Rodrigo Zalazar with another goal but no cause for celebration

An assist in Bremen, a goal against Sandhausen and now a goal on Saturday (04/12) against his former club, FC St. Pauli – Rodrigo Zalazar has been involved in a goal in each of his last three games. The number 10 had nothing to celebrate, however. “I’m disappointed that we couldn’t take anything back to Gelsenkirchen with us,” said the midfielder.

Rodrigo Zalazar

The 22-year-old explained that the game against the league leaders was special for him. „I had a great time here and was happy to see a lot of familiar faces ahead of kick off,“ said Zalazar. During the 90 minutes, however, Zalazar said his focus was entirely on one thing – picking up points with his team. „We knew that we were in for a difficult task. That’s exactly how it turned out.“

On Friday we’re up against 1. FC Nürnberg and want to pick up points again.

Rodrigo Zalazar

After missing a chance shortly after falling behind, the Uruguayan made no mistake next time, pulling a goal back a quarter of an hour before full time. Zalazar headed home a cross from Thomas Ouwejan, which he described as a “fantastic assist”. Moments later, the goalscorer was celebrating again with his teammates, but the joy was short lived. Ouwejan’s equalising goal was ruled out for offside. “It would have been great to have taken a point after going 2-0 down,” said Zalazar.

Despite the defeat, the attacking midfielder is not letting his head drop. “You always have to carry on,” said the 22-year-old. “On Friday we’re up against 1. FC Nürnberg and want to pick up points again.” Zalazar has good memories of the last time he faced Friday’s opponents in a home game. While playing for St. Pauli last season, the Uruguayan scored the first of his six league goals that campaign.

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