Nobody stayed sit, nobody stood still. After the Happyend in the promotion thriller, the Arena of FC Schalke 04 turned into a Tollhaus. Ecstatic fans and proud professionals celebrated the return of the traditional club to the football upper house.

The 3: 2 (0: 2) in the top game over FC St. Pauli released everyone involved from the great pressure of the past few weeks and was the starting signal for a long party night in Gelsenkirchen.
To the dismay of the security forces, hundreds of fans stormed the lawn to celebrate with their promotion heroes.

Goal scorer Simon Terrodde sank together on the lawn and cried tears of joy and relief. With his two goals (47./Foulelfmeter/71.) The striker initiated the turn in the football thriller, which Rodrigo Zalazar (78th) completed with the winning goal. In front of 61,271 spectators in the Veltins-Arena, Igor Matanivic (9th/17th) shot the Hamburgers in the lead with a double pack. In the 81st minute St. Paulis Marcel Beifus saw a yellow-red after a male foul foul, Matanovic in added time.

trainer and Schalke trainers director overjoyed

“It was our dream. You just have to fight for dreams that you don’t get them. Huge respect for this troop what the gas gave. Incredible, incredible,” said an overjoyed Schalke trainer Maik Büskens.

And Schalke trainers director Rouven Schröder in the T -shirt with the inscription “Glück auf Steiger”: “It had to come exactly as it came today for the Schalke soul. This is a feeling – incredible what went on in the field. Galactic, that’s just something nice for us. This is moving, because we put so much work in. “

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Table leaders Schalke defied the 0-2 deficit at the break and paved the way to the fourth Bundesliga promotion with a brilliant final sprint. Second division autumn champion St. Pauli probably said goodbye to the promotion race after the sixth game in a row without a win. With three points away from the second HSV and the third Darmstadt as well as the significantly worse goal difference, there are only theoretical opportunities. Werder Bremen can also advance in second place with a win on Sunday in Aue.

As with the 1: 4 two weeks ago at the same site against Bremen, the great expectation was made to the Schalkers powerful. In the presence of the district club legends “Eurofighter”, who celebrated their 25th anniversary after the 1997 UEFA Cup triumph this weekend, they were close to a dream start. Already in the 1st minute, striker Terodde appeared after a defender Beifus mistake alone in front of the opposing goal, but failed due to guest goalkeeper Dennis Smarsch.

But the “Kiezkicker” weakened by various Corona cases kept the head in the heated stadium atmosphere and took the first chance. Jackson Irvine continued a pass from Learst Paqarada with the hoe on Matanovic, who caused the tour with a shot from the turn. When the only 19 -year -old attacker met again eight minutes later after a new pass from Irvine and subsequent solo, the disillusionment among the Schalkers was great.

Nevertheless, the leaders showed a positive reaction and – driven by his fans – showed the goal of the Hamburgers. With all the zeal, however, he was negligent with his possibilities. Dominick Drexler and Terodde (33.) missed the possible connection goal in questionable manner after the flank of Marius Bülter.

penalty after the break the turn initiated

A penalty whistle by referee Marco Fritz shortly after the restart Schalke awakened. This chance for the connection goal did not miss Terodde this time and converted safely.

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That was the beginning of a further urge of the hosts. The guest cover did not stand up for the growing pressure. Terodde was on the spot again and transformed the local arena into a rabid house.

However, the Zalazar, which had just been substituted, provided the height and final point. After passing by Bülter, the joker took heart and made the luck of the Schalke perfect with a tight shot under the crossbar.