With the fourth win in a row, the Braun-Whites also passed the Hessians in the table and are now eleventh. In a game that actually didn’t deserve a loser, the Kiezkicker proved to be efficient in front of the opposing goal and vulnerable on the defensive – everything as always at Millerntor. Against Darmstadt, the difference was again made by Guido Burgstaller’s goals.
“It was an exchange of blows in which we had the happier end for each other”, said the Austrian to the NDR. “Unlike the last time, the win today was happy. We should have continued after the 2-0 win. We have to learn from that.”
Memory of the victims of Hanau
Before the kick-off, both clubs made a strong statement against racism. One year after the terrorist attack in Hanau, the players held a banner with the names and faces of Gökhan Gültekin, Sedat Gürbüz, Said Nesar Hashemi, Mercedes Kierpacz, Hamza Kurtović, Vili Viorel Păun, Fatih Saraçoğlu, Ferhat Unvar and Kaloyan Velkov during a minute’s silence hands. In addition, a poster with the inscription “Racism kills – Never forget – Hanau 02/19/2020” was shown on the main stand. “FC St. Pauli and SV Darmstadt 98 condemn racism of any kind. In a society and at a time when we shouldn’t really have to talk about it anymore, racism is one of our biggest problems,” tweeted the Hamburgers before kick-off.
Darmstadt makes the game, Burgstaller the goal
On a sunny afternoon, the two teams met at eye level on the pitch and played a spectacular game. St. Pauli had the first chance through Burgstaller (2nd), Darmstadt then more of the game. The “lilies” were well prepared for the Hamburg offensive and became more courageous as the season progressed. But in the 26th minute, the hosts led theirs The box-office hit of the past few weeks is back: Goal by Burgstaller. Sebastian Ohlsson’s cross fended off visiting goalkeeper Marcel Schschuhe at the feet of the Austrian, who completed it from close range.
The 31-year-old has now scored seven games in a row.
VAR turns on twice
The referee asked for technical support 20 minutes beforehand when the Hessians claimed a handball by Leart Paqarada in the penalty area. Nothing came of the hoped-for penalty, instead Darmstadt’s Tobias Kempe was offside.
“Lilies” push, St. Pauli hits again
In the 47th minute, he proved that the guests’ midfielder has other qualities. Kempe circled a free kick from 20 meters against the crossbar, ringing in a turbulent second half. St. Pauli initially wobbled, withdrew despite its known fragile defense and often just ran after the guests. But as in the first round, the Kiezkicker made the goal.
The Egyptian left Lars Lukas Mai with a hook and hit the outside foot into the far corner to make it 2-0.
Double strike of the guests and usury
The decision? No way, now the game was really picking up speed. Within two minutes, the guests scored a one-two and it was 2-2. Tim Skarke (64th) and Serdar Dursun (66th) shot Darmstadt to equalize. Goal area scenes followed every minute. First Marmoush and Kyereh missed the renewed Hamburg lead (68th), then Dejan Stojanovic parried sensationally against Mathias Honsak (70th), who ran up to the Austrian alone and failed on his leg.
Burgstaller decides the game
In the end, it was Stojanovic’s compatriot who decided an even game in favor of Hamburg. James Lawrence played a long ball into the top from his own half, which Burgstaller took and shot heavily into the mesh (82nd).
The guests threw everything forward again and hit the crossbar twice – but not into the goal until the final whistle. So it was after a nerve-wracking and intense game with the happy 3-2 victory of the St. Paulians.
Matchday 22, February 20, 2021 1:00 p.m.