September 23, 2021

Augsburg halt Awoniyi’s Bundesliga goalscoring run for Union Berlin

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The Nigeria striker was in action for Urs Fischer’s side but couldn’t extend his tally to four goals after four league matches this term

Union Berlin talisman Taiwo Awoniyi could not extend his Bundesliga goalscoring run after their goalless draw against Augsburg on Saturday.

The former Liverpool forward has made a great return to the German top-flight after his permanent move from Anfield, by scoring three goals in his last three league appearances before Saturday’s match.

Awoniyi played for 86 minutes but the three shots he attempted could not find the back of the net for the hosts at the Stadion Ander Alten Forsterei.

He was later replaced by Sheraldo Becker as both teams shared the spoils.

Union Berlin remain eighth on the Bundesliga table after the draw with six points after four games while Augsburg have two points after the same number of matches.

Awoniyi will shift his attention to Thursday’s Uefa Europa Conference League outing with the ambition of returning to the scoresheet when Union Berlin battle Ubong Ekpai and Peter Olayinka’s Slavia Prague.

Elsewhere in Hoffenheim, Nigeria’s Kevin Akpoguma was not available as he continues his recovery from the coronavirus while Mali’s Diadie Samassekou was an unused substitute for the hosts in their 2-0 defeat to Mainz.

Meanwhile, at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer, Nigerian descent Lukas Nmecha scored the opening goal as Wolfsburg grabbed a 2-0 away win over Greuther Furth.

Nmecha, born to a Nigerian father and German mother, has now scored two goals in three Bundesliga appearances in this campaign.

Wolfsburg are currently at the top of the Bundesliga summit following their winning start to the 2021-22 season, with 12 points after four matches. 

Borussia Dortmund trail in second spot with nine points, after Erling Haaland’s brace secured maximum points for them in a seven-goal thriller (4-3) against Bayer Leverkusen.

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