We kick the Hinrunde (second half of the league season) off with a Thursday evening trip to St. Pauli. Although they still sit 16th, the Boys in Brown are unbeaten in four games, so this will be a tough match-up for sure. Kicking off at 20:30 CET, this is our LOOK AHEAD at that game:
Timo Schultz has been in charge of St. Pauli since last summer, but he’s anything but a newcomer in Hamburg. Schultz came through the Werder Bremen academy, before stints at VfB Lubeck and Holstein Kiel. He finished his career with a six year stint at St. Pauli. He’s been in the backroom at St. Pauli ever since. He started off as an assistant coach, before taking charge of the U17 and U19 sides. His appointment as manager was a natural progression from there after 15 years with the Hamburg team. He took over from Jos Luhukay and although they’ve been in the relegation spots pretty much ever since, they’re finally on a good run and moving forward.
When things don’t go as planned, teams normally make changes and St. Pauli has been no different this season. Initially, Svend Broderson had taken over from long term keeper Robin Himmelmann between the posts. However, Austrian Dejan Stojanovic came in from Middlesbrough this winter transfer window and he’s immediately taken over the No1 spot. FCSP are unbeaten in all three games he’s started. Over the last few weeks, St. Pauli have also brought in Omar Marmoush (already scored twice), Adam Dzwigala (already played five games) and experienced defender Tore Reginiussen. Former Schalke man Guido Burgstaller is also looking like a man reborn after his injury, with two important goals already.
It’s been exactly half a season since we last played St. Pauli. I still don’t want to talk about it. Zulj and Zoller gave us a deserved lead, Kyereh scored twice in two minutes to get St. Pauli a point back. In the grand scheme of things, this wasn’t surprising, as our only victory against FCSP in the last 13 games came in the second half of last season. Since then, St. Pauli have only picked up another 15 points, with eight of those coming in the last four games. Marmoush and Burgstaller seem to be developing a strong partnership up front in a 4-1-2-1-2 wide system.
A perfect start to the second half of the season for VfL Bochum 1848! In their away match at FC St. Pauli the Boys in Blue came back twice to take the win thanks to a brace from Simon Zoller and a deflected effort by Robert Zulj. After an evenly matched first half, VfL Bochum dominated the second half to record a thoroughly deserved 3-2 win.
After the 1-1 draw at Sandhausen, Bochum head coach Thomas Reis made one change to his starting eleven with Gerrit Holtmann returning in place of Miloš Pantović.
The match started with attacking line-ups on both sides with the first opportunity coming after just over a minute when Marmoush, on loan from first-tier Wolfsburg, squeezed past Bella Kotchap only to find his effort blocked by the omnipresent Gamboa.
After only four minutes, the shocking start for the visitors was complete with Paqarada galloping down our left and hitting a low ball towards the five-yard box for Burgstaller to whack it towards goal. Bochum seemed bound for a lucky escape when the ball hit the underside of the bar but then bounced back to hit Burgstaller’s knee to find its way into the net.
VfL were eager to retaliate and it took them just another four minutes to create their first big chance. Soares put Holtmann down the left flank and our winger did well to reach the ball and attempt a cross which was almost deflected for a goal but only rebounded off the crossbar for a corner.
After ten minutes Gamboa was shown a yellow card for an everyday foul on Marmoush – his seventh of the season. Three minutes later, a corner-kick by Žulj was helped on to Leitsch whose volley only hit the outside of the St Pauli net. Bochum were definitely cranking up the pressure now, and on 19 minutes Bockhorn’s glancing header found Zoller who shot narrowly wide of the right post.
After 28 minutes, VfL finally found the net after an excellent through-ball by Žulj found Zoller who beat St Pauli goalkeeper Stojanovic to the ball and was able to slot home for the equaliser. Only three minutes later, Tesche came close to giving the visitors the lead with a header after a corner but saw his effort cleared off the line by Becker. Bochum were clearly in the driving seat now but it was St Pauli who took the lead after 33 minutes when Kyereh let fly from 25 yards and beat a surprised Manuel Riemann with his looping shot.
With St Pauli looking to take this fortunate lead into the break, it was Holtman once again with a diagonal cross from the left wing which beat the goalie and two defenders only for Zoller to get to it at the far post and head home for another equaliser.
For the second half, VfL head coach Reis sent Pantović on for Bockhorn and his team were on the front foot from the starting whistle with Holtmann winning a corner just one minute after the interval. Žulj took it and found Bella Kotchap whose header missed the goal.
After 57 minutes Burgstaller fouled Tesche in a promising position for Žulj to curl the ball over the wall but also wide of the post. But six minutes later, it was that man Žulj again - and this time he had reason to celebrate! Zoller teed the ball up for our number 32 whose low shot took a deflection by Buballa and it was 3-2 to VfL Bochum!
VfL Bochum were in control of the match now with their aggressive pressing and some great link-up play but they just couldn’t take their chances. On 76 minutes, Pantović hit an excellent volley from 20 yards which would have given the goalie a tough test but was inadvertently blocked by Holtmann and after 79 minutes, Žulj’s long-range effort went narrowly wide.
VfL Bochum were happy to run down the clock now, introducing Ganvoula for man-of-the-match Zoller, Mašović for Žulj and Eisfeld for Holtmann. St Pauli hit some long and hopeful balls but the match ended in a well-deserved 3-2 away win for VfL Bochum 1848, who now have less than 72 hours to recover before facing in-form Karlsruher SC at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Sunday at 1:30 pm.