By FRANCO PANIZO
This was not how Alfredo Morales was supposed to begin his time with FC Ingolstadt.
Morales endured a nightmare Ingolstadt debut in the club’s 2. Bundesliga opener on Friday, getting sent off late and being directly responsible for the pair of goals his team conceded in a 2-1 home defeat to FC Erzgebirge Aue.
The 23-year-old Morales, who started the match as a defensive midfielder, first hit an ill-advised backpass that led to Erzgebirge’s opener in the 25th minute. Things then went from bad to worse in the 81st minute, as Morales conceded a penalty kick and was given a straight red card against an Erzgebirge team that had been reduced to 10 men in the 44th minute. The spot kick was converted.
The German-Peruvian-American will now have to sit out next Friday’s match against Kaiserslautern. The next time he will be available for selection in a league game will be on Aug. 10, when Ingolstadt host Karlsruhe.
Shocked by Morales’ nightmare debut? Do you see him bouncing back from this? Expecting him to return to the starting lineup vs. Karlsruhe?
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