FC St. Pauli missed out on victory in the most important match of the 2nd Bundesliga. The team led by coach Fabian Hürzeler drew 0-0 against Hannover 96 in a northern duel that was briefly interrupted due to riots in the fan block and is the only undefeated team in the league.
However, city rivals Hamburger SV could draw level on points with St. Pauli by winning at Holstein Kiel on Saturday (1pm).
St. Pauli missed out on a fifth consecutive home win and remained without a goal for the first time since the end of August. Hannover, currently third in the table, have been awaiting victory for four away matches, but earned the point with a largely concentrated defensive performance.
The hosts only had one real chance in the first half, but it was a tough one.
After a cross from Elias Saad, Johannes Eggestein shot from the turn (16th), but Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler saved the shot well. Another attempt by Saad (36th) passed.
The brawl in the guest box overshadows the final phase
St. Pauli then pushed vehemently for the opening goal and won the ball several times in promising positions, but in crucial moments precision and composure were usually lacking.
In the final stage the game was momentarily interrupted because there was turmoil in the visitors’ block. In the end the score was 0-0, probably unsatisfactory for both teams.
A good ten minutes before the end the police raided the visitors’ block, causing a brawl with around 96 fans. To keep the situation under control, the police also used, among other things, pepper spray.
Attempted flag theft as the cause of the revolt?
Referee Richard Hempel stopped the game for a few minutes after these events in the block of 96 fans. As “WAZ” reports, the home fans managed to gain access to the away block to steal a Hamburger SV flag that was hanging there because HSV and Hannover have a fan friendship.
On the clubs’ side, however, nothing was known about the background. “Unfortunately I can’t say anything at the moment, I discovered this myself relatively late. I can’t say anything about the triggers for this unpleasant situation, unfortunately we don’t know anything at the moment. We will get the information, but obviously they are unpleasant scenes,” he said. Hannover sporting director Marcus Mann said to “Sky” after the match.
St. Pauli also said little about the circumstances of the discussion in the stands after the final whistle. “There was a fight and probably a radio message to the police. We don’t know the exact reasons,” president Oke Göttlich told “Bild”. “That killed the game,” St. Pauli’s Eric Smith said of the stoppage shortly before the end of the game at Millerntor.
However, the Hamburg police have now commented on the circumstances. “According to previous findings, at the end of the second half there was an argument between the away fans in the away block, in which one away fan fell to the ground several times due to attacks from his own fans,” read the tweet from the club. police. , “to protect this visiting fan “To prevent something worse from happening, the police decided to go to the away block, after which the emergency services came under massive attack and responded by using, among other things, of pepper spray.”