FC St. Pauli gave their chances of promotion a boost and deepened MSV Duisburg's troubles with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

MSV Duisburg 0-2 FC St. Pauli

Goals: 0-1 Rzatkowski (64'), 0-2 Verhoek (90+4')

Duisburg were up against it before kick-off: the hosts had not beaten St. Pauli in ten meetings, and had failed to score in their last three home games against the outfit from Hamburg.

Those records were extended as St. Pauli got their bid to return to the top flight back on track following their defeat to FSV Frankfurt 1899 last time out thanks to goals from Marc Rzatkowski and John Verhoek to leave themselves fourth, two points off a podium place.

Duisburg remain bottom of the table, five points from the relegation play-off place and 11 adrift of safety.