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Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller do the damage for Bayern Munich against Union Berlin

Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Thomas Müller had a hand in four goals as Bayern Munich returned to winning ways with an entertaining 5-2 win at Union Berlin.

Union Berlin 2-5 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (pen. 15'), 0-2 Lewandowski 23' (assist: Müller), 0-3 Sane 35' (assist: Müller), 1-3 Gießelmann 43' (assist: Haraguchi), 1-4 Coman 61' (assist: Müller), 2-4 Ryerson 64' (assist: Behrens), 2-5 Müller 79' (assist: Upamecano)

Bayern travelled to the German capital on the back of a 5-0 loss to Borussia Mönchegladbach in the DFB Cup second round, but quickly set about restoring order. Leroy Sane fired off an early warning shot, before Lewandowski sank a penalty following a handball decision against Paul Jaeckel. Lewandowski added a second with a superb free-kick straight off the training ground involving Joshua Kimmich and Müller. The Poland international then showed a sensational piece of control and over-the-shoulder pass for Sane, who was denied by an equally impressive Andreas Luthe save. Sane did add a third when he turned in a Kingsley Coman cross, helped on at the near-post by Müller, but Union hit back late in the half when roaming left-back Niko Gießelmann slapped a well-worked effort past Manuel Neuer. Only the linesman's flag prevented Sheraldo Becker from further reducing the arrears.

The all-out action continued into the second half, with Union asking all the questions and Becker causing Josip Stanisic all manner of problems. The Union forward was twice thwarted by Neuer, either side of whipping a telling pass just out of Taiwo Awoniyi's reach in the Bayern six-yard box. The record champions responded in kind as Müller completed a hat-trick of assists with a through-ball for Coman to lash high past Luthe at his near-post. Union substitutes Kevin Behrens and Julian Ryerson combined to halve the deficit less than three minutes later, but fatigue took its toll and Bayern duly landed the knockout blow. Substitute Dayot Upamecano was allowed to carry the ball a good 50 yards, before laying the ball off for Müller to arrow with unerring accuracy into the top left-hand corner. It remained one-way traffic for the remainder of a thrilling contest played at 100 miles per hour.

Match stats

  • Lewandowski marked his 360th Bundesliga appearance with his 288th and 289th goals. The Bayern striker has scored 51 of his 54 penalty attempts for Bayern.
  • Müller has a league-high seven assists.
  • Sane netted his third Bundesliga goal of the season, adding to his trio of assists.
  • Bayern have scored at least once in their last 57 Bundesliga matches in a row.
  • The record champions' tally of 37 goals after 10 matchdays is a Bundesliga record, but they have not kept a clean sheet away from home in this season's Bundesliga.
  • Union lost a home Bundesliga match for the first time since 19 September 2020.

Watch: Sane: "We had good control of the game"

Line-ups

Union: Luthe - Jaeckel, Knoche, Baumgartl - Trimmel (c) (Ryerson 63'), Khedira, Prömel (Teuchert 64'), Gießelmann - Haraguchi (Möhwald 75') - Becker (Voglsammer 75'), Awoniyi (Behrens 64')
Unused subs: Rönnow, Friedrich, Öztunali, Oczipka
Kruse (foot), Van Drongelen (not included)
Coach: Urs Fischer  

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Stanisic (Pavard 68'), Süle, Hernandez (Upamecano 68'), Davies - Kimmich, Tolisso (Sabitzer 68') - Coman (Gnabry 80'), Müller, Sane (Musiala 62') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Früchtl, Richards, Roca, Nianzou
Out: Choupo-Moting (thigh), Goretzka (ankle), Ulreich (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann

Watch: Toppmöller: "Thomas Müller is very important for us"