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Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich: Champions beat newcomers in empty ground

Robert Lewandowski

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich comfortably beat Union Berlin in another strange game as the league's return continued during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been allowed to restart without fans, most people off the pitch wearing masks and muted goal celebrations.

Robert Lewandowski gave the champions the lead with a penalty - his 40th goal in 34 Bayern games this season.

And Benjamin Pavard headed in a late second from Joshua Kimmich's corner.

Saturday's games gave us an indication of what football games will look like for the foreseeable future, as the Bundesliga became the first elite league to return.

And it was more of the same on Sunday, with substitutes and coaches socially distancing on the bench - including using the front rows of the otherwise empty stands.

The footballs were disinfected by ball-boys and left in certain spots around the pitch, rather than handing them directly to the players.

Even goal celebrations were mostly done without embracing, although Pavard hugged David Alaba after his late goal.

Benjamin Pavard

Players and coaches all quarantined in their team hotels this week, undergoing regular coronavirus testing and only leaving to go to training together.

Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer had to miss this match because he broke quarantine when his father-in-law died.

The lack of fans was a real shame for Union, whose link with their supporters is legendary in Germany.

This is their first ever season in the top flight, with the fixture against Bayern - who have won the past seven Bundesliga titles - always one of the games fans look forward to the most.

Bayern were comfortable winners in the end, despite only having three shots on target.

Thomas Muller had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside before Lewandowski scored the opener following a foul by Neven Subotic on Leon Goretzka.

Pavard's header with 10 minutes to go wrapped up the victory to take them four points above Borussia Dortmund at the top.

Substitutes

Line-ups

Union Berlin

  • 1Gikiewicz
  • 19Hübner
  • 31SchlotterbeckBooked at 51mins
  • 3Subotic
  • 28Trimmel
  • 30AndrichSubstituted forGentnerat 71'minutes
  • 21PrömelSubstituted forKroosat 85'minutes
  • 25LenzBooked at 12mins
  • 32IngvartsenSubstituted forMeesat 81'minutes
  • 11UjahSubstituted forAnderssonat 71'minutes
  • 15BülterSubstituted forRyersonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ryerson
  • 8Mees
  • 9Polter
  • 10Andersson
  • 14Reichel
  • 23Kroos
  • 29Parensen
  • 34Gentner
  • 35Nicolas

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 5Pavard
  • 17Boateng
  • 27Alaba
  • 19DaviesBooked at 36mins
  • 32Kimmich
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forCuisanceat 89'minutes
  • 18GoretzkaSubstituted forComanat 71'minutes
  • 22GnabrySubstituted forPerisicat 85'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Odriozola
  • 11Cuisance
  • 14Perisic
  • 21Hernández
  • 26Ulreich
  • 29Coman
  • 33Mai
  • 35Zirkzee
Referee:
Bastian Dankert

Match Stats

Home TeamUnion BerlinAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 0, FC Bayern München 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 0, FC Bayern München 2.

Attempt missed. Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Lenz (1. FC Union Berlin).

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christopher Trimmel.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Hübner (1. FC Union Berlin).

Attempt saved. Felix Kroos (1. FC Union Berlin) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christopher Lenz.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Michaël Cuisance replaces Thomas Müller.

Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Felix Kroos (1. FC Union Berlin).

Corner, 1. FC Union Berlin. Conceded by Jérôme Boateng.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Julian Ryerson replaces Marius Bülter.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Felix Kroos replaces Grischa Prömel.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Ivan Perisic replaces Serge Gnabry.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Joshua Mees replaces Marcus Ingvartsen.

Goal!

Goal! 1. FC Union Berlin 0, FC Bayern München 2. Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a cross following a corner.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Keven Schlotterbeck.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Keven Schlotterbeck.

Attempt saved. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alphonso Davies.

Attempt missed. Christian Gentner (1. FC Union Berlin) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Christian Gentner (1. FC Union Berlin) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Jérôme Boateng tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christopher Lenz.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Kingsley Coman replaces Leon Goretzka.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Sebastian Andersson replaces Anthony Ujah.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Christian Gentner replaces Robert Andrich.

Corner, 1. FC Union Berlin. Conceded by Benjamin Pavard.

Attempt blocked. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Goretzka.

Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Andrich (1. FC Union Berlin).

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neven Subotic (1. FC Union Berlin).

Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grischa Prömel (1. FC Union Berlin).

Attempt missed. Grischa Prömel (1. FC Union Berlin) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a cross following a corner.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christopher Trimmel.

Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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