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BOYS IN BROWN PEGGED BACK AFTER STRONG FIRST-HALF DERBY SHOWING

FC St. Pauli had to settle for a 2-2 draw in the derby against Hamburger SV in front of a sell-out crowd at the Millerntor on Friday evening. The Boys in Brown raced into a two-goal lead through Jackson Irvine and an own goal by HSV keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes, only for the visitors to draw level with two goals in three minutes through Robert Glatzel and Immanuël Pherai.

Head coach Fabian Hürzeler made one change to the side that won 3-2 at Hansa Rostock, Connor Metcalfe beginning instead of Oladapo Afolayan, who dropped to the bench. HSV boss Tom Walter, in contrast, made three adjustments after the 2-1 home win over Eintracht Braunschweig: Ignace Van der Brempt, Łukasz Poręba and Ransford Königsdörffer came in for William Mikelbrencis, Jean-Luc Dompé and the suspended Bakery Jatta.

With the temperature below the freezing point, the Boys in Brown hit the ground running, moving the ball around nicely in the snow and creating the first chance of the game in the third minute. Marcel Hartel delivered a low corner in from the right but Eric Smith's effort from 14 metres cleared the bar by some distance. It was a lot closer 11 minutes later when Daniel Heuer Fernandes was unable to hang on to a Smith cross. The ball trundled through the goal area, and with Johannes Eggestein and Marcel Hartel rushing in, Guilherme Ramos had to nip in quickly to clear the danger.

Within 60 seconds Hartel was delivering another corner into the box from the right. This time Jackson Irvine met it first time and the ball flew into the bottom right-hand corner to open the scoring. One-nil! Almost immediately, Hartel had a shot from outside the box punched clear by Heuer Fernandes, and then the Millerntor erupted again when Johannes Eggestein threaded a shot past the HSV keeper from an acute angle, only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside against Elias Saad in the build-up.

The Boys in Brown continued to knock the ball around with aplomb, reducing HSV to a largely passive role. But then, when the visitors did look to become pre-active from a goal-kick, it all went badly wrong from their point of view. Heuer Fernandes tapped the ball to Ambrosius, who in turn gave it to Ramos. His backpass was headed for the far post until the HSV keeper smashed it into his own net in attempting to clear. Possibly the weirdest own goal ever seen at the Millerntor. That didn't bother the Boys in Brown one bit, as they wheeled away in celebration. The Hürzeler XI continued to push forward and created one or two decent opportunities in the ensuing period, but they were unable to add to their tally before the interval.

 

Marcel Hartel, Elias Saad and Johannes Eggestein celebrate the second goal.

Marcel Hartel, Elias Saad and Johannes Eggestein celebrate the second goal.

The Boys in Brown emerged unchanged for the second half, while the visitors introduced winger Jean-Luc Dompé for defensive midfielder Łukasz Poręba. An additional change involved the ball. With the snowfall increasing, play resumed with an orange ball instead of a white one. Five minutes in, Saad struck a shot just wide of the right-hand upright from 20 metres after Irvine had won possession. Soon after it was the turn of leading scorer Robert Glatzel to take the stage, his shot on the turn flew well past the far post, however. Four minutes later, he made no such mistake, taking up the perfect position to get on the end of a low ball in from Ignace Van der Brempt to pull one back from close range.

It was to get worse. Three minutes later, the visitors levelled the scores when Dompé knocked the ball into the box from the right and Immanuël Pherai wasted no time in pinging a shot into the bottom right corner from 12 metres. Hürzeler responded midway through the half by making a double substitution, Lars Ritzka and Etienne Amenyido entering the fray for Manolis Saliakas and Elias Saad. Amenyido had a good chance almost immediately, but Heuer Fernandes got down low to his right to make the save. Soon after, Irvine spotted Hartel's run into the penalty area and dinked the ball forward, but the midfielder's diving header was too centrally placed to trouble Heuer Fernandes.

With both teams looking to get forward at every opportunity, the game ebbed and flowed. Neither team was content to settle for a draw and were urged on by both sets of fans. Ten minutes from the end, Hürzeler threw on Oladapo Afolayan for the tireless Johannes Eggestein in an attempt to force a win and followed up with the introduction of Maurides for Connor Metcalfe. He immediately flicked on a Hartel corner to Irvine, but the skipper was leaning back when he got the shot off and the ball cleared the crossbar by some distance. Ritzka had one more attempt in stoppage time, but he too aimed too high. That was the last action of note and the 110th local derby ended all square.

FC St. Pauli

Vasilj - Wahl, Smith, Mets - Saliakas (Ritzka 67'), Irvine, Hartel, Treu - Metcalfe (Maurides 86'), Eggestein (Afolayan 80'), Saad (Amenyido 67')

Head coach: Fabian Hürzeler

 

Hamburger SV

Heuer Fernandes - Van der Brempt (Mikelbrencis 75'), Ramos, Ambrosius, Muheim - Meffert, Poręba (Dompé 46'; Nemeth 90'+3), Bénes - Königsdörffer (Öztunali 80'), Glatzel, Pherai

Head coach: Tim Walter

 

Goals: 1-0 Irvine (15'), 2-0 Heuer Fernandes (o.g. 27'), 2-1 Glatzel (57'), 2-2 Pherai (60')

Yellow cards: Wahl – Ramos, Meffert, Mikelbrencis

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)

Attendance: 29,153 (sold out)

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