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2nd League: Match winner Kabadayi – Schalke surprises St. Pauli

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2nd League: Match winner Kabadayi – Schalke surprises St. Pauli

As of: March 1, 2024 9:09 p.m

FC Schalke 04 achieved a real coup in the relegation battle of the 2nd Bundesliga with a 3-1 (1-0) win against league leaders FC St. Pauli. The match winner was Yusuf Kabadayi, who scored two goals.

Before the game, Schalke’s coach Karel Geraets surprised on Friday (March 1st, 2024) with an unusual lineup: The Belgian made a total of five changes compared to the dismal 0-3 loss against Magdeburg the previous week. Among other things, winter signing Brandon Soppy started for the “Royal Blues” for the first time and midfielder Ron Schallenberg started in central defense. St. Pauli started with the same team that had won spectacularly against Kiel on the previous match day.

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St. Pauli with pressure and bad luck with injuries

The Hamburgers also put the first exclamation mark of the game on Schalke. In the 10th minute, Oladapo Afolayan moved along the Schalke 16 line from the left to the middle and could not be stopped by three Schalke players. At the right moment he passed it to Connor Metcalfe, whose shot Schalke goalkeeper Marius Müller was only able to parry with difficulty.

However, FC St. Pauli suffered a bitter setback immediately after this scene. Defense chief Eric Smith had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Adam Dzwigala (12th).

Schalke’s courage is rewarded

This change also helped Schalke to work their way into the game better. A shot from Thomas Ouwejan was decisively blocked for a corner by St. Pauli’s Manolis Saliakas and therefore did not pose a real threat to Hamburg’s goal (27th). Schalke pressed, defended courageously and riskily and repeatedly came up with good approaches for attacking actions. St. Pauli had more and more problems creating their usual combination game and hardly managed to get any shots.

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Schalke were completely different: a high lateral shift to Ouwejan put the St.Pauli defense on the left side in trouble. The Dutchman played the ball sharply from the baseline into the middle. Simon Terodde let it run through his legs and Kabadayi pushed the ball over the line from close range. Schalke led 1-0 after 44 minutes.

Schalke toxic, St. Pauli harmless

St. Pauli also had difficulties with Schalke’s man-to-man defense in the second half. The team from the Ruhr area continued to dominate the action with their unusual pressing approach. But chances to score were scarce on both sides.

It took until the 73rd minute for Schalke to get dangerously close to Hamburg’s goal again – and again the focus was on goalscorer Kabadayi: Substitute Keke Topp extended a long ball from the Schalke backline into the path of Terodde on the halfway line. The striker was initially denied by St. Pauli’s goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj, but Kabadayi was right on the right and used the rebound – 2-0 for Schalke, a brace for the youngster.

They “didn’t play the way we planned” and “didn’t accept the battle of attrition,” said St. Pauli’s coach Fabian Hürzeler after the game and added: “You won’t get far on Schalke just by playing good football.”

Uwe Dietz, Sportschau, March 1st, 2024 9:16 p.m

Saad brings St. Pauli back into the game

The Hürzeler team tried to develop more danger in the final phase, but Schalke defended courageously, cheered on by around 62,000 fans in the sold-out arena in Gelsenkirchen.

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And then St. Pauli did score: In the 89th minute, substitute Elias Saad shot freely from the left in Schalke’s penalty area. Schalke’s goalkeeper Müller couldn’t stop the deflected ball. St. Pauli was back in the game and a shaky game was looming for seven minutes of stoppage time. But Schalke responded promptly.

Schalke’s redemption through Karaman

Another long ball from Schalke’s danger zone was extended this time by Terodde to Topp. Topp played a deliberate pass in the penalty area to Kenan Karaman, who was running along with him, and he shot the ball coldly into the far corner (90′). Schalke led again with a two-goal lead and never gave up the game. “I think we knew what the hour was,” said Schalke keeper Marius Müller: “We just tried it: all or nothing.”

Uwe Dietz, Sportschau, March 1st, 2024 9:53 p.m

FC St. Pauli suffered its second defeat of the season and lost its lead over second-placed Kiel. Schalke collected big points in the relegation battle before the duel next Saturday (March 9, 2024, 1 p.m.). St. Pauli welcomes Hertha BSC to the Millerntor one day later (1:30 p.m.).

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