Match Report: Barga XI 1-2 Hearts
Friendly: Barga XI 1-2 Hearts
From Hearts Media at ll Ciocco, Italy
Hearts edged out a Barga XI here in Italy tonight to finish off a successful week in Tuscany with victory.
Played in sweltering conditions, the team had plenty of possessionwith the temperature just shy of 40c at kick off.
In the end Eggert Jonsson and Gordon Smith netted the decisive goals to secure the win.
The men in maroon hit the front after just five minutes when Eggert Jonsson was able to easilly turn home Suso's corner close range.
Barga sprung a surprise on eleven minutes by equalising for only the second time in Jim Jefferies' ten years coming to Italy when Ragghianti netted with a powerful free header.
In a tough first half played in unbelievably hot temperatures, Hearts other chances came when Novikovas lashed wide whilst Obua had two good chances to score.
And Ryan Stevenson saw his effort well saved by Regioli after good build up play from Arvydas.
At half-time Jim Jefferies made nine changes, introducing amongst others Jason Holt.
The 17-year-old came closest in the opening 15 minute period, producing a magical run almost a finish to match from 20 yards.
Novikovas was then involved in the action shortly afterwards. He should have turned home Templeton's excellent centre, standing unmarked ten yards from goal but the Lithuanian international blasted wide.
The goal for Hearts finally came on 74 minutes. Jason Thomson fired in a great cross and Gordon Smith, lurking at the back post strolled in and turned the ball home.
That wrapped up the scoring, but it was certainly a useful and intensive workout for the players who train one more time tomorrow before flying home.
You can keep up to date with the game via our LIVE Blog: Hearts in Italia.
Barga XI: Regioli, Fontana, Kramer, Borgia, Pioli, Renucci, Serra, Pieraccini, Saisi, Ragghianti, Buono. Subs: Lucchesi, Cheloni, Landucci, Tamagnini, Barbuti, Vanni.
Hearts 1st half: Kello; C Thomson, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Jonsson; Suso, Mrowiec, Stevenson, Novikovas; Obua, Elliot.
Hearts 2nd half: Balogh; J Thomson, Kucharski, Barr, McGowan; Templeton, Holt, Jonsson, Novikovas (Obua, 65); Robinson, Smith.
Hearts.TV will have exclusive match highlights from tonight's game - expected to be online shortly after midnight in the UK.