Hearts hammer Aberdeen 4-1
GLASGOW, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Striker Christian Nade scored one and created two more as Hearts romped to a 4-1 home win over Aberdeen and replaced them in sixth place in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday.
Hearts had the perfect start as Aberdeen blundered at the back with Ricky Foster slashing the ball across his own box allowing Nade to slide it towards the right post where Andy Driver squeezed a shot into the net in the third minute.
Then Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield lost out to a high ball under pressure from Nade in the 14th and it dropped to Lithuanian striker Andrius Velicka who slid a close range shot into the middle of the net.
However, Hearts were hauled back when Dutch midfielder Jeffrey de Visscher cut into the penalty box from the right and swept a low 10-metre shot around keeper Steve Banks and into the bottom left hand corner seven minutes from the interval.
Senegalese defender Ibrahim Tall head-flicked a neat effort across Langfield from 10 metres to put Hearts 3-1 in front following an inviting free kick on the left by midfielder Michael Stewart in 54 minutes.
Nade grabbed goal number four in the 62nd minute when he latched onto the ball on the right and had his first attempt blocked before clipping an angled shot over sprawling keeper Langfield.
Hearts have 18 points from 13 games while champions Celtic top the standings on 28 from 12.
Celtic's fixture with Falkirk and Rangers' game at St Mirren this weekend were postponed at the request of Scotland manager Alex McLeish as Scotland prepare for their final Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Italy on Nov. 17.