FC St. Pauli and Fortuna Düsseldorf have deprived each other of what is probably their last chance to intervene in the promotion race of the 2nd Bundesliga. The former first division clubs drew 0-0 and are three points behind Hamburger SV in the relegation zone.
The Rothosen, however, can pull away from relegation candidate Jahn Regensburg (13.30 p.m. / Sky) on Sunday to six points and at least secure third place before the last two matchdays.
"It's clear that we would have needed a win here," said St. Pauli captain Leart Paqarada on the Sky microphone: "But you could see who was the better team. We thought that the Dusseldorf team would play more here."
St. Pauli seized their last chance more courageously and gained a clear advantage in front of 29,546 spectators at the Millerntor. However, the big chances failed to materialise – until Marcel Hartel put the ball on the crossbar in first-half stoppage time.
Düsseldorf appeared for a long time without ideas, even from standard situations, the Rhinelanders could create little danger. But then the visitors were suddenly very close to taking the lead: Substitute Jona Niemiec pulled off in the 68th minute, the homegrown player's shot was deflected against the crossbar.