2021-22 German 2. Bundesliga
  • Simon Terodde (47' PEN, 71')
  • Rodrigo Zalazar (78')
  • Igor Matanovic (9', 17')
  • Marcel Beifus (81')
  • Igor Matanovic (90'+5')

Schalke win promotion to Bundesliga with comeback win over St Pauli

Schalke 04 secured promotion back to the Bundesliga a year after going down after racing back from two goals down to beat St Pauli 3-2 on Saturday with two goals from top scorer Simon Terodde.

The Ruhr valley club scored three times in the second half to battle back and open up a five-point lead at the top of the second division table with one game remaining, guaranteeing them a top-two finish.

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A brace from Igor Matanovic gave the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 17th minute but Schalke wasted several chances to cut the deficit through forward Terodde.

The league's top scorer quickly made amends after the break, scoring twice in the 47th and 71st to draw the hosts level.

Their comeback was complete seven minutes later when Rodrigo Zalazar thundered his shot in off the crossbar nine minutes from the end.

St Pauli finished the game with nine men when Marcel Beifus was sent off for a foul in the 81st and Matanovic followed him in stoppage time.

Schalke are on 62 points, with Hamburg SV and Darmstadt 98 on 57. Werder Bremen, in fourth are also on 57 and face Aue on Sunday.

St Pauli's own hopes of promotion are now extremely slim with the team in sixth on 54. The top two win automatic promotion while the third-placed team go into a playoff.

German 2. Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Schalke 04 34 +28 65
2 Werder Bremen 34 +22 63
3 Hamburg SV 34 +32 60
4 SV Darmstadt 98 34 +25 60
5 St Pauli 34 +15 57
6 1. FC Heidenheim 34 -2 52
7 SC Paderborn 07 34 +12 51
8 Nurnberg 34 0 51
9 Holstein Kiel 34 -8 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 +3 44
11 Hannover 96 34 -14 42
12 Karlsruher SC 34 -1 41
13 Hansa Rostock 34 -11 41
14 SV Sandhausen 34 -12 41
15 SSV Jahn Regensburg 34 -1 40
16 Dynamo Dresden 34 -13 32
17 FC Erzgebirge Aue 34 -40 26
18 FC Ingolstadt 04 34 -35 21