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Funso OJo makes Aberdeen’s day with a leveller

Team mates hail funso Ojo


Nigeria born Belgium junior international Funso Ojo was in super mood at the weekend as he secured a point for Aberdeen against Hearts in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.

The hosts had taken the lead from the penalty spot through Liam Boyce in the second half before the Belgian levelled for the Dons in the 72nd minute.Dean Campbell recycled a Ramirez cross and his low delivery was turned in by Ojo from close range.

A draw, which leaves both clubs tied with Hibernian in a three-way battle at the top of the Premiership, was a fair result given what they put into a fiercely competitive match.

That keenly fought nature of the game continued after the final whistle when Hearts manager Robbie Neilson and Aberdeen captain Scott Brown had to be separated during a heated argument.

This was the first capacity game at Tynecastle since the pandemic began in March 2020 and the players were greeted to a deafening roar as they made their way out onto the pitch

Aberdeen, showing three changes to the team that started against Qarabag in midweek, settled well against a Hearts side keen to put on a show in front of their own fans.

It was clear from the early exchanges that there was little between the sides on the pitch.

The only real opening of the first half came in the 16th minute when the visitors tore Hearts apart with a flowing counter attack.

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Teddy Jenks and Lewis Ferguson combined to set Christian Ramirez free but the striker shot straight at the body of Craig Gordon.

There was a touching moment in the 26th minute when Hearts fans paid tribute to late captain Marius Zaliukas, who died last December following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease, by twirling their scarves in memory of the Lithuanian.

Hearts had a great chance to break the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half when Gary Mackay-Steven shot wide in a crowded box after Joe Lewis flapped at a sliced clearance from team-mate Brown.

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