Snow flurries were in the air in Hamburg, as St. Pauli hosted fellow 2010-2011 promoted club FC Kaiserslautern Friday evening. Despite the cold, though, St. Pauli fans at the Millentor Stadion went home happy, as their Buccaneers took all three points in their 1-0 win over Kaiserslautern. St. Pauli’s victory leaves both teams with 17 points from identical five win, two draw campaigns so far in Germany’s top-tier and ends Kaiserslautern’s three game unbeaten streak. St. Pauli gains its first victory since October 16 at home against Nurnberg.
The only goal of the match came early in the second half. Appropriately for the lowest scoring club in the Bundesliga, St. Pauli’s only score came off an own goal headed ball by Kaiserslautern’s Christian Tiffert. A former Stuttgart and Duisburg attacker, Tiffert leads the Bundesliga with nine assists, and his backwards header was all the assistance St. Pauli needed. Coach Holger Stanislawski’s St. Pauli squad did well defensively to shut out a Kaiserslautern side that had scored eleven goals in their last three matches. St. Pauli outshot Kaiserslautern 16-12, with six of the shots on goal compared to only four for Marco Kurz’ Rhineland club, despite Kaiserslautern maintaining 61% of possession. Thomas Kessler kept the clean sheet for St. Pauli.
I cannot comment much on the game, because I was unable to find an online stream that wasn’t beleaguered by constant buffering, and thus got no feel for the ebb and flow of the match. Yellow cards were given to St. Pauli’s Fabian Morena and Kaiserslautern’s Martin Amedick, Matthias Abel and Srjdan Lakic, who’s late attempt to equalize sailed just over St. Pauli’s crossbar in the dying minutes of the match.
St. Pauli will hope to build on their win today in their last two matches before the winter break. The Buccaneers face two tough foes when they meet Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on MatchDay 16 before closing the first half of the season against current Bundesliga runnerups Mainz at the Millentor Stadion. Kaiserslautern will host VfL Wolfsburg next weekend at Fritz-Walter-Stadion before playing at Werder Bremen on MatchDay 17. The Rhineland side also have a DFB Pokal Cup date with TUS Koblenz on Tuesday, December 21.
St. Pauli Starting Lineup: Kessler, Gunesch, Morena, Volz, Rothenbach, Lehmann, Boll, Ebbers, Asamoah, Bartels, Kruse Subs Used: Hennings 64′ (for Asamoah). Bruns 75′ (for Bartels), Schultz 89′ (for Kruse)
Kaiserslautern Starting Lineup: Sippel, Abel, Amedick, Bugera, Dick, Moravec, Tiffert, Kirch, Rivic, Ilicevic, Lakic Subs Used: Hoffer 64′ (for Rivic), Micanski 87′ (for Ilicevic), Nemec 88′ (for Tiffert)
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