1. FC Union Berlin beat FC St Pauli 4-1 at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2.Bundesliga campaign.
Grischa Prömel and Akaki Gogia scored within a minute of each other at the end of the first half. Sebastian Andersson scored early in the second period, while Henk Veerman netted a consolation for the visitors. The Swedish striker made it a brace with a cool finish two minutes from the final whistle.
1. FC Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Hübner, Friedrich, Reichel; Schmiedebach, Prömel, Kroos (Zulj 77); Hedlund (Ryerson 90), Gogia (Redondo 71), Andersson
FC St. Pauli: Himmelmann; Dudziak, Ziereis, Knoll, Buballa (Carstens 87); Flum, Buchtmann, Neudecker, Nehrig (Veerman 53), Moller Daehli; Diamantakos (Sahin 61)
The Stadion An der Alten Försterei was once again sold out for a competitive game and a red, white and yellow display aided the pre-game atmosphere. St. Pauli started well under pressure and broke the game up successfully in the middle of the park. Fischer’s team grew into the half in the last quarter of an hour. Johannes Flum and Christopher Buchtmann picked up yellow cards in an eight-minute period as Union threatened on the break. After 44 minutes, the St. Pauli defence buckled and Prömel was on hand to thump the ball beyond Robin Himmelmann. Before the half was out, Gogia was presented with a loose ball inside the box and he buried from close range to double the home side’s lead.
Union Berlin continued where they left off after the restart and on 58 minutes, Andersson outsmarted Philipp Ziereis before rolling the ball under Himmelmann for 3-0. Union sat deeper and looked to absorb the oncoming pressure from Markus Kauczinski’s men. Henk Veerman’s presence was a threat and the striker netted a consolation after 71 minutes. Rafal Gikiewicz made an excellent block seven minutes later to keep out a powerful drive from St. Pauli captain Christopher Buchtmann.
Union fans had a chance to see Robert Zulj for the first time since his loan move from Hoffenheim. The attacking-midfielder made an instant impact, finding Andersson in space who cooly slotted past Himmelmann from close range. With the match in stoppage time, Julian Ryerson was handed his debut at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei to run down the clock.
Fischer's side are back in action next Sunday (September 2, 13:30) away to SV Sandhausen. Tickets are available here.