BOYS IN BROWN EASE TO NEXT FRIENDLY WIN
Saturday, 07. July 2018, 16:02 Uhr
A convincing performance saw FC St. Pauli to a comfortable 6-1 win at Weiche Flensburg on Saturday afternoon. Dominic Hartmann gave the home side an early lead, but the Boys in Brown turned the game around thanks to goals from Ersin Zehir, Christian Viet, Mats Møller Dæhli and Sami Allagui (3).
Head coach had said he wanted to use the warm-up matches to have a look at some his younger charges, with the result that Under-23 players Sirlord Conteh and Christian Viet both featured in the starting lineup in Flensburg. The game got off to a lively start and the Boys in Brown seized the initiative early on, but attempts from Johannes Flum and Viet were both blocked. At the other end the home side were more successful in the seventh minute, switching the play quickly on winning possession for Hartmann to score with a crisp finish.
The lead wasn’t to last long, however, as Conteh showed good vision in the box to set up Zehir, who slotted home the equaliser on 11. After 20 minutes it was 2-1 to St. Pauli when Viet played a smart one-two with Jan-Marc Schneider before firing past Weiche custodian Raphael Straub. Schneider turned provider again eight minutes later, forcing his way down the right in fine style before slipping the ball to Møller Dæhli, who rifled an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Kauczinski’s side continued to control the proceedings in the remaining quarter of an hour to half-time without adding to their tally, however.
As in previous warm-up matches, the St. Pauli boss fielded a completely different team in the second half. The new lineup needed a few minutes to find their rhythm but soon fashioned chances for Ryo Miyaichi on his return from a long injury layoff and Allagui. Neither opportunity was taken, but on 63 Allagui capped off a fine solo run with his side’s fourth goal of the afternoon.
Flensburg mustered just one effort of note in this phase of the game, a free-kick from 20 metres that was comfortably saved by Philipp Heerwagen. At the other end, the goals kept coming. Allagui added his second and St. Pauli’s fifth on 79 following a fine move involving Christopher Buchtmann and Miyaichi and then completed his hat-trick from the spot four minutes later after a foul on Christopher Avevor.
Head coach Markus Kauczinski: "It was a bit annoying to concede the goal but otherwise it was a very good game to watch. Both halves were good, though I thought the first was slightly better because we created a few more chances. We took a while to get going but I liked our gegenpressing and the way we moved as a unit."
Johannes Flum: "Our movement today was very good, and everyone wanted the ball, which made things difficult for our opponents. And because we moved the ball around well it was a very good game."
FC St. Pauli (1st half)
Himmelmann – Kalla, Ziereis, Carstens, Buballa – Flum, Zehir - Viet, Møller Dæhli, Conteh – Schneider
FC St. Pauli (2nd half)
Heerwagen – Zander, Koglin, Avevor, Park – Münzner, Lee, Miyaichi, Buchtmann, Sobota - Allagui
Head coach: Markus Kauczinski
Goals: 1-0 Hartmann (7’), 1-1 Zehir (11’), 1-2 Viet (20’), 1-3 Møller Dæhli (28’), 1-4, 1-5, 1-6 Allagui (63’, 79’, 83’)
Referee: Timo Winkel
Photo: Peter Boehmer