The 24-year-old scored his second goal in his last three games but the Iron Ones were denied a vital win in their clash against Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men.
Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi maintained his position as the highest scoring Nigerian in Europe’s top five leagues this season after he scored in Union Berlin’s 1-1 draw with VFB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga clash between the two sides at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Saturday afternoon.
Awoniyi celebrates with his teammates
Awoniyi, who was not included in the latest Super Eagles squad for the games against Ghana, responded to the snub with a strike from the spot.
Union went into the game, looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg last weekend.
The home side started better, with Niko Giesselmann testing Florian Muller with a left-footed shot.
Urs Fischer’s men continued to dominate the game, but were again denied by Muller in their search for the opener.
However, with five minutes to go before half time, their dominance eventually paid off as they were awarded a penalty.
Awoniyi stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, and he converted successfully with a ice-cold finish.
Awoniyi scores from the spot
It was Awoniyi’s second goal since he returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and his 11th league goal in 23 appearances this season.
Awoniyi’s goal ensured Union went into the break with the lead. The second half resumed with Union trying to double their advantage.
Awoniyi was involved in almost every attacking move Union made, making two key passes before he was taken off in the 73rd minute.
However, despite their dominance, Union could not find the second goal and they were made to pay for it as Saša Kalajdžić’s 90th-minute strike secured an unlikely point for Stuttgart.
The result means Union stay in seventh place with 38 points from 26 games.