Berlin (AFP) – Former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored his fourth goal in three games to seal a Bundesliga point for Union Berlin in their 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim on Sunday.
The 24-year-old, who moved permanently from Merseyside this summer after spending last season on loan in the German capital, equalised with a superb strike early in the second half.
It capped a golden week for the Nigerian who scored twice and set up a third goal in Thursday’s 4-0 away drubbing of Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura in a first-leg qualifier for the Europa Conference League.
Awoniyi also scored the opening goal in last Saturday’s 1-1 league draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
Union took the lead after 10 minutes in Hoffenheim when defender Niko Giesselmann tapped home the rebound after his header was blocked.
The hosts roared back as defender Kevin Akpoguma headed in the equaliser four minutes later.
Hoffenheim took the lead on half an hour when a superb Andrej Kramaric long ball was met by Danish forward Jacob Bruun Larsen, who scored his second goal in as many games.
Awoniyi rescued a point for Union two minutes after the break by volleying home at the second attempt after his initial shot was parried.
Union finished with ten men as defender Marvin Friedrich was dismissed in added time for a second booking and misses next Sunday’s home game against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Later, champions Bayern Munich host Cologne with club captain Manuel Neuer fit after shaking off a leg injury from Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
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