2nd League: Eight goals in Düsseldorf - St. Pauli remains undefeated

After another defeat, FC Schalke 04 is still stuck in the relegation battle of the 2nd Bundesliga.

2nd League: Eight goals in Düsseldorf - St. Pauli remains undefeated

After another defeat, FC Schalke 04 is still stuck in the relegation battle of the 2nd Bundesliga. The Revierclub lost 3:5 (0:3) on Saturday evening in the Westschlager at Fortuna Düsseldorf and suffered its fourth defeat in the sixth game under new coach Karel Geraerts.

This means Schalke remains in 16th place, while Fortuna improved to third place in the table, at least for one night. In front of 52,000 spectators in the sold-out Düsseldorf Arena, Vincent Vermeij (13th/26th minute), Felix Klaus (19th), Christos Tzolis (65th) and Jona Niemiec (90th 4) scored the goals for the hosts and Schalke scored Marcin Kaminski (57th), Tomas Kalas (74th) and Bryan Lasme (75th).

Pauli consolidates first place

FC St. Pauli has warmed up for the Hamburg city derby and remains the measure of all things in the 2nd league. On Saturday, coach Fabian Hürzeler's team, which was still undefeated this season, saved 3:2 (3:1) at Hansa Rostock. The leaders initially did not let themselves be deterred by the 0-1 deficit after Junior Brumado converted a hand penalty (9th minute). Within eight minutes, St. Pauli turned the game around before the break. With another penalty converted by Brumado (80th), Rostock came close again and put the leaders under pressure, but were unable to equalize.

Manolis Saliakas (15th), Marcel Hartel (18th) and Oladapo Afolayan (23rd) scored the goals for Hamburg, who are now looking forward to Friday's derby against city rivals Hamburger SV. After 14 match days, St. Pauli is three points ahead of HSV with 30 points.

Newcomers continue to be strong

Newcomer SV Elversberg continues to cause a stir and is involved in the promotion race after the 4:1 (1:1) win against SC Paderborn. Coach Horst Steffen's team really turned up the heat after Luca Schnellbacher made it 2-1 shortly after the break (50') and went on a counter-attack frenzy. Paul Stock (57th) and Maurice Neubauer (60th) made consistent use of the space that was now available. During the first break, Schnellbacher equalized the visitors' lead by Sebastians Klaas (22') with his first goal of the day (41'). Elversberg is three points behind HSV.

At the bottom of the table, coach Tobias Schweinsteiger's leave of absence from bottom club VfL Osnabrück did not prove to be the relief he had hoped for. Lower Saxony also lost under interim coach Martin Heck - this time 0-2 (0-0) against 1. FC Magdeburg. Baris Atik (52nd) and Luca Schuler (71st) scored for the guests. With only seven points so far, Osnabrück is increasingly losing sight of the non-relegation zone.

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