Taiwo Awoniyi will be gunning for his fourth Bundesliga goal when Union Berlin take on host VFB Stuttgart today (Tuesday) at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The 23-year old Liverpool loanee has scored two goals in nine appearances so far this season clocking 500 minutes in addition to his last season tally of one goal in 12 appearances clocking 478 minutes for Mainz 05.
Today’s clash will be Awoniyi’s 10th
Bundesliga appearance for Union Berlin and 22nd overall across two seasons counting from his time with Mainz 05.
Both Union Berlin and Stuttgart at tied on 17 points apiece with Berlin edging Stuttgart who thrashed Borussia Dortmund 5-1 at the weekend, to the 6th position on superior goals difference.
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Awoniyi was left ruing that “sometimes you just hope for a bit of luck,” after he squandered a big chance in Union Berlin’s shock 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich.
The Nigerian had already drawn a strong save from Manuel Neuer in the first minute when, after Grischa Promel put Union ahead, he surged forward, shaking off his marker for a one-on-one with Germany’s No. 1.
Unfortunately, Awoniyi scuffed his left-footed drive just wide of the post, and later Robert Lewandowksi levelled for Bayern.
The game’s standout moment, though, was an incredible save from Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe at the death, with the 33-year-old showing why he is still preferred to Loris Karius, who has remained unused since joining
on loan from Liverpool in September.
By Sulaiman Alao
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