Dhe FC Schalke 04 kept the nerves in the promotion drama in the second division and made the return to the upper house of football far too early perfect. In 3: 2 (0: 2) in the top match over FC St. Pauli even defied the table leaders a 0: 2 deficit at the break and paved the way for a total of the fourth promotion to the Bundesliga with a brilliant final. sprint. In front of 61,271 spectators in the sold-out Veltins Arena, Simon Terodde (47th / foulelfmeter / 71st) and Rodrigo Zalazar (78th) on Saturday scored the hard-fought victory, which was euphorically cheered by their own supporters.
In return, the 2nd division autumn champions St. Pauli said goodbye to the promotion race after the sixth game in a row without a win despite the early double blow by Igor Matanivic (9./17.). With a gap of three points to the second HSV and the third Darmstadt and the significantly worse goal difference, there are only theoretical chances. Werder Bremen can also move up to second place with a victory on Sunday in Aue. 81 minutes in, Hamburg’s Marcel Beifus received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
As in 1: 4 two weeks ago in the same place against Bremen, the high expectations made it difficult for Schalke. In the presence of the Revierclub legends “Eurofighter”, who this weekend celebrated their 25th anniversary after the UEFA Cup triumph in 1997, they were close to a dream start. Goal scorer Terodde appeared alone in front of the opponent’s goal after an error from defender Beifus in the first minute, but was rejected by guest goalkeeper Dennis Smarsch.
But the “Kiezkickeren”, weakened by various corona cases, kept a cool head in the heated stadium atmosphere and immediately took the first chance. Jackson Irvine tipped a pass from Leart Paqarada to Matanovic, who put the ball in front with a shot from the turn. When the only 19-year-old striker scored again just eight minutes later after another pass from Irvine and a subsequent solo, Schalke was sober.
Nevertheless, the league leaders showed a positive reaction and pushed – driven by their fans – the Hamburg goal. Despite all his zeal, he was careless with his options. Dominick Drexler and Terodde (33rd) missed the possible goal in a questionable way after a cross from Marius Bülter. A penalty kick from referee Marco Fritz shortly after the restart revived Schalke. This time Terodde did not miss this chance to score and converted safely.
It was the beginning of another phase of pressure for the hosts. Guest coverage did not withstand the growing pressure for long. Terodde was there again and turned the home court into a madhouse. However, Zalazar, who had just come on as a substitute, provided the highlight and final point. After a pass from Bülter, the joker took courage and perfected Schalke’s luck with a powerful shot under the crossbar. “The feeling is incredible. It was our dream. We had to fight for it, you can not get it for free,” coach Büskens said on Sky: “A huge compliment to the squad. It is incredible.”