Second division: St. Pauli with 100 tennis balls but again only one point

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St. Pauli with 100 tennis balls but again only one point

Status: 01.09.2023 | Reading time: 3 minutes

FC St. Pauli has scored again after three goalless games. However, it was not enough to win in Braunschweig. The fans, on the other hand, caused a stir. Düsseldorf turned a deficit against Karlsruher SC.

FC St. Pauli’s goalless series is over. After three 0-0 draws in a row, Hamburg only managed to draw 1-1 (0-0) at Eintracht Braunschweig in the second division on Friday evening.

The protest of the fans, who demonstrated against the prices for standing room, was impressive. St. Pauli’s supporters only took their seats after five minutes of the game, the Braunschweiger held back at least with singing. A large poster was rolled out in the Eintracht fan curve: “Choreo canceled today due to top game surcharge”. St. Pauli fans opened the second half by throwing around 100 tennis balls into the interior.

Protest in the Braunschweig curve: “Last warning shot, abolish top surcharges”

Source: dpa/Swen gatekeeper

The reason: Braunschweiger have raised admission prices for five home games in the new season. A standing room ticket for these games costs 21 euros, which is four euros more than for the usual games. The so-called “top game surcharge” also applied to the northern duel with FC St. Pauli.

Helgason’s dream debut

Elias Saad gave the clearly better guests a deserved lead in the 59th minute. The Icelander Thórir Jóhann Helgason, who was only signed the day before, equalized for Eintracht four minutes after his substitution with a long-range shot (80th). The 22-year-old midfielder came on loan from Italian top-flight club US Lecce.

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St. Pauli was clearly superior to Braunschweig from the start in front of 21,290 spectators. However, the candidate for promotion hardly created any clear scoring chances.

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The new striker Simon Zoller, who was signed by VfL Bochum a few hours before kick-off, should remedy the situation after the international break. Due to the short-term nature of this transfer coup, the 32-year-old was not yet in the squad for the Braunschweig game.

At Eintracht, on the other hand, not only Helgason made his spectacular debut. The new attacker Florian Krüger was also part of the starting line-up three days after his loan from FC Groningen. However, the Braunschweig game was geared exclusively to compact and very distant defensive work. In the opposing half of the game, the hosts rarely appeared until the happy equalizer.

Dusseldorf turns up

With the second win in a row, Fortuna Düsseldorf has at least temporarily taken over the top of the table. Coach Daniel Thioune’s team won against Karlsruher SC 3-1 (1-1) despite falling behind early on and, thanks to the slightly better goal record, they overtook Hamburger SV, who were tied on points.

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In front of 27,942 spectators, Yannik Engelhardt (14th) and Christos Tzolis (55th) scored for Fortuna’s deserved victory, the third goal was an own goal by Marvin Wanitzek (59th). KSC, who initially caught Düsseldorf off guard with Fabian Schleusener’s (3rd) quick lead, is in eighth place with seven points from five games.

In an entertaining first half, the guests got off to a dream start, but were unable to use this momentum. Instead, Fortuna benefited from a failed pass by KSC goalkeeper Patrick Drewes and came back into the game through Engelhardt’s 1-1. After that, Düsseldorf dominated the game and had more good chances.

Source: dpa/Roland Weihrauch

Little changed in this dominance in the second round. With a double strike within two minutes, the hosts closed the sack. Tzolis put Fortuna on the road to victory with a dream goal to make it 2-1. The final offensive in Karlsruhe was ultimately unsuccessful.


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