A penalty from Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich stroll to a comfortable 2-0 victory at Union Berlin.
Lewandowski dispatched the spot-kick with ease, before Benjamin Pavard sealed the win with a header to secure the three points.
While the hosts made the brighter start, with Marius Bülter the first to have his on-target shot saved by Manuel Neuer, it was Die Roten who thought they had opened the scoring in the early stages. Unfortunately for them, Thomas Müller’s flicked effort was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.
But for all of Union Berlin’s good work, it was all undone by Neven Subotić’s foul on Goretzka in the penalty box. And who else could take it for the defending champions other than Lewandowski, who powerfully drilled home the spot-kick past Rafał Gikiewicz, to put the visitors in front just before half time.
The second half was uneventful, with Bayern content to hold onto possession in the middle third of the pitch, without creating many chances as a result. Grischa Prömel had the hosts’ best chance when he fired wide from outside the box.
And despite Union Berlin’s best efforts, they were unable to keep out Die Roten for a second time, when Benjamin Pavard nodded in a corner from Joshua Kimmich to double the lead in the closing stages.
It wrapped up a pretty comfortable victory for the defending champions, whose superior quality was enough to maintain their four point lead at the top of the table.