Unknown Nigerian scores and assists for Mainz in Bundesliga

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Relatively unknown Nigerian-born Austria forward Karim Onisiwo was on the scoresheet for German Bundesliga side Mainz as they beat visitors Freiburg 5-0 on Friday night.

 

Onisiwo’s goal in the 73rd minute took the game beyond Freiburg as the scores were 4-0 at that point.

The 26-year-old forward played for Austrian side SV Matterburg before he joined Mainz.

He has a cap for Austria as he played in a friendly game against Switzerland in 2015.

It initially looked like it was going to be another disappointing outing for the hosts as Freiburg seized the initiative early on, twice going close through long-range efforts from Pascal Stenzel. However, the tide turned in Mainz’s favour when a miscued clearance from visiting goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow landed at the feet of Jean-Paul Boetius, who curled a first-time effort into the unguarded net from 30 yards out. With Freiburg stunned, Mainz took full advantage and Boetius soon teed up Jean-Philipp Mateta for the side’s second, before the French forward lashed in a third from close range to give the home team comfortable 3-0 lead at the interval.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Freiburg emerged from the changing room with renewed vigour and almost clawed their way back into the game. Onisiwo was sent on to the pitch for Pierre Kunde in the 55th minute.

Onisiwo turned his marker inside the box and rifled home the fourth goal of the game. Mateta crowned a clinical display with a superb diving header in the closing stages, completing his hat-trick and lifting Mainz above their visitors in the table.

The Nigerian-born forward was involved in two of his side’s five goals as Mainz overcame Freiburg.

Forgotten Super Eagles striker Anthony Ujah was benched for the full match duration.

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