Bayern Munich bounce back from their humiliating thrashing in midweek to score FIVE themselves as Robert Lewandowski and Co douse any hopes of a Union Berlin comeback in their seven-goal thriller
- Lewandowski got off to an electric start, hitting a first-half brace for the visitors
- Bayern then raced into a 3-0 lead when Leroy Sane scored before the break
- Niko Giesselmann pulled a goal back for the hosts on the stroke of half-time
- Coman restored Bayern’s three-goal cushion to put them back in control
- However, Union Berlin responded again as Ryerson pulled another back
- But Thomas Muller made sure there was no comeback with a 79th-minute goal
Robert Lewandowski scored twice in Bayern Munich’s 5-2 victory at Union Berlin on Saturday as the German champions bounced back from their shock midweek German Cup exit to stay top of the Bundesliga.
The Pole struck with a 15th-minute penalty and then hammered in a free kick for his 12th goal of the campaign, with Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Thomas Mueller also on target in a rollercoaster encounter.
The Bavarians, who stunningly lost 5-0 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday in their heaviest German Cup loss ever, moved up to 25 points in first place.
Robert Lewandowski scored a brace as Bayern Munich romped to a 5-2 win over Union Berlin
The Pole broke the deadlock from the penalty spot to give Bayern an early lead
Lewandowski then superbly doubled the lead with a brilliantly-struck free-kick
The brace takes Lewandowski’s tally in the Bundesliga to 12 goals from 10 games this season
UNION BERLIN: (3-5-2) Luthe; Jaeckel, Knoche, Baumgartl; Trimmel (Ryerson 64), Haraguchi (Mohwald 75), Khedria, Promel (Teuchert 64), Giesselmann; Becker (Voglsammer 75), Awoniyi (Behrens 64)
SUBS NOT USED: Ronnow (GK); Friedrich, Oczipka, Oztunali
GOALS: Giesselmann (43); Ryerson (65)
BOOKINGS: Jaeckel (14)
COACH: Urs Fischer
BAYERN MUNICH: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Stanisic (Pavard 69), Sule, Hernandez (Upamecano 69), Davies; Kimmich, Tolisso (Sabitzer 69); Coman (Gnabry 80), Muller, Sane (Musiala 62); Lewandowski
SUBS NOT USED: Fruchtl (GK); Nianzou, Richards, Roca
GOALS: Lewandowski (15 PEN, 23); Sane (35); Coman (61)
BOOKINGS: Sule (30)
COACH: Dino Toppmoller (Julian Nagelsmann out with Covid)
REFEREE: Harm Osmers
MAN OF THE MATCH: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
VENUE: Stadion An der Alten Forsterei (Berlin)
Borussia Dortmund, winners 2-0 over Cologne, are on 24 in second place while sensational Freiburg, playing their best ever season so far, beat Gruether Fuerth 3-1 to occupy third spot a further two points behind.
Lewandowski opened his side’s account in the 15th minute with a spot kick and added a second eight minutes later before Sane made it 3-0 in the 35th, with Bayern, who face Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, keen to prove their Cup loss was just a blip.
But the Berliners were far from done and pulled one back in the 43rd through Nico Giesselmann.
Union’s Sheraldo Becker then put the ball in the net once more two minutes later but was ruled narrowly offside.
Leroy Sane added a third for Bayern to put them in cruise control 10 minutes before the break
However, Niko Giesselmann pulled a goal back for Union Berlin on the stroke of half-time
Kingsley Coman restored Bayern’s three-goal cushion to put them back in control
And after another spirited comeback from Union, Thomas Muller made sure of the points
It was the hosts who got off to a better start after the break, with Bayern’s defence looking fragile and Becker and Taiwo Awoniyi time and again finding the space to threaten.
Bayern, however, struck against the run of play with Coman thumping the ball in from a tight angle just past the hour to settle the nerves somewhat.
But again Union refused to surrender, cutting the deficit once more with Julian Ryerson four minutes later before finally Mueller delivered the killer blow in the 79th.