With the thermometer registering 37 Celsius at kick-off, St. Pauli started brightly but found themselves sitting increasingly deep as the freshly-promoted hosts improved over the course of the first half. The closest Karlsruhe came to breaking the deadlock before the interval however was in the 33rd minute, when an unmarked Dennis Mast made a hash of Philipp Klingmann's far-post ball.
Chances for the subs
Half-time substitute Gaetan Krebs soon made his presence felt for KSC, pulling a good save out of guest custodian Philipp Tschauner in the 57th minute while St. Pauli's own sub Sebastian Maier, fresh off the bench, zipped a free kick inches wide with 20 minutes to go. Both sides continued to try and get a decent rhythm going in the oppressive heat, but the contest petered out in a flurry of misplaced passes, Ilian Micanski's weak 87th-minute header straight at Tschauner proving the final opportunity for either side.
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