LEWANDOWSKI SENDS BAYERN TOP
Solid effort from Union, but Bayern had too much quality in the end. Lewandowski is now on 13 Bundesliga goals for the season, and 19 in all competitions - can anyone stop him?!
WHAT A SAVE!
Gikiewicz with a quite brilliant flying save to keep out Leon Goretzka's bullet header. Perhaps he'll treat himself to a slice of birthday cake, after all. The Union players are on their feet...
Moments after Lewandowski has a goal ruled out for offside, Sebastian Polter sends Neuer the wrong way from the spot to set up a grandstand finish...
SHOULD BE TWO!
Lovely interchange between Lewandowski and Gnabry. It looks for all the world like Gnabry will score, but a Union defender does just enough to put him off and the ball goes wide.
CHANCE GONE FOR UNION
Union power forward with Sheraldo Becker. He has men to his left, but it's neither a cross nor a shot in the end as the ball whistles wide of Neuer's goal. Polter was arriving - if only Becker looked up.
ALMOST TWO FOR LEWY
Lewandowski catches a deep cross really well on his left foot, but Gikiewicz gets down well to make the save. Great technique from the Bayern striker. Is there anything he can't do?! hps://twitter.com/Bundesliga_EN/status/118810398879899648
NEUER SAVES ANDERSSON PENALTY!
The referee points to the penalty spot for a handball against Jerome Boateng. Sebastian Andersson steps up and hits it well, but Neuer reads it all the way and gets two strong hands behind it to make the stop.
HISTORIC LEWANDOWSKI GOAL
Lewy gets his goal! Alphonso Davies drives forward with purpose and finds the feet of Bayern's No.9. There's a stroke of luck as the ball cannons off a Union shirt, but Lewy still has work to do. He makes it look easy, finishing with aplomb to continue his run of scoring in every game this season. In doing so, he breaks former Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record for goals in consecutive games to start a league campaign.
Chances at both ends early in the first half as Christopher Lenz tests Manuel Neuer. Bayern break at speed with Kingsley Coman, but the Frenchman doesn't get enough draw on his right-footed strike and the ball sails harmlessly wide.
NARROW BAYERN LEAD
Union have held their own for long periods, but Benjamin Pavard's sweetly struck effort gives Bayern the half-time lead. Not the rollover many expected...
Philippe Coutinho bursts inside from the left and drives goalwards. The ball takes a deflection of Friedrich, but it's a routine save for Gikiewicz. Was probably going wide, in all fairness.
Marcus Ingvartsen controls well under pressure from Bayern's two centre-backs. He shifts inside, before curling narrowly wide of Manuel Neuer's right-hand post. Looked for a second like the Bayern No.1 was panicking, but he had it covered.
Alphonso Davies is caught at at left-back. Jerome Boateng doesn't fully clear his lines as Felix Kroos lashes the loose ball goalwards, but it hits a red shirt and Bayern survive.
Bayern are really growing in confidence as Thomas Müller stings the palms of Gikiewicz. The Bayern No.25 hasn't scored in his last 17 Bundesliga matches...
Robert Andrich picks up a booking for a rash challenge on Thiago. Philippe Coutinho bends the ensuing free-kick goalwards, but Gikiewicz makes the catch. Just as well he did - Lewandowski was lying in wait, just waiting for the mistake.
BAYERN THREATEN AGAIN
Kingsley Coman does really well to hook a raking ball back into the dangerzone at full stretch. Robert Lewandowski is arriving at the near post, but he can't quite climb high enough to make the telling connection.
PAVARD, YOU BEAUTY!
Bayern take the lead with their first shot on goal. Union only half clear a Joshua Kimmich free-kick. Benjamin Pavard takes the ball on the half volley, making the sweetest connection to bring up his second Bayern goal in the Bundesliga. Shades of hs 2018 FIFA World Cup Goal of the Tournament.
From a defensive standpoint, Bayern have made their worst start to a season in 10 years, conceding 10 goals in their first eight league matches. Their only clean sheets came in victories over Schalke and promoted Cologne.
Rafal Gikiewicz fumbles a Kingsley Coman cross, before gathering at the second attempt. The Union stopper turns 32 today - has he been at the birthday buttercream already?
REDS VS. WHITES
Bayern are all in red, Union decked head-to-toe in white. Can the visitors spring another surprise?
Manuel Neuer is set to make his 350th competitive appearance since joining Bayern from Schalke in summer 2011. The Bayern and Germany goalkeeper has kept 182 Bundesliga clean sheets in that time.
There is precedent for a shock in Munich. Bayern lost 2-1 to Hoffenheim in their last home match, and were held to a 2-2 draw by Augsburg last weekend. There's also the little matter of Union's stonking win over title contenders Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 2. The Berliners recorded an historic 3-1 victory - their first at Germany's top table.
FISCHER WANTS TO RUFFLE SOME BAYERN FEATHERS
"There's always a chance," said Union coach Urs Fischer before the game. "It'll be very difficult if Bayern put in a top performance, vut it also depends on our display: we want to make life as difficult as possible for them. Our plan is to put them under pressure and force mistakes. I think we have a chance if we make it difficult for them."
MÜLLER AND COUTINHO
It wasn't all that long ago that Kovac said playing Thomas Müller and Philippe Coutinho in the same side would be "too attacking". They started the 3-2 win over Olympiacos, though, and retain their places at the Allianz Arena today. The game marks Müller's first Bundesliga start since the Matchday 4 draw in Leipzig. He's not scored in the league this season, but does have a couple of assists in the bag. A third would take him onto 100 in the Bundesliga, making him the first player to achieve a three-digit number of top-flight assists since detailed data collection began in 2004/05. Coutinho has tallied two goals and three assists in his seven Bundesliga outings since swapping Barca for Bayern earlier this summer.
LEWANGOALSKI ON FIRE
Robert Lewandowski will break former Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record for goals in consecutive games to start a league campaign if he adds to his 12 strikes this weekend. The Bayern striker has scored in every single Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League game so far this season, his midweek brace against Olympiacos taking him onto 18 goals in 13 competitive outings. No one in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more - not this season, not even this calendar year (34).
FULL BUNDESLIGA DEBUT FOR DAVIES
Bayern coach Niko Kovac springs a surprise by naming Alphonso Davies in his starting line-up at the expense of David Alaba. The Canadian teenager has made 10 Bundesliga appearances since joining Bayern from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019, but this will be his first start. Thomas Müller keeps his place in midfield alongside Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho, while Ivan Perisic comes in for Serge Gnabry, who is only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Neven Subotic goes straight into the Union side after missing last week's 2-0 win over Freiburg through injury. The Serbian is one of two changes made by coach Urs Fischer. Midfielder Felix Kroos also starts, with Michael Parensen making way. Subotic has faced Bayern more than any other club in his career, winning five, drawing three and losing 10 of his meetings with the record champions.
BAYERN STARTING LINE-UP
Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Pavard, Boateng, Davies – Thiago – Coman, Müller, Coutinho, Perisic – Lewandowski
Ulreich, Cuisance, Goretzka, Gnabry, Tolisso, Alaba, Mai
UNION STARTING LINE-UP
Gikiewicz – Trimmel (c), Friedrich, Subotic, Lenz – Gentner, Kroos, Andrich – Ingvartsen, Bülter - Andersson
Nicolas, Ryerson, Mees, Polter, Ujah, Schmiedebach, Becker, Parensen, Schlotterbeck
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