NIGERIA BORN AKPOGUMA SCORES BUNDESLIGA’S 1,000TH OWN-GOAL

NIGERIA BORN AKPOGUMA SCORES BUNDESLIGA’S 1,000TH OWN-GOAL

Nigerian-born Kevin Akpoguma who captained Germany to beat Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and who has also turned down a request to switch international allegiance to Nigeria has made headlines in Germany – for negative reason.

He scored an own goal in Sunday’s league match of his club, Hoffenheim with Hamburg in what turned a milestone  1,000th goal in the Bundesliga’s history since it started in 1963. The beneficiary is Hamburger SV which defeated Akpoguma’s Hoffenheim 3-0.

Serge Gnabry should have put Hoffenheim ahead in the second minute before Kevin Akpoguma’s own-goal at the other end. Douglas Santos fired in a low cross that Akpoguma turned past his own goalkeeper with Hamburg forward Jann-Fiete Arp lurking just behind.

With five defeats from six away league games so far, Hamburg was banking on points at the Volksparkstadion to stay above the relegation zone following Freiburg’s defeat of Mainz on Saturday.

“It’s important that we become a force at home again,” Hamburg defender Dennis Diekmeier said.

Bobby Wood struck the post for Hamburg after the break, Filip Kostic drew a good save from Oliver Baumann, and the 17-year-old Arp forced an even better one.

Kostic finally scored the side’s second with a quarter-hour remaining. The Serbian midfielder capitalized on a lack of Hoffenheim concentration to fire a quick free kick past the hapless Baumann, who should have saved it.

Gideon Jung completed an afternoon to forget for Hoffenheim late on.

Hamburg stayed two points above Freiburg, which is in the relegation playoff place. Hoffenheim dropped to seventh.

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