (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Aaron Hickey (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Clark (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Jake Mulraney.

Foul by Aaron Hickey (Heart of Midlothian).

Louis Appere (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Scott Banks replaces Samuel Stanton.

Attempt blocked. Jake Mulraney (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.