Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar marked his first appearance for 18 months with the goal that gave his side a 1-1 draw in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian. Csaba Laszlo's side trailed to Steven Fletcher's early strike at Easter Road but Aguiar was determined to make up for lost time after a lengthy battle with an ankle injury that he feared might end his career. The Portuguese playmaker scored the equaliser with a superb free-kick just before the break. He could have won it for Hearts, but squandered a late chance to leave the visitors a point and a place behind their bitter rivals.
Hibernian had made a dream start as an incisive move produced the first goal 78 seconds after kick-off. Colin Nish dispossessed Christos Karipidis before running on to Derek Riordan's backheel and squaring for Fletcher to score from close range. Hearts came close to an instant reply when Christophe Berra headed against the bar after Laryea Kingston had lobbed the ball back in after his half-cleared corner. Riordan volleyed into the side net after David van Zanten's cross found him unmarked at the back post moments later.
Kingston missed a great chance in the 11th minute after starting a counter-attack following Steven Thicot's misplaced pass. The Ghana midfielder played Christian Nade through and the ball fell for him on the right side of the box after Yves Ma-Kalambay had come out to slide clear. But he shot high and wide with the keeper stranded. Riordan appealed strongly for a penalty when he was knocked down by Eggert Jonsson's challenge just inside the box but referee Eddie Smith waved to play on.
Nish gave away a 20-yard free-kick when he pushed over Lee Wallace in the 42nd minute. Aguiar took full advantage to draw Hearts level with a strike from the set-piece. Hibs threatened first in the second half when Janos Balogh scrambled to push Riordan's looping header wide of his near post following Van Zanten's deep cross.
Nade nodded home Kingston's corner on the line moments later but he had impeded Ma-Kalambay and Smith blew for a foul. With Aguiar pulling the strings, Hearts started to take control and Nade headed wide from another Kingston cross. Aguiar could have won it for Hearts in the final moments but he mishit his shot from Andrew Driver's cross. Nade wasted an even better chance in stoppage time as he blasted Driver's cross over the bar.