St Pauli earned a memorable victory in one of German football’s fiercest rivalries, when they defeated city rivals Hamburg 2-0 to record their first home victory in the heated fixture for 59 years.
Prior to the 2. Bundesliga match at St Pauli’s Millerntor-Stadion, 3,000 Hamburg fans marched to the stadium under police escort, while the second half of the contest ended up delayed due to pyrotechnics being set off by both sets of fans.
Protests also took place against the high-profile match being played on a Monday.
On the pitch, Greek striker Dimitrios Diamantakos opened the scoring for the hosts in the 18th minute, before Hamburg’s Rick van Drongelen doubled the opposition’s lead when he put through his own net after 62 minutes.
The win denied Hamburg the chance to return to the top of the 2. Bundesliga.
The two sides have had very different starts to the season.
Prior to kick off Hamburg were unbeaten – recording four wins from their first five games – whilst St Pauli had just a lone win, against Holstein Kiel, and two draws.
Speaking after the memorable victory, St Pauli boss Jos Luhukay said: “This is sensational, the people are celebrating.
“The team and the players deserve it, we won three points in a derby, that goes down in history.”
Monday’s match was the 102nd derby meeting between the two Hamburg sides.