Bayern Munich made light work of Union Berlin as Robert Lewandowski’s two goals helped the Bundesliga champions win 4-0 on Saturday.
Kingsley Coman and Tanguy Nianzou gave Bayern control before Lewandowski scored on both sides of the break, taking his season tally to 31.
Union have created opportunities on the counter, thanks in particular to the lively Taiwo Awoniyi, but have already scored nine goals in two games against Bayern this season.
The result brings Julian Nagelsmann’s side one step closer to their tenth straight title on the day Bayern overtook Werder Bremen as the side with the most Bundesliga appearances, with 1,935 games.
Awoniyi fired a cross from the right and Union regretted the mistake when Nianzou headed it into Joshua Kimmich’s corner.
Coman went wild with a wide-open goal but the unbridled hosts made the third on the brink of half-time, Lewandowski calmly firing from the penalty spot after being hit by Luthe.
The Bundesliga top scorer needed just two minutes to double after the restart, taking advantage of Jamal Musiala’s cut.
Awoniyi forced Lucas Hernandez open the goal line as the visitors sought the consolation goal, before Serge Gnabry managed to apply the finishing touch after a good play following an excellent attacking display from Bayern.
What does that mean? Bayern complete slide to bolster title chances
Bayern’s quest for another Bundesliga title has come to a halt in recent weeks with back-to-back draws.
Those results bolstered Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of a genuine title challenge, but Bayern’s dominating victory kept them from going three Bundesliga games without a win for the first time since November 2018 and gave them seven points. ahead of their rivals.
Scoring goal for Lewandowski
Lewandowski’s 45th-minute penalty saw him score 30 Bundesliga goals during the campaign, a record he has already achieved on five occasions.
In the history of the Bundesliga, only the legendary Gerd Muller has achieved this feat as many times as Lewandowski. Meanwhile, every other player in Bundesliga history has only reached the 30-goal mark on a combined five times.
Union haunted by the prolific Pole
Facing Bayern is hard enough, but it’s mostly Lewandowski that the Union will be happy to see behind.
He scored in each of his five Bundesliga games against them (a total of seven goals).
What is the next?
After the international break, Bayern will resume the fight for the title by traveling to Freiburg, while the Union will host Cologne in their next game the day before.