St. Pauli travelled to Offenburg earlier today for the first round of the DFB Pokal, a cup they’d struggled to progress in during previous seasons. St. Pauli, wearing the famous camouflage shirts from the 2005/06 cup run, had the better of the early possession with Offenburg defending deep in their own half, but it was the home side had the first real chance of the game. Thankfully Tschauner saved one-on-one to deny Offenburg a shock lead.
Eventually though the superior quality and overwhelming possession of Schubert’s side paid dividends, and Mahir Saglik showed a touch of quality on 23 minutes, beating a couple of players with some neat footwork before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner. Offenburg’s goalkeeper Streif was in fine form, preventing the away side from doubling their lead on numerous occasions, but Saglik again found the net, this time with a free header on 68 minutes to seal the victory. Ginczek, who had came on as a substitute to replace Thy, then finished from inside the box to complete the scoring, 3-0 it ended. The result means that the club will go into the second round, but will also net prize money of around €250,000.
Schubert: “”We were welcomed with a warmth and friendliness that was sensational. They had thought of everything. The fire department even provided our fans with a cold shower (note – due to 40 degree temperatures). I’m satisfied, we wanted to control the game, not concede and keep playing. With this, the team did well.”