Thursday’s Bundesliga 2 fixture provided a chance for FC St. Pauli to get out of the bottom of the table, and an opportunity for TSV 1860 München to hang onto the upper half of the standing, when the two clubs locked horns at the Millentor-Stadion in Hamburg.
And what a game it was! The first half wasn’t that much of a thrill since it didn’t offer much more than a lone St. Pauli goal through Christopher Buchtmann, and two chances to equalize for the away side. But the second half had it all: goals, chances, cards, duels, a penalty, intensity and a lot of emotions.
It all began when Michael Liendl equalized deservedly for the guests with 20 minutes left on the clock, and continued as Bernd Nehrig gave the home side the lead anew with a header inside the penalty box six minutes later. The home supporters could taste the sweetness of victory, but it wouldn’t last long. A minute after the third goal of the day, and a minute after coming onto the field, Victor Andrade equalized with a beautiful goal for 1860 München.
No more goals were scored after those crazy ten minutes, and St. Pauli therefore has to make do with a 14th position in the standing, while 1860 lost some ground, and now find themselves in ninth place after the 2-2 draw.
St. Pauli: Robin Himmelmann – Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, Lasse Sobiech, Philipp Ziereis, Daniel Buballa – Bernd Nehrig (Christopher Avevor), Christopher Butchmann – Ryo Miyaichi (Jan-Philipp Kalla), Kyoung Rok Choi (Cenk Sahin), Waldemar Sobota – Aziz Bouhaddouz
1860 München: Jan Zimmermann – Maximilian Wittek, Jan Mauersberger, Milos Degenek (Kai Bülow), Fanol Perdedaj (Victor Andrade) – Levent Aycicek (Stefan Mugosa), Michael Liendl, Daniel Adlung, Karim Matmour – Ivica Olic, Sascha Mölders.
Goals: 1-0 Christopher Butchmann (16th minute), 1-1 Michael Liendl (70th minute), 2-1 Bernd Nehrig (76th), 2-2 Victor Andrade (77th)
Augenblick: The 2-2 goal was in many ways very iconic for Thursday’s encounter. The game was close, both in terms of chances created and possession, so a draw was the fairest result. The goal was a huge blow for St. Pauli though, but they had nobody but themselves to blame since they couldn’t dominate in front of their own fans.
Stat of the day: The game was level in almost every way statically. Both teams shot ten times, and St. Pauli shot four times on goal, compared to 1860’s three. Furthermore, 1860 had slightly more possession at 55 percent, compared to St. Pauli’s 45.
But the most important stat to take from today’s game was the one that was created by Victor Andrade. The 20-year-old attacker, on loan in Munich from Benfica, came onto the field at the 76 minute mark, and immediately had to see St. Pauli score a goal. Andrade wanted to return back home to Munich with a point, however, and scored more or less on his own before the clock had even reached 78 minutes. 1860 head coach Kosta Runjaic will sleep well tonight, knowing that it was his third and final substitution that made his side capitalize on their fine performance, and enabled them to get another point to their name.
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