Second division: Spectacular action in added time secures Heidenheim’s point on St. Pauli

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Spectacular action in added time secures Heidenheim’s point at St. Pauli

FC St. Pauli also went without a win for the sixth time in a row. Hamburg missed the reward due against Heidenheim. Substitute Matanovic, who was only a few centimeters short in injury time, had the greatest chance.

Et was already the third minute of stoppage time when FC St. Pauli seemed to be rewarded for a dedicated performance. A cross from Lukas Daschner on the back post landed at Manolis Saliakas, who put it down to Igor Matanovic, who shot directly from the center of the box.

Heidenheim goalkeeper Kevin Müller was already beaten, but Jonas Föhrenbach’s leg took the power out of Matanovic’s shot, allowing veteran Norman Theuerkauf to scrape the ball off the line. “Theuer with his 35 years,” Müller laughed about the action, which was ultimately worth a point: “We’re very, very happy to take the point with us,” said Müller about the 0:0.

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St. Pauli does not come out of the relegation zone. With a moderate eleven points after ten games, the Hamburg team only takes eleventh place. For coach Timo Schultz’s team it was the sixth winless game in a row. A relegation rank is only three points away.

St. Pauli reacts

Nevertheless, the hosts, who were without their captains Jackson Irvine (suspended) and Leart Paqarada (injured), classified the game as progress after the poor performances of the past few weeks. “The team is alive,” stated head of sport Andreas Bornemann: “That was a reaction, there was fire in it. Against a really good team in the league.”

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Due to the draw, the Heidenheimer missed to approach a promotion place up to two points. They remain fifth, four points behind. In addition, they have been waiting for a win against Hamburg for six games now.

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100 kilometers of hiking in one go

In the first half they lost their initial advantages against increasingly strong and aggressive Hamburgers and switched to counterattacks. The more powerful team was St. Pauli, but could not use their chances. Their attacking game was pleasing, but lacked the final precision. After the change of sides, the guests became more offensive. Adrian Beck had the best opportunity when he hit the crossbar (54′).

Stay positive: St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz

Stay positive: St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz

Source: dpa/Daniel Bockwoldt

“A lot of effort and little return is a bit of the motto of the season,” says St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz: “I can’t blame the team, the boys didn’t run 120 kilometers today, but what felt like 130 kilometers. We have clear chances, with the climax in the 93rd minute, and then they scrape the ball off the line. But we can’t do much better than that, so I’m sure we’ll soon be rewarded.”


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