St. Pauli travelled to Munich earlier today to face 1860 in the Allianz Arena. The home side had started the season well, but had stumbled in recent weeks and were going into the game without a win in their last three matches. Die Kiezkicker had suffered defeat midweek in the DFB Pokal at Stuttgart, but were unbeaten in their previous three games in the 2.Bundesliga.
Michael Frontzeck made six changes to the side who were defeated in Stuttgart, many due to injuries sustained in that defeat. Kalla, Bruns, Gyau, Daube, Bartels and Ebbers were replaced by Mohr Kringe Schindler Buchtmann, Gogia and Ginczek.
1860 Munich: Kiraly – Wojtkowiak, Aygün Schindler Volz – Bulow, Bierofka (61 Makos) – Stoppelkamp, D. Halfar (71 Maier), Tomasov (35th Blanco) – Lauth
FC St. Pauli: Tschauner – Avevor, Mohr, Thorandt, Schachten- Boll (32 Funk), Kringe – Schindler, Buchtmann (89th Daube), Gogia (Gyau 87th) – Ginczek
St. Pauli started the game well, and should have gone ahead in the first two minutes. A quick counter attack caught the 1860 Munich defence sleeping, and St. Pauli had a 4 on 3 oppurtunity. Buchtmann got the ball caught between his feet though and could only play it out to Gogia, whose effort was saved by Gabor Kiraly. The home side looked shaky at the back, and Schachten and Ginczek both went close.
Fabian Boll gave the away side a deserved side though on 26 minutes, with a low drive into the bottom corner following a good headed assist by Ginczek. Boll had aggravated an injury though and was replaced by Funk shortly after the goal.
The momentum was still with the away side though, and they were unlucky not to have a second before the break. 1860 had their first real chance shortly after half-time, but a header from Lauth hit the bar. The Lions were made to rue that miss a couple of minutes later, when again the 1860 Munich defence seemed to disintegrate. Former St. Pauli player Moritz Volz inadvertently flicked a header into the path of Schindler, who crossed to give Ginczek a simple finish.
There was little fightback from 1860 Munich, who were below par in all areas. St. Pauli had the best chances in the closing stages, with Ginczek missing two good chances. They had also defended brilliantly, and were compact in the midfield area not allowing 1860 Munich any chance to get back into the game. It was a deserved 2-0 victory in front of 29,000 supporters, over 2,200 of which were from St. Pauli.
It is the first away win for FCSP since mid-February. St. Pauli temporarily moved into 10th position, putting a gap between them and those in the relegation places. What a difference a month makes…