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ST Pauli put themselves back in the race for promotion to the Bundesliga with two consecutive wins which leave them three points behind third place Holstein Kiel.
A Sami Allagui goal gave them an important away win against fellow hopefuls FC Ingolstadt, while a dramatic fixture at the Millerntor last weekend saw them run out 3-2 winners against the Kiel club.
This vital victory wasn’t just an important one for St Pauli, but it kept the rest of the chasing pack in touch with third place. As many as 10 teams have an eye on this promotion play-off spot, and even sides near the bottom of the table, such as Eintracht Braunschweig and Bochum, will retain hope especially given the unpredictable nature of the division.
Christopher Avevor’s 89th-minute goal gave the home fans something to cheer, as they saw their team win at the Millerntor for the first time this year.
They had taken the lead through the excellent Richard Neudecker but went on to concede two against the league’s second-highest scoring side. But another from Neudecker and Avevor’s winner led to celebrations on the terraces. For it to happen in such a dramatic manner, in such an important game, only added to the fans’ joy.
“It’s just a great feeling to score. The main thing, though, is that we won as a team,” Avevor told the club’s website.
“After a good start we hit a blip in the first half, but we picked ourselves up again and never lost our belief. Anything is possible, especially here at home.”
With 12 games to go the Bundesliga 2 has two clear contenders for automatic promotion in the shape of second place Fortuna Dusseldorf and Nurnberg, who top the table. But below them the final chance of a trip to the top-flight is very much up for grabs.
St Pauli travel to Dusseldorf this weekend where a win against Fortuna on their own patch would be a real statement, and show clear signs of improvement under Markus Kauczinski.
“We are prepared for everything,” said a confident St Pauli boss as he discussed opposition tactics.
“Fortuna are very flexible. They build on a three-man midfield with a six and two 10s, or two sixes and a 10. We’re going to have to play our best football in Dusseldorf.”
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