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.
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.
— Hamburger SV (@HSV) March 1, 2021
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.
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.
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.