Rangers’ club partners Hamburger SV were dealt a big blow on Monday night with a 1-0 defeat to fierce rivals St Pauli.

The Gers and HSV made a long-standing association official last month with the announcement of a ‘wide-ranging’ collaboration [Rangers.co.uk], so it was no surprise to see messages exchanged between the clubs on social media ahead of the Hamburg derby.

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Rangers wishes their club partners well ahead of the Hamburg derby. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The fixture represented a big opportunity for HSV, who are bidding to get out of 2. Bundesliga at the third attempt following a first relegation in over 50 years at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

A win at their fiercest rivals’ Millerntor-Stadion would have seen them jump past three clubs and back into top spot in the table, 23 games into the season.

 

However, while they struck the crossbar twice in the first half, a goal would prove elusive and St Pauli won it in the 88th minute with a strike from Daniel-Kofi Kyereh.

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St Pauli celebrate Daniel-Kofi Kyereh’s late winner. (Photo by Christian Charisius – Pool/Getty Images)

Frustration then got the better of HSV captain Tim Leibold, who was sent off in injury time, after a VAR intervention, for lashing out at an opponent.

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The defeat ensures that the Gers’ partners are yet to win a derby this season, with the first fixture between the two sides in October finishing 2-2, while it constitutes a blow to their promotion hopes.

Daniel Thioune’s side had got themselves into a strong position by the end of January but are now fourth and winless in four matches.

A former Rangers defender is contracted to HSV but is currently shining out on loan in a top-flight European league.

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