St. Pauli hit three goals past Dynamo Dresden - including a Guido Burgstaller penalty - to move top of the Bundesliga 2 table on Sunday after a comprehensive win.
Knowing that victory would take them to the league summit, the hosts wasted no time in getting what they wanted from Sunday's visit of Dresden. Christopher Buchtmann was making his first start for the club since January 2020 and it took him just over a minute to fire his team in front. An exchange of passes with Daniel-Kofi Kyereh set the 29-year-old up to hit a thunderous strike into the far top corner. Pauli dominated the rest of the first half, with Burgstaller going inches from doubling the lead with a strike across goal from left to right. Afeez Aremu went close twice with shots from range, but the score remained the same up to the end of the first-half.
Dresden improved in the second half with Agyeman Diawusie coming on during the break. Morris Schröder had their best effort of the game with a half-volley bouncing just wide across goal. Pauli looked solid at the back but were allowing Dresden more possession, and more chances to push on for an equaliser. Pauli sealed all three points after Marcel Hartel was brought down in the area and Burgstaller smashed home from the resulting spot-kick with less than 20 minutes to play. Marcel Beifus sealed the points in the third minute of stoppage time two minutes after coming on, as Pauli climbed to the top of the table for the first time this season.
- Burgstaller scored his 50th goal in Bundesliga 2.
- The Austrian, along with Kyerah, has had a direct hand in seven goals so far this season.
- Buchtmann scored on his first start in 615 days for Pauli. The midfielder has now scored three times against Dresden - his most goals against any single club in Bundesliga 2.
- Pauli are bidding to return to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2010/11, when they suffered an immediate return to the second tier.
- Dresden left-back Chris Löwe has played in Germany's top three divisions, as well as England's top two.
- This was Dynamo's first defeat in five meetings with Pauli, still never having won at the Millerntor-Stadion (D4, L4).
Pauli: Vasilj - Zander (Dzwigala 87'), Ziereis (c), Medic, Paqarada (Lawrence 87') - Irvine, Aremu, Hartel - Buchtmann (Benatelli 65') - Kyereh, Burgstaller (Beifus 90'+1)
Unused subs: Smarsch, Ritzka, Wieckhoff, Makienok
Out: Amenyido (Achilles' tendon), Avevor (ankle), Becker (groin), Knoll (calf), Ohlsson (hamstring), Smith (groin)
Coach: Timo Schultz
Dresden: Broll - Becker (Adonis 85'), Akoto, Sollbauer (c), Löwe (Will 81') - Kade (Diawusie 46'), Stark, Mörschel, Daferner - Königsdörffer (Seo 68'), Schröter (Giorbelidze 68')
Unused subs: Mitryushkin, Mai, Sohm, Hosiner
Out: Borrello (foot), Knipping (knee), Vlachodimos (knee), Weihrauch (ankle), Wiegers (knee)
Coach: Alexander Schmidt
Matchday 9 round-up
Werder Bremen 3-0 Heidenheim
Goals: 1-0 Friedl (50'), 2-0 Ducksch (52'), 3-0 Thomalla (o.g. 64')
Bremen bounced back from two straight defeats with an ultimately comfortable victory at home to Heidenheim. After a goalless first half without many chances, everything seemed to come out in a mad 15 minutes after the break. Marco Friedl got things going when he put away a Marvin Ducksch free-kick before the latter capitalised on a poor clearance to double the advantage two minutes later. Tim Kleindienst had a headed goal ruled out for offside before Ducksch's attempted cross for Eren Dinkci came off the legs of Denis Thomalla for an own goal and Werder's fourth win of the season, moving to within a point of Heidenheim.
Watch: Highlights of Bremen's return to winning ways
Erzgebirge Aue 1-1 Hamburg
Goals: 1-0 Jonjic (23'), 1-1 Carlson (o.g 90'+4)
Red card: Messeguem (69')
Hamburg snatched a late equaliser to leave Aue as the only club in Bundesliga 2 still without a win this season. In their second game under interim coach Marc Hensel, the hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Jonas David’s attempted headed clearance bounced off Antonio Jonjic and in. HSV would go on to dominate in search of an equaliser but found chances at a premium. Aue were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes to go when Soufiane Messeguem was shown a straight red for a challenge on Sonny Kittel. The visitors would go on to snatch a point in the fifth minute of injury time. After substitute Tommy Doyle hit the bar, Dirk Carlson attempted to clear the danger but inadvertently headed the ball into his own net.
Holstein Kiel 0-2 Hansa Rostock
Goals: 0-1 Verhoek (32'), 0-2 Verhoek (35')
Promoted Rostock leapfrogged fellow northerners Kiel thanks to John Verhoek’s two goals in the space of three minutes. Dirk Bremser was overseeing the home side following Ole Werner’s resignation, before Marcel Rapp takes over in the international break. Kiel dominated proceedings but fell behind when Verhoek reacted quickest at a corner to force the ball over the line. The Dutchman then got his second only minutes later when he bullied the Holstein defence to double the lead. Kiel struck the woodwork in the second half but were unable to break down the Hansa defence as they slipped below their opponents.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-3 Paderborn
Goals: 0-1 Michel (9'), 1-1 Hennings (34'), 2-1 Hennings (58'), 2-2 Michel (61'), 2-3 Platte (83')
Paderborn moved up to second with a late victory in a pulsating encounter with Düsseldorf. Sven Michel gave the visitors the lead inside 10 minutes when one-on-one with goalkeeper Raphael Wolf. Chances came and went for both sides before Rouwen Hennings headed in an equaliser after the half-hour mark. The Fortuna veteran then put his side ahead from the penalty spot after Khaled Narey was fouled by Jesper van der Werff. But Düsseldorf’s wait for a first home win of the season goes on after Michel got his brace as well by slotting through Wolf’s legs after a flick-on only moments later. There was a total of 44 shots in the game, and one more was made to count when Michel’s cross picked out Felix Platte in the middle to head in the afternoon’s fifth goal.
Jahn Regensburg 2-2 Karlsruhe
Goals: 0-1 Wanitzek (14'), 0-2 Thiede (51'), 1-2 Albers (56'), 2-2 Gimber (58')
Bundesliga 2 leaders Regensburg came from two goals down to defend top spot in the table against Karlsruhe. The visitors were the better side for long periods, but Jahn thought they’d taken the lead when Sarpreet Singh played in Jan-Niklas Beste to round the goalkeeper, but the scorer was offside. Karlsruhe went one better at the other end when Marvin Wanitzek bent one into the corner from 18 yards. A mad seven second-half minutes then produced a rollercoaster of emotions. The advantage was originally doubled by Marco Thiede before Andreas Albers immediately brought the difference back to one when he tucked away a penalty after handball. Benedikt Gimber then levelled things up two minutes later when he headed in a free-kick to keep the Bavarians top of the table.
Nuremberg 0-0 Hannover
Sent off: Dovedan (79')
Draw specialists Nuremberg shared the spoils for the sixth time in nine games this season after being held to a goalless stalemate by Hannover. Still, they remain unbeaten this term and were the better side for most of the second half, with Tom Krauß seeing a goal disallowed for offside. Home striker Nikola Dovedan was sent off in the 79th minute, but the visitors were unable to muster the necessary momentum to capitalise on their numerical advantage.
Schalke 3-0 Ingolstadt
Goals: 1-0 Bülter (25'), 2-0 Aydin (65'), 3-0 Terodde (77')
The Royal Blues made it two wins from two without conceding with a three-goal defeat of bottom side Ingolstadt. Marius Bülter began the scoring in the first half with a powerful low strike having been laid off by Rodrigo Zalazar. Schalke never looked out of control and doubled their lead midway through the second half when Can Aydin met Thomas Ouwejan's corner full on the volley with an outstanding scissor-kick. Twelve minutes later and Simon Terodde's moment of history came as Dominik Drexler was played in on goal and handed Terodde his 153rd Bundesliga 2 goal on a plate, equalling the all-time record held by Dieter Schatzschneider.
Sandhausen 1-6 Darmstadt
Goals: 0-1 Tietz (2'), 1-1 Esswein (19'), 1-2 Pfeiffer (35'), 1-3 Goller (45'), 1-4 Pfeiffer (57'), 1-5 Tietz (59'), 1-6 Karic (73')
Darmstadt earned a 6-1 win for the second time this season as they pilled on the goals against Sandhause on Sunday, as they had done against Ingolstadt on Matchday 3. Phillip Tietz opened the scoring inside two minutes before Alexander Esswein equalised for the hosts with less than 20 minutes to play. Luca Pfeiffer had his side back in front before the break with a lovely turn and finish from the edge of the Sandhausen box, and Benjamin Goller doubled the lead inside the first half. Pfeiffer completed his brace as Darmstadt made it four on 57 minutes, this time heading home at the back post. Tietz then joined Pfeiffer with a brace as Darmstadt continued to push forward for me. Eventually, the scoring was completed Emir Karic with a simple finish from in front of goal following a corner.