Red Bull have spent almost £32m in the previous 2 seasons, as their crusade to buy their way to the Bundesliga comes ever closer. The story of Red Bull’s purchase of Leipzig is one that has been covered before and one we won’t bore you with the details with again, but there’s plenty to read up on if you’re not familiar with the story. Well worth learning about their methods…
Anyway, St. Pauli faced the league leaders last night at the Millerntor with Leipzig starting to walk away with the league. Six straight wins, including a 2-0 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig last weekend, had put Leipzig 6 points clear of Freiburg and 11 ahead of the boys in brown who sat in 5th.
But St. Pauli recorded only Leipzig’s third defeat of the season thanks to an early goal from Marc Rzatkowski, thanks to an excellent bit of team play. Rzatkowski twisted inside the box and his low shot found the bottom corner. Robin Himmelmann has been superb this season, a key reason why St. Pauli have conceded less than a goal a game this season. And it was Himmelmann who reacted brilliantly to deny Leipzig an equaliser almost immediately. A corner swung in dangerously towards the near post and after it hit a Leipzig clear inadvertently the ball seemed destined for the bottom corner, only for Himmelmann to throw a last ditch leg at the ball to kick it round the post. Not long after, Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg found himself free at the back post, but his lunge with his right leg sent the ball into the side netting. If he’d have been more composed, he may have taken it on his easier left foot. Forsberghad another chance to score having found some space inside the box, but he hit it straight at Himmelmann.
If you were listening on BT Sport, you could be forgiven for thinking that Leipzig were unlucky not to be in front. But, perhaps through tinted glasses, it was a committed defensive performance that gave the franchise little in the way of goalscoring chances. For all of their possession, St. Pauli defended resolutely and it was very rare that Himmelmann was called into action. Infact, the best chances of the game were for St. Pauli. Nehrig’s volley from the edge of the box smashed the crossbar, then in the final stages Fafa Picault intercepted a defensive header, and rounded the keeper but lost his footing as he went away from goal and his eventual shot hit the post. That was the last of the action, and St. Pauli celebrated a win of spirit and passion over RB’s millions.
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