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Löwen fail to reap rewards against St. Pauli
Eintracht’s impressive display ends in a 0-2 defeat
On match-day 9, FC St. Pauli were guests in EINTRACHT-STADION. In front of a crowd of 22,695, the Löwen made the better start and dominated the first-half, but failed to break the deadlock. After the re-start, the visitors from Hamburg found a foothold in the game and decided the destination of all three points in their favour with goals in quick succession by Christopher Buchtmann (76‘) and Enver Sahin (80’).
In St. Pauli (9th place), the Löwen were playing hosts to their neighbours in the table. The overall balance in meetings between the two club’s was decidedly in the Hamburg side’s favour. From 16 previous ‘2. Bundesliga’ clashes, Pauli came out on top on ten occasions, with three matches ending in draws and Eintracht claiming all three points just three times. Dating back to last season, Eintracht go into the clash with St. Pauli on an eleven game unbeaten run on their home turf – a tally they are naturally eager to extend.
The Löwen were without three of the players who started in last weekend’s game in Regensburg. On top of suspensions for Maximilian Sauer, Salim Khelifi and Mirko Boland, Eintracht were also without the injured Christoffer Nyman. Löwen coach Torsten Lieberknecht duly made four changes to his starting eleven, with Robin Becker, Nyman, Boland and Khelifi making way for Niko Kijewski, Louis Samson, Onel Hernandez and Suleiman Abdullahi. For Pauli, the same eleven took to the pitch for Olaf Janßen from last weekend’s 1-2 defeat against Düsseldorf.
2nd minute: Manni with the chance to open the scoring. Hochscheidt launches a throw from the right into the area, where Valsvik flicks on a header at the front post. The ball drops in the six-yard box and Abdullahi reacts quickest, firing in a shot on the turn. The ball proves too central and Himmelmann is down quickly to stop the ball on the line.
11th minute: Penalty for Eintracht! Abdullahi takes possession and drives into the area. Reichel takes on the pass and is fouled from behind. Hernandez takes the responsibility, but is denied by Himmelmann, who also makes an excellent save on the rebound.
25th minute: From a Kijewski free-kick, the ball falls to Hochscheidt, who is still limping following a foul but immediately unleashes a hopeful shot on goal. The ball looks bound for the top corner but the surprised Himmelmann reacts well to turn the effort away for a corner.
Half-time summary: The sides go in at the break locked at 0-0 – a result which can only be considered very flattering for the visitors. The Löwen have basically done everything right, aside from sinking the ball in the net. The best chance fell to Onel Hernandez from the penalty-spot, but the Hamburg club’s keeper Robin Himmelmann did well to make a double-save.
63rd minute: And another good opportunity for the Blau-Gelben. Becker’s throw-in is flicked on by Valsvik. The ball eludes friend and foe and roles away across the face of the goal.
76th minute: Goal for St. Pauli
Goal by Christopher Buchtmann to make it 0-1! Eintracht fail to take their chances going forward and are duly punished. Kijewski mistimes his attempted tackle on Buchtmann, who breaks past Valsvik at a sprint from the half-way line and deftly lifts the ball to the left of Fejzic, leaving the keeper without a chance.
80th minute: Goal for St. Pauli
Goal by Enver Cenk Sahin. Almost an exact replica of the first goal, to make it 0-2! A loss of possession in midfield sees Sahin burst forward, shuffle past Nkansah and slam the ball home.
Summer-up: Eintracht suffer a 0-2 defeat to FC St. Pauli! Following a first-half, in which only a goal eluded the Löwen, the guests from Hamburg managed to find a foothold in the second period and made clinical use of the two major chances they had. Eintracht had nothing more to offer and duly remained without a goal of their own at home for the first time this season.
The game at a glance:
Fejzic – Kijewski, Baffo (78‘ Tietz), Valsvik, Reichel (23‘ Nkansah), Hochscheidt (38‘ Becker), Samson, Moll, Hernandez, Abdullahi, Kumbela
Himmelmann – Zander, Sobiech, Avevor, Buballa, Nehrig, Neudecker (66‘ Buchtmann), Sobota, Sahin, Dudziak (46‘ Flum), Allagui (76‘ Bouhaddouz)
0-1 Buchtmann (76‘)
0-2 Sahin (80‘)
Photos: Agentur Hübner