SC Paderborn 07 picked up their first win in 13 games to dent FC St. Pauli's promotion hopes.
The reverse fixture was a goalless draw in September, but there were only seven minutes on the clock when Nicklas Helenius broke the deadlock here, flicking the ball over two defenders before lofting home his second - and undoubtedly best - goal since his winter signing from Aalborg BK. Paderborn took a 2-0 lead into the interval thanks to Florian Hartherz's strike midway through the first half.
Pauli centre-back Lasse Sobiech reduced the arrears six minutes after the restart, sending an unstoppable penalty into the top corner of the visiting goal, but minutes later Helenius brought his Paderborn tally to three goals in seven games, forcing home a mishit shot that the hosts will not want to watch back too many times. Thomas Bertels then made it four for the visitors before Pauli had a late flurry in the final ten minutes. Waldemar Sobota and Fabrice Picault each found the target, but it proved too little too late and Paderborn held on for the win. They are now one victory away from pulling clear of the drop zone, whilst Pauli are now eight points off the promotion places.