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Bundesliga 2020 Highlights: Bayern restore four-point lead after win over Union Berlin

Bundesliga 2020, Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Highlights: The Bavarians won their fifth match on the trot and now lead the table with 58 points from 26 matches.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 18, 2020 8:05:18 am
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Bundesliga 2020, Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Highlights: Bayern Munich picked up from where they left off as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Union Berlin at Stadion An der Alten Försterei on Sunday.

After a slow start, Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead from the penalty spot after Leon Goretzka was fouled inside the box. Deep into the second half, Benjamin Pavard took the game out of the hosts’ hands with an accurate header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross. The Bavarians won their fifth match on the trot and now lead the table with 58 points from 26 matches.

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Bundesliga 2020, Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin Highlights:

23:28 (IST)17 May 2020
FT | Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern trot their way to their eighth successive title with their fifth league win on the bounce after they countered the threat of a gritty Union Berlin throughout the match. Goals from Robert Lewandowski (40') and Benjamin Pavard (80') proved to be enough for the league leaders to restore their four-point lead over the second-placed Dortmund.

23:21 (IST)17 May 2020
90' Kroos troubles Neuer

Right before the 90th minute, Union charge themselves up for an attack and Felix Kroos has a shot at goal. His left-footed attempt is deftly parried away by Neuer. Late scare there for Bayern.

23:19 (IST)17 May 2020
88' Kroos (not that one) fouls Coman

Toni Kroos' younger brother Felix is on as a substitute, and he brings down Coman as the Frenchman was trying to skip past the German. From the resulting free-kick Bayern take the ball right to the right-sided corner flag and try to keep the ball there to count down the minutes. Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic is on for Serge Gnabry.

23:15 (IST)17 May 2020
Pavard the bogey player for Union?
23:12 (IST)17 May 2020

Commentator's curse much? Bayern have doubled their lead now as Kimmich's corner is headed home deftly by Benjamin Pavard. Downwards and to the right of the goalkeeper. Game over or are there some twists in the tale?

23:11 (IST)17 May 2020
79' Gnabry comes close

Gnabry gets Bayern's second shot on target of the match and it hits the goalkeeper right on his knee. But ever since Coman has come on, things have slightly looked a bit exciting. Slightly. Union still toothless. Into the final ten minutes now. 

23:02 (IST)17 May 2020
70' Substitutions galore

Bayern are slowly and slowly moving upwards collectively as a team, showing signs that they want to put the game to bed with a second goal because Union can get back into the game with just one goal. The home side has made two substitutions, bringing in two first-team regulars... Christian Gentner and their top-scorer Sebastian Andersson. Change in the tide, maybe? For Bayern, Kingsley Coman comes on for Goretzka.

22:53 (IST)17 May 2020
62' Pavard-Kimmich playing excellently

Without Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich wouldn't have made the right flank theirs though as his industrious performance alongside Kimmich in the midfield has helped Bayern maintain control of the match from that flank. Still no genuine chances in the match though. Union did put in a cross though seconds back but to no avail.

22:48 (IST)17 May 2020
56' All a bit scrappy for a while

Apart from a blocked Lewandowski header which won Bayern a corner, the game has been lacking in chances. Both the teams are progressing with the ball only to gift it to the goalkeeper. Bayern still in the driving seat of the fixture though.

22:42 (IST)17 May 2020
50' All Bayern since restart

The second half begins and it has been a repeat of the final five minutes of the first half. Union are on the ropes since the restart as Serge Gnabry's latest shot is blocked by a defender. Union's Keven Schlotterbeck catches Leon Goretzka and gets himself booked.

22:25 (IST)17 May 2020
Looking back at the goal from the spot...
22:19 (IST)17 May 2020
HT | Bayern Munich 1-0 Union Berlin

Bayern kept the ball with them for a while, and tried to double the lead with a blocked Muller shot and Pavard rocket too, but in all honesty, they would be happy with the lead considering Union's gritty performance so far. Lewandowski put the champions ahead in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, and now Bayern still have to defend the lead for another 45 minutes. 

22:13 (IST)17 May 2020
40 goals in just 34 games!
22:10 (IST)17 May 2020

No doubt at all! Robert Lewandowski takes a small run up before calmly slotting the ball in the bottom-right of the goal, and puts his team ahead right before half-time. His 26th of the season is the difference between Bayern and the hard-working Union so far.

22:09 (IST)17 May 2020

Subotic brings down Goretzka quite clumsily. The referee is quick to point to the spot.

22:05 (IST)17 May 2020
34' Ujah down on the ground

Union Berlin striker Anthony Ujah is on the field right now as he takes a knock from Neuer. Purely accidental. Meanwhile, players get a break to have a bit of refreshments on the sidelines. The referee soon restarts the match.

22:01 (IST)17 May 2020
30' Bayern yet to assert dominance

From a numerical point of view, Bayern Munich are very much dominating the game with 74% possession, but the game is still in balance. They have had three shots but none on target, and apart from Davies' runs from the left wing, there hasn't been much activity around Lewandowski. Meanwhile, Union is slowly growing into the match.

21:57 (IST)17 May 2020
26' Union fails to capitalise

Free kick for Union, and it was driven in hard and low and they win a corner now. From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared from the near-post and then it finds its way into the hands of Neuer.

21:50 (IST)17 May 2020
19' Goal ruled out

Well, what an anti-climax! As Kimmich swings in a corner, Gnabry's header is turned in on the goalline by the experienced Muller. But after the goal was initially given, the referee took some time to check in with the linesman and ruled the goal out for offside.

21:46 (IST)17 May 2020
16' Union receives the first booking

All that pressing and intensity have resulted into a card as Union's Christopher Lenz chops down Benjamin Pavard. But they have been brilliant in not letting Bayern have the ball for a long period of time. Goalless so far, yet an exciting affair.