FC St. Pauli 0-2 SC Paderborn 07
(Führich 7′, Schonlau 69′)
It was a tale of two attacks at the Millerntor on Monday night. One was on the top of their game, the other was anything but.
The first goal, which came seven minutes in and set the tone for much of the night. Julian Justvan found Chris Führich with a superb ball, with the 23-year-old doing enough to scramble a shot on target before an unlucky deflection of James Lawrence made sure of the goal.
Führich, normally a winger, was playing up front alongside Sven Michel as Steffen Baumgart matched up with St. Pauli’s diamond formation. Dennis Srbney dropped behind them, and with the attacking full-backs and the half-centres Justvan and Christopher Antwi-Adjei bombing forward, they overwhelmed an off-colour St. Pauli defence frequently, especially in the first half.
Antwi-Adjei and Srbney had the best chances to extend the lead, whilst Michel appeared to be caught by Tore Reginiussen in the box, initially resulting in a penalty that was then overturned by VAR due to an earlier offside.
St. Pauli’s front three, by contrast, never not going. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh was sloppy and Omar Marmoush lacked influence, although he improved in the second half, with a shot from distance having to be put over the bar by Paderborn goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle. The same was true of Guido Burgstaller, who at least worked hard to fashion himself a few half chances.
The hosts improved in the second half but Paderborn would strike again to make the game safe, although it wasn’t one of their front three who got the second, Sebastian Schonlau’s header should have been saved by Dejan Stojanović but the keeper spilled it.
Any more would have been harsh on St. Pauli yet it was only the determination of Prince Osei Owusu to not open his Paderborn account at the end that prevented it from being 3-0 – a comical slip when he should have rounded Stojanović being quite something.