Fortuna at the top of the table: St. Pauli breaks the goal ban, but stumbles again

Fortuna at the top of the table
St. Pauli breaks the goal ban, but stumbles again

A dream goal helps Fortuna Düsseldorf lead the table in the 2nd Bundesliga. St. Pauli also shoots again after three goalless draws in a row, but victory is not in the cards for Hamburg again.

Fortuna Dusseldorf – Karlsruher SC 3: 1 (1: 1)

Fortuna Düsseldorf has conquered the top of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga with an impressive victory in the chasing duel. At the start of the 5th matchday, coach Daniel Thioune’s team won 3-1 (1-1) against Karlsruher SC and climbed to first place at least until Saturday.

Although Fabian Schleusener (3rd) gave the guests the lead early on, Fortuna responded with Yannik Engelhardt (14th) and a dream goal from Christos Tzolis (55th), plus an own goal by Marvin Wanitzek (57th). After their third win of the season, Düsseldorf is now ahead of Hamburger SV, who have the same number of points (10 each). The North Germans play on Sunday (1.30 p.m./Sky and in the live ticker) against the now third-placed Hansa Rostock (9). On Saturday, however, some competitors can already pass Fortuna.

The game had just started when Schleusener scored with a sweeper, an alleged offside position was rejected by VAR. Düsseldorf nevertheless immediately took control of the game, with numerous opportunities to equalize before the break, Engelhardt took advantage of a mistake by the KSC defense.

Fortuna remained clearly superior even after the break, Karlsruhe were lucky when Emmanuel Iyoha hit the crossbar (54th). Goalkeeper Patrick Drewes was powerless against Tzolis’: The newcomer pulled in from the left and hit the corner. Just moments later, Wanitzek deflected a cross into his own goal.

Eintracht Braunschweig — FC St. Pauli 1: 1 (0: 0)

FC St. Pauli ended their goalless streak but missed their second win of the season. After the last three 0-0 in a row, coach Fabian Hürzeler’s team drew 1-1 (0-0) at Eintracht Braunschweig and avoided an inglorious record. There have never been four 0-0s in a row in the second division.

Elias Saad (59th) scored for St. Pauli and brought the dry spell to an end. Previously, Hamburg had only scored goals in the opening game (2-1 at 1. FC Kaiserslautern). Thorir Johann Helgason (80th) equalized.

For a long time, the guests didn’t have enough solutions against the low-lying Braunschweiger – until Jackson served Irvine Saad. The 23-year-old scored the first goal from the turn after seven goalless halves. Marcel Hartel (78th) almost increased after a defensive mistake by Braunschweig, but he missed. Just a minute later, Saad (79th) failed to Eintracht goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann. These negligence took revenge: The newly signed Helgason scored the 1-1 out of nowhere.

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