Bayern Munich: Five takeaways from 5-2 win over Union Berlin

Robert Lewandowski celebrating a goal for Bayern Munich against Union Berlin. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
Robert Lewandowski celebrating a goal for Bayern Munich against Union Berlin. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich shook off their 5-0 mid-week loss to Borussia Monchengladbach with a convincing 5-2 win over Union Berlin. The visitors took a commanding 3-0 lead just 35 minutes into the match and never looked back. Despite two goals from the hosts in the second half, Die Roten was able to answer with two goals of their own.  Here are five takeaways from Bayern’s eighth win of the Bundesliga season.

Bouncing back from a disappointing result

After the shocking defeat to Monchengladbach, Bayern had the best response possible in the first half. Their three goals in 35 minutes displayed they are still the team to beat in the Bundesliga this season. Union Berlin was undefeated at home and this fixture looked like one that Bayern could drop points in, especially after the mid-week defeat. However, Bayern put the disappointment behind them and delivered a top-class performance to remain at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Thomas Muller dishes out assists

Muller produced a fantastic performance on Saturday. The veteran recorded one goal and three assists to help lead Die Roten to victory. This was the first time since the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign that Muller has registered three assists in one match. It was certainly one of the best performances of the season thus far.

Robert Lewandowksi adds to his goal total

Lewandowski’s first-half brace increases his season goal total in the Bundesliga to 12 goals. Impressively, Saturday was his third multi-goal performance of the domestic season. The striker extends his lead in the race for the top scorer spot by three goals and continues to remain on pace for another 30+ goal campaign.

The goals keep coming

According to OptaFranz, Bayern’s 36 goals in their first ten Bundesliga matches are the most goals scored in league history in ten matches played. In eight of these ten matches, Bayern has scored three goals or more which has allowed them to amass an incredible amount of goals scored.

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Bayern breach Union Berlin’s resolute backline

It was a rare occurrence to see Union Berlin concede five goals at home. Entering this match, they had allowed just two goals to be scored against them in home fixtures in all competitions this season. The last time they conceded a goal at home was against Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday Three.

Bayern was the first club this season to score more than one goal against Union Berlin at home and was clinical in their finishing. Last season, Bayern only managed to score one goal against Union Berlin in both of their Bundesliga meetings as their two fixtures ended in 1-1 draws. On Saturday, it was a different story compared to the previous campaign’s results and it was one of the best offensive performances of the current term for Bayern.