2016/17 UEFA Europa League, First Qualifying Round
  • Jevgeni Harin (51')
  • Vladimir Voskoboinikov (63')
  • Callum Paterson (2')
  • Igor (9', 52')
  • Alim Ozturk (45'+1')
2nd Leg - Heart of Midlothian advance 6-3 on aggregate
2nd Leg - Heart of Midlothian advance 6-3 on aggregate

FC Infonet 4-2 Heart of Midlothian

A virtuoso display from Jamie Walker inspired a comfortable 4-2 win for Hearts against Infonet in Estonia as Robbie Neilson's men teed up a Europa League clash against Maltese outfit Birkirkara.

The winger was directly involved in every one of the Jambos' goals, with the hosts absolutely incapable of dealing with his wicked delivery and the Scottish capital club's physicality.

Goals from Callum Paterson, Alim Ozturk and Igor Rossi effectively ended the tie as a contest by the interval in Tallinn, before Rossi claimed his second after the break.

Infonet claimed some consolation through an Ozturk own goal and a fine Vladimir Voskoboinikov volley. However, Hearts' progression to next week's tie against Birkirkara was never in doubt as they sealed a 6-3 aggregate win.

After an underwhelming showing at Tynecastle last week Robbie Neilson changed his personnel and formation. Juanma, Sam Nicholson and John Souttar made way for Perry Kitchen, Liam Smith and Rossi as the Jambos lined up in a 4-3-3, rather than the ineffectual 4-4-2 of six days earlier.

Paterson, meanwhile, was deployed as a wide forward and the towering Scotland international illustrated his attacking prowess by giving the visitors the lead with less than two minutes on the clock. Walker's corner was perfect and, with young goalkeeper Matvei Igonen flailing, Paterson bulleted a clinical header into the net from six yards.

It was a case of deja vu six minutes later when Walker found Rossi at the back post with a tantalising deep free-kick, leaving the Brazilian with the task of nodding the ball past Igonen.

Paterson, thriving in a more advanced role, shot just wide after bursting onto the box, before a trademark Ozturk free-kick from 25 yards was nervously shovelled wide by Igonen.

Conor Sammon then passed up a golden opportunity to claim his first goal in Heartscolours after meeting an Arnaud Djoum delivery, the Irishman's header drifting wide.

Only utterly desperate defending from Aleksandr Dmitrijev stopped Djoum from making it 3-0 as he threw himself in front of a goalbound effort.

However, it was a temporary reprieve. On the stroke of half-time another magnificent Walker corner-kick found the head of Rossi, whose flick-on was turned into the net by skipper Ozturk.

Infonet claimed a well-worked consolation after the break when Aleksandr Volodin surged down the right flank and delivered a super low cross, which Ozturk could only turn into his own net.

Those celebrations were short-lived, however, as just 60 seconds later the hosts were again found woefully incapable of defending a Walker free-kick, allowing Rossi to blast home in the ensuing scramble.

To their credit, Infonet continued to press and reduced arrears on the hour mark when Voskoboinikov volleyed home at the back post.