By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Taiwo Awoniyi scored his third goal of the season for German Bundesliga side, FC Union Berlin in their 2-2 draw away at Stuttgart, www.kick442.com reports.
Awoniyi, 23, scored Union Berlin’s second goal in the 77th minute at the Mercedes Benz Arena (Stuttgart) to give his Club a 0-2 lead before the host came back to force a 2-2 draw.
The goal was the Liverpool loanee’s third league goal for FC Union since he joined them this season.
With a decimated squad of only 18 players, 1. FC Union Berlin started the trip to Stuttgart. In addition to the longer injured Anthony Ujah, Nico Schlotterbeck, Joel Pohjanpalo, and Max Kruse, Florian Hübner and Christian Gentner also had to pass again. Since Marcus Ingvartsen sustained a muscle injury in his upper body in the game against FC Bayern Munich, Cedric Teuchert moved into the starting line-up. Niko Gießelmann also strengthened the defensive network. Marius Bülter first took a seat on the bench. Since goalkeeper Andreas Luthe also had slight muscular problems in the Bayern game, in addition to Loris Karius, another goalkeeper, Lennart Moser, was added to the matchday squad.
Unimpressed by the failures, Union coach Urs Fischer switched his team tactically, defensively on a three-man chain made up of Marvin Friedrich, Robin Knoch, and Niko Gießelmann and in front on a double top made up of Taiwo Awoniyi and Sheraldo Becker. And this move paid off right from the start. Hardly three minutes were played when Stuttgart’s Mavropanos Sheraldo Becker was only able to stop with a foul and at the expense of an early warning. Christopher Trimmel served the due free-kick precisely into the penalty area, where Marvin Friedrich rose the highest and headed to the 1-0 lead (4th).
In the first quarter of an hour, they caught the initially nervous home side and in turn came to the first goal approaches. However, Andreas Luthe was able to fend off Klimowicz’s promising shot to the side. The next corner did not pose any problems for him. Union mostly left the ball to Stuttgart and waited for switching situations. In the 18th minute, it was Sheraldo Becker again, who ran through to the baseline. However, his cross into the six-yard box was just as sure prey for Kobel in the Stuttgart box as his shot from a good 20 meters in the 24th minute and Cedric Teuchert’s conclusion a minute earlier. Union then acted well sorted and with a lot of calm on the ball, hardly allowed anything at the back, but was not dangerous in the front either. The Stuttgarters didn’t succeed much in this phase. The five minutes before the break offered some entertainment value. A remarkable conclusion from Becker was followed by a risky Stuttgart tackle against Grischa Prömel in the penalty area. The penalty whistle justifiably failed to materialize. Another corner for Union, another completion by Cedric Teuchert – but no further goal. With the well-deserved 1-0 lead for Union, it went into the half-time break.
While Union returned unchanged to the field, Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo changed twice. Coulibaly and Didavi replaced Sosa and Klimowicz and the game immediately picked up speed. Three minutes were played in the second round, which saved the aluminum the Union leadership. A soulful cross brought Gonzalez with a side pull on goal, but only on the crossbar. In the 52nd minute, it was Gonzalez again who was dangerous. His header after Coulibaly’s cross just missed the Union goal. The game was now more hectic, there were more ball losses and foul games on both sides. In this phase, Stuttgart’s Gonzalez was lucky. After Sebastian Griesbeck fouled to attempt a headbutt on him, but just like his opponent only saw the yellow card. After an hour, Urs Fischer also changed for the first time. Marius Bülter came in for Sheraldo Becker. In the 63rd minute, the Stuttgart team had their greatest chance up until then, delivering the Union’s opening in the penalty area and being able to conquer the ball through Castro. With combined forces, Andreas Luthe, Marvin Friedrich, and Robin Knoche managed to get the ball out of the danger zone. Julian Ryerson then replaced Cedric Teuchert (68th) to counter the increasing pressure from the hosts. That worked much better again and Union scored the next hit in the game. A precise cross from Christopher Lenz headed Taiwo Awoniyi to make it 2-0 for Union. Matarazzo reacted again with a double substitution and brought Kalajdzic and Klement for Kempf and Förster for a brilliant final offensive. This had an effect in the 85th minute: Klement circled a corner sharply into the Union penalty area, Kalajdzic heaved the ball into the mesh for the next goal. And it was Kalajdzic who set the end of a wild game and was able to equalize in the 90th minute. A very unfortunate end for the tirelessly fighting Unioners who could not fully reward themselves for a self-sacrificing performance.
Union coach Urs Fischer was not dissatisfied with the result after the game, despite the end: “Of course it looks unhappy because we received the goals late. Seen over 90 minutes, that’s a fair draw. The first half belonged to us, the second half belonged to Stuttgart, so I’m not disappointed: another point on the account that helps us. ”
For the opening of the 13th matchday, 1. FC Union Berlin will play a home game against Borussia Dortmund on Friday, December 18th, 2020, at the An der Alten Försterei stadium.
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