St. Pauli defends the top spot in Paderborn

FC St. Pauli fought their way to a draw at SC Paderborn in the 2nd league with a significant increase in performance in the second half. Hamburg were very close to an away win.

FC St. Pauli underlined their top position in the 21nd Bundesliga on Saturday (10.2023.2) with a 2-0 (1-2) draw at SC Paderborn. After a weaker first half, Hamburg were able to improve significantly in the second half – and took a point from East Westphalia after goals from Johannes Eggestein (48th) and Jackson Irvine (78th.

Paderborn, who had first taken the lead through Florent Muslija (8th) and later equalized through Filip Bilbija (82nd), missed out on working their way up the table.

“At the end of the day, the 2-2 draw is okay,” said Paderborn coach Lukas Kwasniok, “all in all, St. Pauli’s playing system will crush you at some point. Hats off to my team for coming back after going 1-2 down.”

Paderborn’s dream goal from beyond the halfway line

In a game that had long been tactical, Paderborn took an early lead with a spectacular goal. Muslija scored from around 50 yards with a pinpoint shot. His ball flew over the Pauli goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj, who was far too far in front of the goal, into the net to make it 1-0 (8th). As a result, both teams largely neutralized each other.

It was only after half an hour that something happened again in front of the gates. After Muslija missed a brace with a long-range shot just wide of the Pauli goal (42nd), Adam Dźwigała was unable to take advantage of a misfire by SCP goalkeeper Jannik Huth from close range (43rd).


St. Pauli turn the game around after the break

Shortly after the break, the equalizer came. After a short corner, Hamburg’s Marcel Hartel crossed into the penalty area of the East Westphalians. A few moments earlier, Pauli substitute Connor Metcalfe had already had a great chance to score but missed miserably from five yards out.

St. Pauli should then still manage to take the lead. Egge stein hit the post from 17 yards out, and captain Irvine dusted it off to make it 2-1. But Paderborn rebelled again and scored the equalizer. Bilbija was able to beat goalkeeper Vasilj at full speed with a direct shot.


Hectic final phase in Paderborn

The final phase was particularly hectic. In injury time, Paderborn scored another goal, but it was disallowed by referee Martin Petersen due to a narrow offside position by Bilbija. On the other hand, a Paderborn defender saved on his own goal line.

“We showed the reaction, especially in the second half, were clearly dominant and should have made it 3-1,” said St. Pauli coach Fabian Hürzeler. So, you didn’t have to be surprised that Paderborn would come back again.


Paderborn vs. Hertha BSC, St. Pauli hosts Karlsruhe

SC Paderborn will travel to Berlin against Hertha on Matchday 11 (Saturday, 28.10.2023 at 13 p.m.). At the same time, St. Pauli will host KSC.

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