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

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    Highlights: Bayern Munich restart their season by beating Union Berlin

    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.

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    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
    • Match Stats
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    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 MunichPossessionHome32%Away68%ShotsHome9Away13Shots on TargetHome2Away3CornersHome4Away9FoulsHome13Away10

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

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