Burning Awoniyi scores in Union Berlin’s Europa League loss to Feyenoord


Taiwo Awoniyi scored a goal as Union Berlin suffered a 3-1 loss to Feyenoord in a Europa League game on Thursday.

Awoniyi continued from where he left off on Saturday when he opened the scoring for the Iron Ones in their 2-0 Bundesliga win over Wolfsburg.

The 24-year-old has now scored two goals in the group stage of the European tournament, not to mention the brace he scored against KuPS in a qualifying game in August.

Feyenoord got off to a good start with Alireza Jahanbakhsh giving them the lead in the 11th minute, followed by another Brian Linssen goal in the 29th minute.

Five minutes into the half hour mark, Union Berlin responded and cut the deficit in half after Awoniyi met Christopher Trimmel’s cross with a powerful header in the 35th minute.

The effort was Awoniyi’s 10th goal for Urs Fischer’s side this season as he continues to enjoy good goal form following his final departure from Liverpool in August.

The Super Eagles forward was then substituted in the 66th minute and their Dutch hosts put the game out of their reach with a third goal thanks to Luis Sinisterra in the 76th minute.

Towards the end of the game, Nigerian striker Cyril Dessers made a cameo appearance for Feyenoord as he replaced Linssen in the 83rd minute.

The result was Union Berlin’s second loss in Group E and they find themselves at the bottom of the table, even though they recorded a victory.

The Bundesliga club are tied by three points with Slavia Prague who suffered a 1-0 loss to Maccabi Haifa on Thursday while Feyenoord lead with seven points.

Ahead of hosting Feyenoord for their next group game on November 4, Awoniyi and his Union Berlin teammates will focus on extending their three-game winning streak in the German top flight when they travel to Stuttgart on Sunday.

Union Berlin sit fifth in the Bundesliga table with 15 points after eight matches – four points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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