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As of: March 1, 2024 10:35 p.m

The leaders of the 2nd league, FC St. Pauli, suffered a deserved defeat at FC Schalke 04 on Friday evening. Hamburg lost 1:3 (0:1) on matchday 24 after a very weak performance.

by Martin Schneider

Substitute Elias Saad’s goal in the 89th minute came too late for Hamburg that evening. The brown-whites played too lethargically for far too long and delivered their weakest performance to date under coach Fabian Hürzeler. For the “Knappen” Yusuf Kabadayi was the match winner, he scored twice. Kenan Karaman made the final score in stoppage time.

“I don’t think we deserved anything here.”

St. Pauli coach Fabian Hürzeler

“We didn’t expect Schalke to press us man to man and that’s why the game was over,” said Coach Hürzeler after the game. “Schalke were simply more gallant, they played more intense football, more physical – the way you have to play in the second division. We missed all of that.”

This meant that Hamburg failed to extend its lead in the race for promotion to the Bundesliga over second place Holstein Kiel, who were also playing 2-2 at Hertha BSC.

Either way, the brown-whites remain top of the league after this matchday, but third-placed HSV can shorten the gap to their local rivals to four points with a win against VfL Osnabrück on Sunday (from 1:30 p.m. in the NDR Livecenter).

St. Pauli very weak, Schalke efficient

Connor Metcalfe missed the only scoring chance of the first half for the Kiezkicker in the tenth minute in a game that generally had few highlights. Both teams watched each other, the “Royal Blues” in particular appeared to be defensively stable after their recent wild performances.

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St. Pauli’s performance, on the other hand, seemed completely undercooled, the leaders only did the bare minimum for their own game in the first half. And that wasn’t much. The hosts were able to take advantage of the Kiezkickers’ passivity to take a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute: Bayern Munich loanee Kabadayi scored from close range to give the “Knappen” a not undeserved lead.

Defense chief Smith is out injured

And it wasn’t the only setback for St. Pauli in the first half: defense chief Eric Smith limped off the pitch injured in the twelfth minute and was replaced by Adam Dzwigala. The Swede grabbed his groin in pain without any opposition and could miss the coming games for the brown and white team given his injury history.

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Coach Hürzeler reacted and brought on striker Johannes Eggestein for midfielder Aljoscha Kemlein at halftime. However, those who still didn’t react were Hürzeler’s team. It took until the 58th minute before Metcalfe tested Schalke’s keeper Marius Müller once – not enough for a top team.

Brown and white people wake up too late

The “Royal Blues” also defended cleverly and consistently in the second half, ran many extra meters and gave the guests no room to develop. St. Pauli rebelled late and deservedly suffered their second defeat of the season.

This was sealed by Schalke’s Kabadayi’s second goal of the evening (73′) and Karaman’s goal (90’+2′). Saad’s connection to make it 1:2 (89th) came much too late.

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Matchday 24, March 1st, 2024 6:30 p.m

FC Schalke 04


FC St. Pauli



FC Schalke 04:
M. Müller – Soppy (70. Brunner), Kalas, Murkin, Ouwejan – Seguin, Schallenberg, Lasme (63. Top), Kabadayi (78. Churlinov) – Terodde, Karaman

FC St. Paul:
Vasilj – Wahl (85. Albers), Smith (12. Dzwigala), Mets – Saliakas, Kemlein (46. J. Eggestein), Irvine, Treu – Metcalfe (62. Saad), Hartel, Afolayan

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NDR 2 Sport | March 1, 2024 | 11:03 p.m

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