GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Hearts reached the Scottish League Cup final by beating Inverness in a penalty shootout after fighting back and forcing the game into extra time despite having a player sent off on Saturday.
Inverness had taken the lead in the 49th minute when Andrew Shinnie finished off a move he started himself, but Hearts fought back strongly with Michael Ngoo leveling in the 66th a day after signing on loan from Liverpool.
Hearts' Scott Robinson was sent off for a two-footed challenge in the 77th in a heated encounter that saw nine players booked. Hearts triumphed 5-4 in the shootout, with Inverness substitute Philip Roberts missing the final spot kick at Easter Road.
In the final on March 17, Hearts, which won the Scottish Cup last season, will play the winner of the other semifinal on Sunday between St. Mirren and Celtic. In Saturday's only Scottish Premier League game, Richard Brittain scored a late equalizer as Ross County drew 1-1 at Dundee United.
The midfielder's strike in the 82nd minute cancelled out Gary Mackay-Steven's opener at the start of the second half for United. Ross was clear of second-from-bottom St. Mirren by a point, while Dundee United was outside the top six on goal difference.