Bayern Munich picked up a comfortable 2-0 victory over Union Berlin on Sunday evening.
A confident penalty from Robert Lewandowski was dispatched powerfully to give Die Roten the lead before half-time. And having dominated possession throughout the game, right-back Benjamin Pavard wrapped up the win with a header from Joshua Kimmich’s corner to secure the three points.
The win means Bayern maintain their four-point lead on top of the Bundesliga, ahead of title rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the game…
Having watched their title rivals Borussia Dortmund romp to a 4-0 victory over Schalke 04, the pressure was on the defending champions to respond with a strong performance of their own…
All eyes on today’s last match between @fcunion_en & @FCBayernUS as Union look to move up to 11th with either a draw or a win. While Bayern look to extend their lead back to four points over Dortmund. Should be a solid matchup in East Berlin #FCUFCB #Bundesliga
— Downtown Bundesliga (@DTSNBundesliga) May 17, 2020
Now onto Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich, pressure on after Dortmund’s win yesterday… #FCUFCB
— Martin Bentley (@themib) May 17, 2020
But it was the hosts who made the better start, with sharp movement and intensity in closing down Die Roten…
Union have started really positively. Was very surprised to see Andersson on the bench, but Ujah’s pace could catch out Bayern’s high line. #FCUFCB
— Marcus (@MarcusDuncomb) May 17, 2020
Bayern still half asleep so far. No rhythm, look slow, poor start. #FCUFCB
— James Jukes (@JamesJukes2) May 17, 2020
But Thomas Müller flicked in a header from Serge Gnabry to put the visitors in front. Or so he thought he had, as he was ruled to have been offside and the goal was disallowed after a VAR check.
— Darren Stock (@StockyD_14) May 17, 2020
Video review says that Mueller was offside, so no goal given to Bayern.
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) May 17, 2020
But they wouldn’t be denied for long, when Neven Subotić fouled Leon Goretzka in his own box to give Die Roten a spot-kick. Step forward Robert Lewandowski, who powerfully drilled the ball past Rafał Gikiewicz to put his team a goal up.
It would prove to be the decisive goal that separated the two sides at half time, with Union Berlin’s good display undone by Lewandowski’s penalty.
— Chris Wright * (@chriswright35) May 17, 2020
Yet an uneventful second half left many fans unsatisfied, and the number of substitutions made with 20 minutes to go had some hoping for an exciting end.
— Jumpers for goalposts (@CoachMikeJG) May 17, 2020
This game’s been a bit dull in my opinion, not as entertaining as the other games this matchday #FCUFCB
— Nischal (@Nischal_SP) May 17, 2020
Some changes finally, and two that we needed: Sebastian Andersson and Christian Gentner in.
— Çetin Cem Yılmaz (@cetincem) May 17, 2020
But a header from Benjamin Pavard got the all-important second goal that seemed to wrap up the win for Bayern.
Pavard makes it 2-0 to Bayern, lovely header that, game over now. #FCUFCB
— Cam (@ProxyLFC) May 17, 2020
Pavard has been outstanding. Great game by him both ways. #FCUFCB
— John Dillon @ BFW (@johnndillon) May 17, 2020
That proved to be the final act of what ended up being a comfortable victory for Bayern, as they maintained their four-point lead on top of the Bundesliga.
Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern
Professional display from FCB, quality shone through. FCU battled hard and had their chances, a little more clinical and it could have been a different story. You could see they missed their fans, the 12th man.#FCUFCB #Bundesliga
— Antonio Mango (@AntonioMango4) May 17, 2020
Tough for Union, they had a go but Bayern’s class filtered through in the end. Berlin is blue for the moment, Hertha move ahead of Union by one point, next match for both? The Berlin derby. Bayern pull four clear of Dortmund, with the two meeting on May 26 #FCUFCB 0:2
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 17, 2020