Union Berlin FC of Germany striker, Anthony Ujah popped back into the spotlight with a goal last weekend, just as SC Paderborn left-back, Jamilu Collins also hit target in the latest round of matches in the German Bundesliga, but they both ended up in defeat at home, megasportsarena.com reports.
Collins could not get total satisfaction for the result from his first goal in Die Bundesliga, as his side fell 3-2 against visiting Bayern Munich, while Ujah’s maiden hit on target this season was also not good enough to prevent Union Berlin from a fourth loss of the campaign by their guests from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ujah, who joined Berlin as a free agent this summer, started from the bench for the second time this campaign, but soon entered the fray after both sides failed to hit the net in a relatively quiet first 45 minutes, until the visitors broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart.
Bas Dost put Frankfurt 1-0 up before Andre Silva made it 2-0 two minutes after the hour mark to leave the host with a big task to snatch a point, after which Ujah got off Union Berlin’s bench in the 66th minute for Manuel Schmiedebach and grabbed a late consolation four minutes from time when he showed great composure to slam home a lovely cutback by Sheraldo Becker.
The result left Berlin on 14th position with just four points from their opening six matches, while Collins’ Paderborn stay bottom of the log, following their gallant yet futile efforts against Bayern, who now lead the Bundesliga – having picked up points in all league fixtures so far this season.
The Bavarians, though, could not put up a dominant outing against Steffen Baumgart’s team, then faced a tough struggle when Collins halved the deficit with six minutes remaining, after firing home a superb long-range shot, but Bayern held on to get all three points and return to the top of the pile after previous leaders RB Leipzig came unstuck at home to Schalke.
Whiole Collins and his side put up a battling fight, it was the reigning champions that dominated from the whistle at Benteler Arena and both Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho wasted early chances.
Left-winger Kingsley Coman also failed to capitalise on an opportunity, lacking the accuracy to convert a one-on-one with Paderborn goalkeeper Jannik Huth.
After 15 minutes and several near misses, right winger Serge Gnabry eventually connected with a Coutinho cross to give Bayern the advantage.
That advantage nearly disappeared, however, when Thiago Alcantara came close to handing the hosts an equaliser with an own goal.
The scoreline remained unchanged as half-time approached, with Coutinho and Gnabry falling short when presented with chances for a second Bayern goal.
Paderborn then reemerged from the break with conviction, looking threatening in the opening moments of the second half.
But it was Gnabry who took the initiative again, passing to an unmarked Coutinho who neatly put away his first Bundesliga goal from open play to give the Bavarians a two-goal lead.
Gnabry threatened a second goal in the 65th minute but saw his shot comfortably dealt with by Huth.
The hosts fought back and midway through the second half Tunisian midfielder Mohamed Drager found Kai Proger on the right wing and the latter fired a low shot past Neuer to make it 2-1.
The goal seemed to reinvigorate Paderborn, who battled to take control from Niko Kovac’s side as the game neared its conclusion.
Their resurgence was halted in the 80th minute when Lewandowski picked up a Niklas Sule pass and made it 3-1 to Bayern with his 10th goal in six Bundesliga matches.
Muller then linked up with Coutinho to find Gnabry as Bayern pushed to distance themselves from Baumgart’s squad – but the resulting effort was wide.