Late goals from Lasse Sobiech and Sebastian Maier secured a convincing victory for St. Pauli to get them back to winning ways.
Monday’s 2. Bundesliga match saw two sides at different ends of the table.The visitors, MSV Duisburg, went into the game at the bottom of the table after Fortuna Düsseldorf’s victory at the weekend. The newly-promoted side have struggled so far this season and find themselves without a win after two draws and three defeats.
The hosts, St. Pauli, had struggled through a disappointing campaign last year but they have started considerably better this term and sat in sixth place. Third place was all to play for and after suffering their first loss last time out, St. Pauli were looking to get back on track and take that place.
Duisburg and 1860 Munich were the only two sides yet to win, could the Zebras leave the Bavarian club all on their own and leap off the bottom?
Promising start for the visitors
Duisburg started the game well but struggled to punish a St. Pauli defence which looked very nervous. A free-kick from Martin Dauschwas delivered into the area and a header down almost caught out the defence; however Lasse Sobiech managed to react and clear the danger. Dausch took the resulting corner and it almost crept in at the near post, once again Sobiech got to the ball first and hacked the ball to safety.
St. Pauli finally settled around the twenty minute mark and they should have grabbed the first goal. A high ball into Jeremy Dudziaksaw him control very well with his chest before turning with pace to get away from Kevin Wolze but the shot was poor, as he sliced it horribly wide.
Michael Ratajczak was finally forced to make a save when Lennart Thy controlled with his chest and just inside the area fire towards goal and the Duisburg keeper got down well to parry.
Plenty of first-half chances
On the half hour mark St. Pauli felt they should’ve been awarded a penalty. Some great play from Daniel Buballa on the left saw him slide the ball across goal and under the challenge of Branimir Bajić went down, though René Rohde paid no attention to the appeals.
Duisburg then went up the other end and produced their first meaningful chance as Rolf Feltscher crossed from the right, and from a few yards out Dausch headed just over the bar.
A couple of minutes later Duisburg came very close to grabbing the lead with Andreas Wiegel flying inside and his left-footed effort hadRobin Himmelmann scrambling across goal. However, the post came to the rescue as the shot cannoned away.
Stalemate after 45 minutes
Thy continued to cause problems for the visiting defence and he went agonisingly close after the ball was slipped into him; his curling effort from outside the area flew just wide of the upright.
For the hosts the left side was proving to be too much for their guests and, in particular, Buballa. Once again he charged into the box and managed to cut the ball back to a team mate. This time Dudziak arrived but he couldn’t find the back of the net as Ratajczak comfortably saved.
Stuttering start to the second half but it bursts into life
The second half sadly started the same as the first as both teams struggled to get going again. It took until just past the hour mark for a decent chance to be created. Wolze crossed from the left side and picked out Kevin Scheidhauer, only for the forward to send his shot over.
The game’s first goal finally came twenty minutes from time as St. Pauli were awarded a penalty which was harshly on Duisburg. Thy and Dustin Bomheuer challenged for a ball in the box and the former went down just inside the area. Gino Lettieri was far from happy and was eventually sent to the stands. St. Pauli skipper Sobiech stepped up for the penalty and brilliantly fired into the top right corner.
St. Pauli seal all three points
Three minutes from time St. Pauli sealed the win. Fabrice Picaultburst forward and after a bit of skill he laid the ball off to an unmarked Sebastian Maier. The midfielder unleashed a powerful strike from outside the area and it flew past the helpless Ratajczak.
Duisburg once again failed to win despite their best efforts. The striking department are still struggling and they need to start firing soon before it becomes too late. As for St. Pauli, the 2-0 victory sends them up to third place and they’ve certainly surprised a few with their start to this season. Whether they can keep it up still remains the major question.
St. Pauli travel to face Eintracht Braunschweig next time out while Duisburg hosts FSV Frankfurt.