Jeremie Frimpong made a name for himself at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The candidate for a place in the selection of Orange scored twice during the 0-3 away match against FSV Mainz. Former Eredivisie attacker Sheraldo Becker also helped Union Berlin with two goals to an away victory.
Leverkusen took the lead in Mainz thanks to Exequiel Palacios, after which Frimpong had the floor before half-time. The fast 21-year-old right-back crowned his attacking impulses with a goal twice. In the final phase, both Mitchel Bakker and Piero Hincapié got yellow and therefore red at Leverkusen.
With his leading role, Frimpong is an explicit candidate for a place in the pre-selection of Orange three months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, which will be announced on Friday. The Netherlands will play in the Nations League against Poland and Belgium at the end of next month.
Ghana-born Frimpong already belonged to the preliminary selection of national coach Louis van Gaal in March. Shortly afterwards, however, he suffered a serious ankle injury, as a result of which his season was over and he could forget a place in Orange for the time being.
Thanks in part to the contribution of Frimpong, who was taken over from Celtic for 11 million euros a year and a half ago, Leverkusen booked the first season victory after three defeats.
Former Eredivisie players help Union Berlin
Surinamese international Becker also made a name for himself. The former player of PEC Zwolle and ADO Den Haag helped Union Berlin with two hits (one before and one after the break) to a 1-5 win over Schalke 04. Former sc Heerenveen midfielder Morten Thorsby also scored; former Vitessenaar Danilho Doekhi was the declarant.
At least his club is in the lead for a while. Union can be passed again later in the day by Bayern Munich, which plays at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach from 6.30 pm.
Furthermore, thanks to two goals from Christopher Nkunku, RB Leipzig was 2-0 too strong for VfL Wolfsburg, which started with Micky van de Ven. Jean-Paul Boëtius could not save Hertha BSC from a 0-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund (goal: Anthony Modeste).
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