SV Mainz 05 of Germany striker, Taiwo Awoniyi and SC Paderborn defender, Jamilu Collins were both in 90 minutes of action for their respective clubs during Saturday’s round of matches in the German Bundesliga, and their teams both ended up with brilliant away results, megasportsarena.com reports.
While Collins put up a yeoman’s show in a game that gave his bottom of the log straggled club some saving grace away to second placed RB Leipzig, Awoniyi could not keep it clean on a personal level, as he went into the referee’s bad book at Commerzbank-Arena, where his side won 2-0 against their hosts, Eintracht Frankfurt.
Mainz’s coach kept faith with Awoniyi despite the striker firing blanks in three consecutive games, after scoring on the first weekend of the restart, and the barren spell continued for the lad on loan from Liverpool of England despite spending 90 minutes on the pitch.
He also received his first ever caution in the German top-flight two minutes after the restart, as Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde netted to fetch a shock away win for Mainz; while Collins got a share of the points at Red Bull Arena, where his relegation-haunted side pulled off a 1-1 draw.
Christian Strohdiek salvaged the day for Collins’ team, as he hit home an injury time goal, after Patrik Schick scored in the 27th minute to put Leipzig ahead in the game that saw the Super Eagles left-back in action for the duration, while England former youth international, Ademola Lookman spent all 90 minutes on the home team’s bench.
Bayern Munich’s Nigerian-born youngster, Joshua Orobosa Zirkzee missed action with the log leaders, who moved closer to the title with a 4-2 win away to Bayer Leverkusen at BayArena, where the Holland under-19 international was a non-playing substitute for the tenth time this season
While Zirkzee watched from the bench, goals from Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski gave The Bavarians victory, even as Lucas Alario opened scoring on 10 minutes and Florian Wirtz closed it in the 89th minute for the hosts.
Lastly, at Merkur Spiel-Arena, Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper, Emil Maduka Okoye was not listed, as his side shared points in a 2-2 draw with TSG Hoffenheim, who had Nigerian-born former Germany under-20 captain, Kevin Akpoguma on their bench all evening long.
Rouwen Hennings bagged a brace for Dusseldorf while Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber replied for Hoffenheim, while the late evening kick-off saw Nigerian-born central defender, Jordan Torunarigha start for Hertha Berlin against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.