Bayern Munich cruise to comfortable win against Union Berlin

Bayern Munich rounded off a good week with a comfortable 5-1 win against Union Berlin on matchday 30 of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich players celebrating after scoring goal against Union Berlin.
Bayern Munich players celebrating after scoring goal against Union Berlin. / Luciano Lima/GettyImages

After sealing a spot in the Champions League semi-final, Bayern Munich ended the week with a routine win against Union Berlin. The record Bundesliga champions scored five goals in 66 minutes to claim all three points. Union Berlin managed to get a consolation goal in added time.

Thomas Tuchel made several changes to the starting XI that featured against Arsenal. Jamal Musiala was rested for the game, while Thomas Muller, Mathys Tel, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting started in the attack. Aleksandar Pavlovic returned to the starting XI, while Kim Min-jae replaced Matthijs de Ligt in the heart of defense.

It was an eventful start, as both sides had ample opportunities to break the deadlock. Bayern looked vulnerable whenever Union Berlin hit them on the counter. Several changes in the starting XI meant Die Roten needed some time to wrestle control of the game.

The deadlock was eventually broken through a well-worked team goal by Bayern in the 29th minute. After coming inside from the right flank, Mathys Tel drilled a pass through the box to find the run of Leon Goretzka. The German midfielder hammered the ball past the goalkeeper.

After opening the scoring, Bayern controlled the possession and created chances to double the lead. The second goal eventually came at the end of the second half when Harry Kane blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a free-kick outside the box. The English forward notched up his 40th goal of the season.

The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Bayern run riot. Muller was the chief architect of the home side's downfall. The German forward scored twice during this phase. Mathys Tel scored Bayern's fourth goal after receiving a perfectly weighted pass from Kane. Union Berlin struggled to keep up with Die Roten's intensity at both ends of the pitch during the second half.

Manuel Neuer's quiet evening was disrupted by Union Berlin in added time. A well-worked move from the home side allowed Yorbe Vertessen to score a consolation goal. Apart from conceding the late goal, it was a perfect evening for the Bavarian club.

Thomas Tuchel will be pleased to see the team build on the performance against Arsenal. He will be relieved that none of his players suffered an injury against Union Berlin. The win against Union Berlin further cemented Die Roten's position in the points table. Before the crucial games against Real Madrid, Bayern will prepare for the clash against Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday.