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Super Eagles star Taiwo Awoniyi shines as Union Berlin run riot at Freiburg

Super Eagles star Taiwo Awoniyi shines as Union Berlin run riot at Freiburg

The 24-year-old delivered another impressive performance as the Iron Ones stay in contention to qualify for Europe for next season.

Urs Fischer’s men needed to keep up their hopes of qualifying for Europe for the second consecutive this season. The Iron Ones did just that with a comprehensive victory at Europa-Park Stadium, with Awoniyi playing a part in it.

Surprisingly, Freiburg had the large share of the ball, with a staggering 71% ball possession. However, it was Union that started brightly as they took the lead through Grischa Prömel in the 11th-minute.

Christopher Trimmel made it two in the 30th-minute, finishing off a ball from Sheraldo Becker. Awoniyi then made his contribution as he set up Becker for Union’s third in the 41st-minute.

Freiburg pulled one back through Lucas Holer a minute before the hour mark to give Freiburg a little hope. However, Fischer reacted by taking off Awoniyi for Kevin Behrens. Although he did not score, Awoniyi showed his quality, firing one shot on target and hitting the woodwork on one occasion.

Despite Freiburg’s attempt to pull another goal back, Union did well to hold on to their lead. The away side added gloss to the scoreline when András Schafer added a fourth in the 89th-minute.

The result means Union stay in the sixth position with 54 points, one behind Freiburg in the fourth spot. As of now, Urs Fischer’s men will qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League. However, they could still qualify for the Champions League if Leipzig and Freiburg fail to win their remaining games and they win their last match at home to Bochum next weekend.

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