St. Pauli sets historic records
FC St. Pauli is unstoppable in the second division. There was also a win against Regensburg. With this, the team and coach achieve top marks. The gap to local rivals HSV is now only six points.
Dhe FC St. Pauli has continued its triumphant march through the second division. On Saturday, Hamburg celebrated their ninth success in a row with a hard-earned 1-0 (1-0) win over Jahn Regensburg and improved to fourth place in the table.
The gap to local rivals Hamburger SV is now just six points. In front of 29,235 spectators at the Millerntor, the hosts benefited from an own goal by Regensburg’s Prince Owusu in the 23rd minute.
It was a historic victory for club and coach. Eight wins in a row in the second division meant a club record, now the Hamburgers have equalized the league record. The last time a second division team celebrated nine wins in a row, coach Fabian Hürzeler and his players in the Kiezkicker’s current squad weren’t even born yet. Around the turn of the year 1986/87, Karlsruher SC won nine games in a row.
Hürzeler has been in office since the winter break and has now won all the first nine games in his first position as head coach in the second division. This is unique. In the history of the second division, Jürgen wahling (1986 at Hannover 96) and Hans-Dieter Tipphauer (1979 at Arminia Bielefeld) celebrated eight wins in their first eight games as coach. In the ninth game neither managed to win.
Regensburg defended itself in vain
Hürzeler did, even if his players initially struggled against the compact guests. St. Pauli slowly gained the upper hand and deservedly took the lead. A high-defended free-kick by Marcel Hartel was unlucky for Owusu to score into his own goal. Shortly before the break (42nd), Manolis Saliakas and Jackson Irivine missed a double chance against the strong parrying Jahn keeper Jonas Urbig.
Regensburg was by no means hiding. The Upper Palatinate were always looking for playful solutions and did not act like a team that was in acute danger of relegation. Sarpreet Singh (54′) and Blendi Idrizi (73′) had the best opportunities. Hamburg goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj, who had almost lost the ball before the Idrizi opportunity, was on the post.