Newly promoted Union Berlin hosted the German giants, Bayern Munich, in hopes of pulling off a historic upset.
Things did not go to plan for the home side.
The first shot on goal in the game did come to Union Berlin in the 5th minute all while keeping their defense organized. Things were looking good for Berlin as even a draw would’ve been considered a successful day on the job. Bayern did score off a corner kick in the 17th minute, but it was later ruled out as offside, denying Thomas Muller his seventh goal of the season.
To be fair to Union, the minnows tried to make the most of every attacking scenario they saw themselves in like sending bodies crashing into the box and aiming to send deep balls to threaten Manuel Neuer, Bayern’s goalkeeper. But just like most Bundesliga matches that went down during this week’s matchday, both teams saw themselves take their time to grow into the game.
The relentless attacking positions Bayern threw at Berlin eventually paid off, as the 40th minute saw Neven Subotic foul Leon Goretzka in the penalty box. This then led to Robert Lewandowski scoring the game’s first goal via penalty kick. This goal would be his 26th in 24 Bundesliga matches as he continues to solidify himself as Europe’s best striker.
Although there were four minutes of added time, the score remained 1-0 to Bayern at halftime.
It was more of the same from Bayern at the start of the second half as both Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka came painstakingly close to doubling and tripling their current lead. Still, it was the resounding physicality and defensive efforts that kept Union in the game.
Bayern were their own worst enemies. The second half was cluttered with botched opportunities that only made their side grow with frustration. It was clear that the German giants had rust to shake off.
Fortunately for Bayern, they did find a way to double their lead in the 80th minute thanks to Benjamin Pavard’s headed goal off a corner kick assisted by Joshua Kimmich. The French defender solidified the result of the match for Bayern as Union’s efforts slid down the drain.
The match ended with Bayern victorious at the final whistle, beating Union Berlin 2-0. Bayern Munich’s next match is against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 26th while Union Berlin’s next fixture is against Hertha Berlin on May 22nd.
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