FC St. Pauli kept their promotion hopes alive with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Eintracht Braunschweig on Thursday evening

FC St. Pauli 1-0 Eintracht Braunschweig

Goals: 1-0 Verhoek (82')

With both teams pushing for a place in the top three, the match began brightly as each side looked to attack whenever they gained possession. It made for an engaging spectacle, although neither seriously threatened to break the deadlock in an evenly-balanced first half.

Braunschweig had the better of the play immediately after the break but lacked the necessary cutting edge to outfox a well-drilled home side. The match appeared to be heading for a draw until St. Pauli striker John Verhoek tried his luck from the edge of the box, though his shot only went in thanks to the help of a fortuitous divot in the pitch. The result leaves the hosts just two points behind third-placed 1. FC Nürnberg in the standings.