Ben Zolinski (right) gave Aue a surprising lead at FC St. Pauli.  Here he fights for the ball with Kiezkicker-Sturmbulle Guido Burgstaller.

Bitter draw! FC Erzgebirge Aue gave second division leaders FC St. Pauli a lead in injury time at the start of the year.

Hamburg – the FC Erzgebirge Aue ended the winning streak FC St. Pauli and reported back from the winter break with a very strong 2:2 (1:1) at the Millerntor. There would have been even more for the violets.

Ben Zolinski (right) gave Aue a surprising lead at FC St. Pauli. Here he fights for the ball with Kiezkicker-Sturmbulle Guido Burgstaller. © Marcus Brandt/dpa

FCE team boss Marc Hensel called up five new players, two of whom stood out.

Malcolm Cacutalua returned to central defense after months out injured and Prince Osei Owusu made his starting XI debut just two days after signing. And what a thing!

Antonio Jonjic played deep into the lead. Owusu started at the center circle, shook off his guard and put it across to Ben Zolinski, who only had to push in – 1:0 (17th).

Aue-Kicker Gonther sad before returning to the Millerntor: "Would have liked to have experienced the full drone"
FC Erzgebirge Aue
Aue-Kicker Gonther sad before returning to the Millerntor: “Would have liked to have experienced the full drone”

The violets did it cleverly and threw themselves into every duel. No comparison to the failed dress rehearsal at Dynamo Dresden.

Then Cacutalua lost sight of the advanced Jakov Medic (30th) when Eric Smith crossed a free kick.

St. Pauli increased the number of strokes and FCE keeper Martin Männel became more and more the center of attention.

Nikola Trujic (2nd from right) headed FC Erzgebirge Aue back into the lead.

Nikola Trujic (2nd from right) headed FC Erzgebirge Aue back into the lead. © PICTURE POINT / S. Sunday

The picture was the same after the break. The Hensel-Elf resisted the offensive urge with a great fight. And put pinpricks.

After a misunderstanding between Philipp Ziereis and Medic, Owusu was completely blank in front of Nikola Vasilij and unchallenged put the ball next to the right post from six (!) meters (58th). What an opportunity!

But the visitors got another chance. Jan Hochscheidt found Ben Zolinski with a soulful input. The scorer to make it 1-0 hit the ball on the crossbar. Nikola Trujic, who had only been on the field for eight minutes, reacted at lightning speed and dived his head for the ball – 2:1 (72nd).

Aue in the team check: returnee Fandrich a beacon of hope!
FC Erzgebirge Aue
Aue in the team check: returnee Fandrich a beacon of hope!

Shortly afterwards, Jonjic almost made it 3-1 (77th). Aue was on fire! First and foremost Trujic, who saw a yellow card in the 76th minute for complaining and was taken down again by Hensel after 17 minutes on the pitch because of a yellow-red danger.

Aue was so close to his fourth win of the season that he let it slip out of his hands. The five-minute stoppage time was already half over when Babacar Gueye slipped away and then Dirk Carlson and Clemens Fandrich Etienne Amenyido didn’t get caught – 2:2 (90’+3′). Bitter! But also a clear sign of life, because St. Pauli had won every one of their home games so far this season.

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