Greuther Fürth and St. Pauli went into this game with four points, Fürth on the back of a defeat to Ingolstadt and St. Pauli coming into the game after beating Sandhausen last weekend. In the end it was Fürth who came out on top as they outclassed St. Pauli.
St. Pauli created the first few chances of the game, Marc Rzatkowski came inside onto his favourite left foot and fired a low effort towards goal, which narrowly went wide. Just past the ten minute mark Rzatkowski delivered a brilliant freekick into the box and an unmarked Philipp Ziereis could only head straight at Wolfgang Hesl from just inside the area.
One of Fürth’s first attempts on goal came from a freekick, Niko Gießelmann managed to drill his fireekick around the wall, however only straight into the hands of Philipp Tschauner.
Fürth were gifted a chance when Ziereis poorly gave the ball away, his poor pass sparked a Fürth attack which saw Kacper Przybyłko burst forward, his powerful shot was straight at Tschauner who could only palm the shot to a defender to clear. The resulting corner saw Fürth play it short, the ball into the box was low and an unmarked Gießelmann missed a glorious chance from eight yards out.
Fürth took the lead in brilliant style twenty-one minutes into the game, poor marking from St. Pauli helped but Gießelmann’s outstanding cross in from the left perfectly picked out Przybyłko, who powerfully headed past Tschauner.
Almost straight after the opener Przybyłko came close to scoring another, his shot from a wide position deflected off Sören Gonther and whistled just past the post.
Two minutes after scoring Fürth doubled their lead with an almost identical goal, once again they were helped by St. Pauli’s poor defending. This time it was Marco Stiepermann’s cross from the left, his delivery was met by Zsolt Korcsmár who was left unmarked to head past Tschauner.
Stephan Schröck produced some brilliant skill to get past his marker on the half way line before shrugging off a challenge and running towards goal, his shot deflected off Florian Trinks and rolled out for a goal kick. Before the break Trinks could’ve found himself being sent off, a tangle with Gonther ended with Trinks stamping on the defender’s stomach, it did seem accidental, however we’ve seen them given.
Half Time: Greuther Fürth 2-0 St. Pauli.
The second half was played at a slower tempo, however Fürth continued their dominance and they didn’t waste any time scoring a third. In the fifty-second minute Trinks stepped up to take a freekick and he couldn’t have struck it any sweeter, the midfielder’s effort curled into the top corner well out of Tschauner’s reach.
St. Pauli never really looked like getting back into the game and Fürth comfortably saw out the came. One of the only scares for Fürth was when Rzatkowski played the ball through to Ante Budimir, unfortunately for him a tangle of legs with Stiepermann saw him go down. The referee waved play on and it would’ve been a soft penalty had he given it.
Towards the end of the game Fürth had three good chances, the first saw a clearance find Przybyłko, the Polish attacker drifted inside and with only one team mate in support he tried his luck, the effort flashed wide. The second opportunity fell to Robert Zulj who was played through, however Tschauner was quick off his line to close him down and deny the substitute a goal. As the game entered injury time a shot from Stiepermann outside the box was deflected into the path of Korcsmár and his effort from close range was deflected over for a corner.
Full Time: Greuther Fürth 3-0 St. Pauli.
Article for VAVEL.