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Union Berlin was defeated by Hertha Berlin in Friday’s Bundesliga derby
Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan from Liverpool, opened the scoring for Union Berlin in Friday’s Berlin derby, but it was not enough to avoid a 3-1 loss to Hertha Berlin.
The Nigerian forward stepped between two defenders and landed a left-foot shot past Alexander Schwolow after Marcus Ingvartsen played in the 20th minute.
However, the contest became much more difficult for Union three minutes later, when Robert Andrich was shown a direct red card, and Hertha turned the fight around in the second period.
Peter Pekarik leveled at six minutes of the second period, before a Krzysztof Piatek double in the three minutes of the second half during the final stages of the match turned the tide in favor of the hosts at the Olympiastadion.
Awoniyi had been retired 20 minutes before Piatek’s double, as Urs Fischer looked to introduce another defensive option on his side.
Jordan Torunarigha and Dodi Lukebakio also featured for Hertha, who rose to 11 points, six of the bottom three.
The loss means Union will miss out on making the top three, although they still remain in sixth place before the rest of the league plays this weekend, and they are the capital’s best performing team so far. season.
The goal means that Awoniyi has already improved last season’s account this period.
During the 2019-20 campaign, while on loan in Mainz, he found the net only once, but already has two goals this season after scoring in the Union’s 2-1 victory in Cologne in late November.
Earlier this weekend, the forward announced his wish to leave Liverpool after failing to get a work permit.
“My dream is to play for Liverpool, but playing for Liverpool is about getting my work permit,” Awoniyi told ESPN. “Without him, I have no chance to discuss playing for Liverpool right now.
“This season it was maybe a bit difficult to make the decision because, honestly, I was hoping to leave for good,” he added.
“Liverpool have been great, they have been very supportive and we always talk to the manager and every time, they tell me to be patient, but the reason I spoke about something permanently this season was that I felt most of the loans The ones I’ve been to, it really hasn’t been the way I want it to be, and I felt like it happened because loan players get less advantage than players from their own club.
“That was what got me thinking, okay, maybe it’s time to find a home with my family.”