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Keith Lasley takes a shot. Blocked by David Stephens.
Short corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line. Kevin McBride decides to take a short corner.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Derek Riordan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Nick Blackman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Hart. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Foul by Anthony Stokes on Stephen Craigan, free kick awarded. Stephen Craigan takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Steven Saunders, Header by Nick Blackman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Chris Humphrey goes off and Angelis Charalambous comes on.
Foul by Souleymane Bamba on Nick Blackman, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick. The referee cautions Souleymane Bamba for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on David Stephens by Mark Reynolds results in a free kick. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Derek Riordan goes over the bar.
Colin Nish goes off and David Stephens comes on.
Foul by Chris Hogg on John Sutton, free kick awarded. Jamie Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Stokes on Stephen Craigan. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin McBride challenges Nick Blackman unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Jamie Murphy scores a placed penalty. Motherwell 2-3 Hibernian.
The referee shows Liam Miller a yellow card.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Nick Blackman coming on for Tom Hateley.
Liam Miller scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-3 Hibernian.The assist for the goal came from Derek Riordan.
Paul Hanlon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey. Nick Blackman comes on in place of John Sutton. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley, Kevin McBride makes a clearance.
Foul by Paul Hanlon on Chris Humphrey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley, Kevin McBride manages to make a clearance.
Anthony Stokes produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save.
(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with David Wotherspoon coming on for Edwin De Graaf.
Paul Hanlon gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-2 Hibernian.Assist on the goal came from Derek Riordan.
Shot by Derek Riordan. Save by Darren Randolph. Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steven Saunders.
Cross/shot by Chris Humphrey. The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey, John Sutton has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Souleymane Bamba challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Stevie Hammell, Steven Saunders takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.
Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Souleymane Bamba. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Hateley, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
Souleymane Bamba concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell. Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hogg, clearance by Nick Blackman.
Shot from 20 yards from Liam Miller. Blocked by Stephen Craigan.
Foul by Steve Jennings on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line to the near post, save by Graham Stack.
Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Paul Hanlon misses to the left of the goal.
Long distance effort from Mark Reynolds misses to the left of the goal.
The official flags Colin Nish offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Souleymane Bamba. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, clearance by Colin Nish.
Steven Saunders is caught offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance by Chris Hogg.
Keith Lasley challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Derek Riordan, Anthony Stokes finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian.Assist on the goal came from Souleymane Bamba.
Anthony Stokes fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Derek Riordan, Anthony Stokes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-1 Hibernian.The assist for the goal came from Chris Hogg.
The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. The ball is crossed by Paul Hanlon, Header from deep inside the area by Chris Hogg goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Tom Hateley takes a shot. Save made by Graham Stack.
Short corner taken by Tom Hateley.
Effort from 18 yards by Kevin McBride. Save by Darren Randolph. Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the right by-line, Stevie Hammell makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Tom Hateley takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, Header from close range by Steven Saunders clears the bar.
Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Graham Stack.
Anthony Stokes fouled by Stevie Hammell, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
Keith Lasley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes. Strike comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick.
Shot from 12 yards from John Sutton. Save by Graham Stack.
Souleymane Bamba challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
John Sutton finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian.Tom Hateley provided the assist for the goal.
Colin Nish is caught offside. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Kevin McBride is penalised for a handball. Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
Shot by Jamie Murphy from 35 yards. Save made by Graham Stack.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba by Keith Lasley. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan, clearance by Stephen Craigan.
Effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from 12 yards. Brilliant save by Darren Randolph.
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Hart.
The referee starts the match.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The match restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Duo set for Well start
Strikers Esteban Casagolda and Nick Blackman could make their Motherwell debuts against Hibernian.
Spaniard Casagolda and on-loan Blackburn forward Blackman are likely to start on the bench.
Craig Brown has no injury problems ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener at Fir Park.
Brown does not expect Hibernian to be any less prepared for their domestic campaign than his team despite their contrasting
fortunes in Europe.
Hibernian crashed out in their first Europa League tie 6-2 on aggregate against Maribor after two defeats by the Slovenians, while Motherwell have beaten Breidablik and Aalesund to leave Danish side Odense as the final obstacle to the group stages.
Motherwell have only conceded one goal in their four matches, which came from an injury-time penalty in Norway.
But Brown is wary of Hibs following their impressive start last season under John Hughes.
"If you look back a year ago, they were in brilliant form at the start of last season, they were splitting the Old Firm," Brown said. "That proves that John Hughes' pre-season preparation with Brian Rice is obviously very good.
"They started on fire last season and there is no reason to think that they won't do the same again. So we have to be very vigilant.
"They had a very closely-contested game with Maribor. We had a couple of extra games in the Europa League but we respect Hibs greatly and I know that John Hughes will be keen to get away to a good start."
Hibernian defender Ian Murray will miss out.
Murray will serve the first match of a two-game ban while his team-mates play at Fir Park.
However, Colin Nish and Graham Stack are both in line to return following calf injuries.
Murray has urged Hibernian to prove their European disappointment is firmly behind them as they prepare for another assault on the League.
Murray believes Hibs can prove the doubters wrong who have tipped Well to come out on top in the live television clash.
He said: "For some reason, there is always a little bit of doubting Hibs and the minute things start to go wrong there seems to be this big panic and big crisis at Easter Road.
"That might come from within, I'm not sure. It might be our fans, it might be ourselves. But we need to get rid of that.
"We are not a bad team. We finished fourth last season and we could have finished third with a little bit of luck and a better performance after Christmas.
"We believe in our ability and we have a good mix of players. We got beat by Maribor and end of story.
"The season hasn't even started yet but we probably feel that everybody is looking for Motherwell to win the game and be favourites but we believe we can beat them."
He added: "I think we got over the Maribor game pretty quickly.
"We went down to Blackpool for a friendly after the home leg and got a decent result, which we probably needed for the confidence.
"The lads are now ready to go on Sunday."
Hibs hold on in thriller
Hibernian banished memories of May's spectacular Fir Park collapse as they came from behind to edge another high-scoring thriller 3-2 against Motherwell.
John Sutton gave Motherwell an early lead but Anthony Stokes bundled home from close range in first-half stoppage-time before Paul Hanlon did the same despite suspicions of handball.
Liam Miller doubled the advantage for Hibs and unlike last season, when they lost a four-goal lead to draw 6-6, the visitors held on despite Jamie Murphy pulling one back from the spot.
Motherwell manager Craig Brown brought strikers Esteban Casagolda and Nick Blackman off the bench for their debuts but Hibs killed the game off to get their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign off to a winning start.
The teams had experienced contrasting fortunes in the Europa League, with Motherwell setting up a play-off tie against Odense with victories over Breidablik and Aalesund while Hibs shipped six goals as they fell to Maribor.
Motherwell started brightly but almost fell behind in the fifth minute when Stokes took advantage of a slip by Mark Reynolds, but Darren Randolph steered the Irishman's effort wide with his foot.
The home side were soon back in the ascendancy with Murphy testing Graham Stack from outside the box.
Well took the lead in the 13th minute when Sutton got in front of Chris Hogg at the near post before getting a deft touch on Tom Hateley's low inswinging cross to guide the ball inside the far post.
Motherwell continued to look dangerous and Sutton had a shot saved before Sol Bamba denied with an excellent block following Murphy's low cross.
The game was being played at a furious pace and Motherwell were looking sharp. Hateley's curling effort was held by Stack and Bamba's long legs again denied Sutton as he attacked Steve Jennings' near-post cross following slick build-up play.
But Randolph again came to Motherwell's rescue when he pushed over Kevin McBride's powerful 16-yard strike following a poor clearance from Reynolds.
And Hibs levelled when Bamba headed down Derek Riordan's inswinging free-kick for Stokes to sweep home from two yards.
Motherwell came back out intent on restoring their lead and Stack held Murphy's low shot after Keith Lasley's long pass almost sent the Scotland Under-21 striker clean through, before Reynolds flashed a 30-yard strike just wide.
Randolph produced another great save when he pushed away a stunning 30-yard shot by Stokes from wide on the left.
The home side were still creating more chances than their visitors and Stack held Murphy's flick with the outside of his right boot after a ball over the top from Reynolds.
Motherwell went closer still when the improving Chris Humphrey beat Hanlon on the right wing and looped a cross off the inside of the post. The ball eventually came back to Humphrey, whose second cross was headed just wide by Sutton.
However, Hibs took the lead in the 64th minute after another brilliant delivery by Riordan. The former Celtic player swung the ball towards the back post and Hanlon forced it over the line, although the ball appeared to come off his arm.
Sutton had a strong penalty claim dismissed by Craig Thomson after he was clumsily bundled over by Hogg, and Hibs immediately went further ahead in the 73rd minute when Riordan played Miller into the left channel for the Irishman to drill home.
Blackman came on, with Hateley making way, and the on-loan Blackburn striker quickly won a penalty when Colin Nish senselessly pulled his shirt amid little danger just inside the box.
Murphy sent Stack the wrong way to make it 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining.
But the comeback never materialised this time as Hibs took the sting out of the game.
Brown brought on Spaniard Casagolda to play with four strikers but Hibs looked dangerous on the break and both Riordan and Stokes went close before Hibs substitute David Stephens ensured victory by blocking Lasley's last-gasp shot.
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