ERLING Haaland and Jude Bellingham were stunned as minnows St Pauli dumped holders Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup.
The transfer sagas over Dortmund‘s two superstars was overshadowed as Bundesliga 2 leaders St Pauli pulled off one of their greatest ever wins.
Dortmund’s top-flight rivals Cologne also crashed out to second-tier opposition, exiting to fallen giants Hamburg on penalties.
But unlike Cologne, five-time cup winners Dortmund fielded a very strong team.
Togo striker tucked home Marcel Hartel’s cut-back from close in for St Pauli’s fourth-minute opener.
Home keeper Dennis Smarsch then foiled Thorgan Hazard’s one-on-one effort and a firm shot from Marco Reus as Dortmund instantly fought back
Haaland fired high as the visitors upped the tempo even further against a team winless for their past three matches.
But St Pauli turned the tide dramatically early in the second period.
Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel thwarted a header from a corner by Austrian frontman Guido Burgstaller.
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But St Pauli’s momentum was lost when Jakov Medic handled in his own box, enabling Haaland to drill home a spot-kick reply on 58 minutes.
Dortmund roared forward in pursuit of a leveller.
All they could produce, though, were meek efforts from Bellingham and Donyell Malen as St Pauli held on for a famous win.
At least for Haaland it distracts talk away from his claims Dortmund are pushing him to make a decision on his future.
The second-placed Bundesligsa side hit back, saying they were ‘surprised’ by the Norwegian’s comments.
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