BOUHADDOUZ GOAL SEES OFF TIANJIN
Thursday, 11. January 2018, 19:09 Uhr
One day before the end of their winter training camp the Boys in Brown defeated Tianjin Quanjian 1-0 in the second warm-up game in Spain. Striker Aziz Bouhaddouz got the only goal for Markus Kauczinski's side, who gave little away away at the back to claim a deserved victory.
In bright but windy conditions the Boys in Brown got off to the better start against the side that finished third in the Chinese Super League last season, for whom former Cologne striker Anthony Modeste began on the bench. Markus Kauczinski's team carved out two chances in the opening quarter of an hour, Aziz Bouhaddouz narrowly missing the target in the 11th minute and Sami Allagui firing wide on 15. It remained one-way traffic and five minutes later captain Bernd Nehrig, who had missed the first friendly against Wolfsburg due to a calf problem, pulled the trigger from 20 metres, only for Tianjin keeper Zhang Lu to make a comfortable save.
Svend Brodersen was first called into action on 27 when he defused an effort that was too centrally placed, and four minutes later his side took a deserved lead after a fine move down the left-hand side. Cenk Sahin and Jeremy Dudziak combined to set up Bouhaddouz, who had no trouble slotting home from close range. Kauczinski's charges almost doubled their advantage soon after when Waldemar Sobota headed a whisker over the crossbar, but it remained 1-0 at the break.
Kauczinski sent out two fresh players for the start of the second half in Richard Neudecker and Ersin Zehir for Jeremy Dudziak and Sami Allagui, while Tianjin coach Paulo Sousa made a raft of changes, introducing Anthony Modeste and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, among others. The first chance fell to the Boys in Brown two minutes in, however. Zehir dribbled his way through midfield before slipping the ball to Bouhaddouz, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area fizzed wide of the left-hand upright.
The Chinese outfit enjoyed more of the play after that but for all their huffing and puffing they were unable to create a single chance in the ensuing ten-minute spell of pressure. Kauczinski then made three more changes, throwing on Maurice Litka for Sahin on 57 and Kyoungrok Choi and Jan-Marc Schneider for goalscorer Bouhaddouz and Sobota six minutes later. Two free-kicks followed. Neudecker went first, curling a shot over the wall towards the bottom right corner, and 60 seconds Litka followed suit, but substitute custodian Sun Qibin got down quickly on both occasions to keep it at 1-0.
Neudecker then sent Choi on his way, but his shot from the edge of the box was blocked. Two more FCSP changes followed, Jan-Philipp Kalla and Joel Keller coming on for Daniel Buballa and Luca Zander, but then, 11 minutes from time, Tianjin almost grabbed an equaliser out of the blue after the Boys in Brown lost possession in midfield. The ball found its way to Modeste and unleashed a shot from around 12 metres, but Brodersen produced a fine reaction to turn the ball past the right-hand upright.
Nehrig then made way for Brian Koglin and then, on the stroke of full-time, Clemens Schoppenhauer slid in to steal the ball off Witsel to prevent the equaliser and seal a deserved 1-0 win for Kauczinski's side.
FC St. Pauli
Brodersen - Zander (Kalla 70' ), Schoppenhauer, Park, Buballa (Keller 70' ) - Nehrig (Koglin 82'), Dudziak (Zehir 46') - Sahin (Litka' 57), Allagui (Neudecker 46'), Sobota (Choi 63') - Bouhaddouz (Schneider 63')
Head coach: Markus Kauczinski
Zhang Lu (Sun Qibin 46') - Wang Jie (Zheng Dalun 46'), Yang Xu (Wang Xiaolong 46'), Pei Shuai (Yang Shanping 46'), Pan Ximing (Zhang Cheng 46'), Alexandre Pato (Witsel 46'), Chu Jinzhao (Mi Haolun 46'), Su Yuanjie (Zhao Xuri 46'), Kwon Kyungwon (Huang Long 46'), Qian Yumiao (Sun Ke 46'), Wang Yongpo (Modeste 46')
Head coach: Paulo Sousa
Goals: 1-0 Bouhaddouz (31')