1860 were left disappointed as St. Pauli took the 3 points back to Hamburg, with the visitors continuing to turn their season around under the guidance of new manager Michael Frontzeck.
TSV 1860 slumped to their third defeat in their last four league games as visitors St. Pauli ran out 2-0 winners at the Allianz Arena. Fabian Boll and Daniel Ginczek were on hand for 'The Buccaneers' scoring a goal in each half to inflict more misery on Reiner Maurer's side. 1860 have collected just a single point from a possible twelve and scored only one goal in the process. The win means St. Pauli are unbeaten in their last four league outings.
31,500 fans were in attendance as the Lions welcomed back Polish international defender Grzegorz Wojtkowiak at right-back and in the abscence of the suspended centre-half Guillermo Vallori, Christopher Schindler stepped in to partner Necat Aygun in defence.
From the first whistle, 1860 Munich looked nervous and after just three minutes, a through ball for Akaki Gogia cut its way easily through the home side's defence leaving him one on one with goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who had already ventured a couple of yards outside of his area. St.Pauli fans were already preparing to celebrate but a real lack of urgency allowed Kiraly to scramble back inside his area, dive acrobatically and deflect the weakly hit shot out for a throw in. It was a serious chance for St. Pauli to take the lead and 1860 breathed a sigh of relief that their guests couldn't take advantage.
Sechzig were guilty of ball watching in the 26th minute from a St. Pauli corner and Fabian Boll gratefully accepted the time and space to size up his low shot and bury it firmly into the net. It was more poor defending than good attacking that had lead to the visitor's opening goal.
Boll was replaced by Patrick Funk six minutes later, presumably an injury-enforced substitution and 1860 followed suit shortly afterwards.Redundant winger Marin Tomasov made way for striker Ismael Blanco, who joined Benny Lauth up front as Maurer changed to a 4-4-2 formation.
St. Pauli were certainly not playing particular well but they were taking advantage of the time and space offered to them by their generous hosts, particularly in the final third. 1860 have very little in the way of quality going forward and their opponents knew it. Last season it was Stefan Aigner making the forward runs on the right wing and his departure has left a gaping hole on the right-hand side for the Lions.
At the end of the first half a chorus of boos rang out around the stadium leaving the 1860 players in no doubt that their performance in the first 45 minutes was simply not appreciated or acceptable.
Sechzig came out in the second half with a spring in their step and tried, without success, to wrestle back control of the match. By the 53rd minute, St. Pauli had stretched to a two goal lead. Moritz Volz allowed Kevin Schindler in behind him and the striker cut the ball back along the ground into the six-yard box. Aygun made a hash of the clearance and Daniel Ginczek was on hand to tap the ball home.
Moritz Stoppelkamp went closest for 1860 on a couple of ocassions during the second half but he was unable to get the ball on target.
1860 enjoyed plenty of possession but were ultimately unable to convert it into any meaningful goal-scoring opportunities. Aygun spent the majority of the afternoon making sideways passes to Schindler in his own half, much to the displeasure of the home fans who weren't shy about letting their frustrations known. A lack of creativity and desire to make things happen were the missing ingredient for the Lions. The commanding Vallori at the heart of defence was clearly missed and the desperate need for a playmaker, someone who can bring the strikers into the game, became all the more apparent.
Next Sunday, the Lions travel to Frankfurt to visit FSV and on Friday the 16th are back in front of their home fans again when they play 1.FC Koeln. Maurer know his side have a lot of improving to do before then.
TSV 1860 Munich: Kiraly - Wojtkowiak, Ayguen, Schindler, Volz - Buelow, Bierofka (61' Makos) - Tomasov (35' Blanco), Stoppelkamp, Halfar (71' Maier) - Lauth
St. Pauli: Tschauner - Avevor, Mohr, Thorandt, Schachten - Boll (32' Funk), Kringe - Schindler, Buchtmann (89' Daube), Gogia (87' Gyau) - Ginczek
Goals: 1-0 Boll (26'), 2-0 Ginczek (53')
Referee: Marco Fritz