Phil Ofosu-Ayeh: Ghanaian defender shines in Aalen draw against leaders Ingolstadt


Ghanaian defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh was influential for VFR Aalen in their 1-1 stalemate against leaders Ingolstadt in the German Bundesliga II on Friday.

The 23-year-old was drafted to his favourite right-back position as they held on to pick a point at home.

Ofosu-Ayeh has been instrumental in the relegation fight of the side with his trademark dashing runs and crosses which created many problems for the visitors.

Both sides cancelled each other out during the opening exchanges, though with Aalen intent of stifling the league leaders and offering little in terms of a threat going forward, the onus was on Ingolstadt to dictate proceedings.

Pascal Groß drew a strong save out of Daniel Bernhardt with a well struck free-kick before finding Stefan Lex, who could only hit the side netting from a tight angle as they sides went in at the break stuck in a stalemate.

Ingostadt came out of the changing rooms with real purpose, but saw their good work come undone when Orhan Ademi was clattered into by Ramazan Özcan, whose fingertips couldn’t prevent Jürgen Gjasula’s penalty finding the back of the net.

The visitors almost produced an immediate response through Alfredo Morales’ header, but drew level in the 77th minute when Mathew Leckie beat his man for pace to fire into the bottom corner, ensuring the league leaders avoided an upset in Aalen.

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