Union Berlin's Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin v Union Berlin at the Olympic stadium in Berlin on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / various sources / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)



Nigerian international, Taiwo Awoniyi scored his second goal for German Bundesliga side, Union Berlin in their 3-1 loss to city rivals Hertha Berlin, reports.


Handed just his 5th start of the campaign, the Liverpool loanee lead the line alongside Max Kruse with the visitors hoping to break into the top four with a win.


That which did not take long as the impressive Awoniyi broke the deadlock after just twenty minutes when he squeezed his shot past Alexander Schwolow following an assist from Marcus Ingvarsten to make it 1-0.


However, the night got sour for the visitors three minutes later as they were reduced to 10 men following a straight red card handed to midfield Robert Andries with Union Berlin playing the remainder of the half with a man disadvantage.


A man up and a goal down, the hosts made two quick substitutes at the break and deservedly pulled level moments later when Peter Prakarik converted and Awoniyo replaced afterwards.


Two further quick-fire goals from Piatez then ensured Awoniyi and his teammates slipped to their second defeat of the campaign after a comprehensive 3-1 loss.