It wasn’t the prettiest of games, it wasn’t the best of performances, but sometimes you’ve just got to grind out a result. St Pauli did just that on Monday evening, with a 1-0 victory against Karlsruhe. Karlsruhe came into the game sitting 17th in the 2.Bundesliga table with the worst defensive record in the league, but St Pauli struggled to cause them any problems. The opening half hour of the game lacked any real action, aside from a very good save by Bene Pliquett (sporting a superb moustache) rushing out and blocking a one-on-one chance. But just after the 30 minute mark, Moritz Volz controlled a bouncing ball all of 30 yards out, took a touch and looped it over the Karlsruhe goalkeeper. It was a world-beater, a strike worthy of winning any football match.
The game lacked any other real chances, infact the better of those chances fell to Karlsruhe. But a combination of solid ‘keeping from Pliquett and some outstanding defensive work kept Karlsruhe at bay. Credit to Zambrano in particular who was superb at the back yet again, showing the quality that has seen him linked with moves to some of the biggest teams in Europe. There was little else to report from the game, a welcome three points means we are now in 4th place, 3 points off leaders Greuther Furth who face a difficult trip to 1860 Munich next weekend.
The game also saw the return of Marius Ebbers, who has missed recent weeks with injury. In his absence, it’s fair to say St Pauli have struggled going forward. Ebbers is the vocal point of the side as the lone striker, and his presence has been missed. It is now 9 games since a striker scored for St Pauli, with Ebbers and Saglik on the score sheet against Dynamo Dresden on the 27th November. Thankfully the goals have come from other areas of the pitch, but it must be a worry for Andre Schubert – particularly with some crucial games ahead. The next two games see us play Aue and Energie Cottbus, both struggling at the wrong end of the table. If we can win those 2 games, it sets it up nicely for the game in 3 weeks against Dusseldorf.
Here are the other results for the matchday:
Greuther Furth 1-0 Aachen
Paderborn 0-0 Bochum
Union Berlin 1 – 1 Duisburg
FSV Frankfurt 3 -1 1860 Munich
Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-1 Aue
Hansa Rostock 1-5 Eintracht Frankfurt
Dynamo Dresden 0-0 Ingolstadt
Cottbus 1-1 Braunschweig
Finally, well done to Jeky in our prediction competition who scored 9 points in our prediction competition. Jeky guessed 6 correct outcomes this weekend – predicting wins for Furth, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, St Pauli, a draw in Dresden and correctly predicted the 1-1 draw between Cottbus and Braunschweig.
Eintracht Frankfurt 52
Fortuna Dusseldorf 51
St Pauli 50
1860 Munich 42 (game in hand v Aue midweek).