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

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport

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 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
Benjamin Pavard hugged David Alaba after scoring - which went against Bundesliga guidelines

Players and coaches were 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.

"We are happy to have controlled the game and to have brought the three points home," said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.

"In games without fans the minutes are very long until the final whistle."

Substitutes
Substitutes wore masks and sat apart in the otherwise empty stand

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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Christopher Trimmel.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Substitution

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

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Keven Schlotterbeck.

  20. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Keven Schlotterbeck.

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2B Dortmund26166472333954
3B Mgladbach26164652312152
4RB Leipzig26149363273651
5B Leverkusen25145645301547
6Wolfsburg2610973631539
7Freiburg2610793536-137
8Schalke2691073340-737
9Hoffenheim26105113546-1135
10Köln26103134147-633
11Hertha Berlin2687113548-1331
12Union Berlin2693143243-1130
13Frankfurt2584133944-528
14Augsburg2676133754-1727
15Mainz2683153655-1927
16Düsseldorf2658132750-2323
17Werder Bremen2446142755-2818
18Paderborn2645173054-2417
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