Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga defending champions marked their return in the campaign on Sunday as they captured a hard-earned victory over Union Berlin by a margin of 2 goals to nil and extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga points table.
Global footballing action had gone into a standstill after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Bundesliga became the ice-breaker as it resumed its campaign from Saturday. Champions Bayern Munich played their first game after the return on Sunday and to everyone’s surprise, they could only score a couple of goals.
However, they are still on top of the Bundesliga points table and are now 4 points clear pff their rivals and possible title challengers, Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich Lacked The Finishing Touch Against Union Berlin
As and when the game started, no one had expected Union Berlin would be so strong defensively. They showed their defensive strength and resilience against the champions of the league and to much extent, kept Bayern’s threat under control. Although Bayern Munich kept running around the opposition penalty box, they lacked the finishing touch in the end.
This also reflected on the scoresheet as they weren’t able to escape the clutches of Berlin’s defenders until the 39th minute. Bayern Munich received a penalty in the 40th minute and Robert Lewandowski converted it to fire in the first goal for the defending champions. No further goals were scored in the first half and both the teams went into the tunnel at half-time with a 1-0 score.
Bayern Munich Began The Second Half With Much More Intensity
After having returned from a long break, Bayern clearly lacked the intensity in the first half. However, in the second half, they began with much more intent. There were certain runs from the full-backs, Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard. Both of them caused a serious threat to Berlin’s defence time and again.
However, Berlin were determined not to allow Bayern any casual chance of scoring. Their central defenders were on their toes and didn’t allow either Lewandowski or Thomas Muller to get past them. Bayern Munich sealed the win with another set-piece goal when Benjamin Pavard headed the ball into the net in the 85th minute of the game from a corner.
Bayern have now extended their lead on top of the Bundesliga points table. They have maintained their top spot with the win and are currently on the first place with 58 points. Borussia Dortmund are second in the table with 54 points, followed by Borussia Monchengladbach with 52 points.