Both teams were better in defense rather than attack
It wasn’t until the 13th minute that Bayern Munich had their first shot at goal, courtesy of a stunning strike by Benjamin Pavard that found the back of the net. It wasn’t another 17 minutes or so for Union to get their first shot on goal. Despite two or three lapses in concentration, it was good to see the Bayern backline looking confident for a change.
Both the teams struggled to string together a good run of play in the opposition half and often lost the ball when going forward. Bayern started looking more fluid in attack when the Union players started tiring as the hour mark approached. The Bavarians would have taken the clean sheet if it weren’t for an unnecessary penalty give-away towards the end of the game after Neuer saved the first penalty. Once again, an unnecessary individual mistake led to a conceded goal.
Pavard and Davies had an impressive game
Benjamin Pavard is showing game after game that he has been the best signing of the summer so far. The Frenchman put in a good performance in defense while his wonder volley broke the deadlock to score Bayern’ s opening goal. The silly penalty give-away which turned to goal was the only downside in an otherwise good day at the office for the French National.
Alphonso Davies was a surprise pick in the lineup today at left back. The 18-year-old Canadian seems to have shaken of the newbie nerves. He was calm, composed and held his own going in to duels against a gritty Union Berlin side. All in all a very promising game by the young Davies.
Another day,another goal and another record for Robert Lewandowski
THIS MAN IS ON FIREE!!! Robert Lewandowski has now scored in each of the first nine Bundesliga games of the season, a new record, previously held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for scoring in each of the first 8 games in the 15-16 season for Dortmund.
The 31-year-old center-forward’s moment came in the 53rd minute after a failed interception put ball at his feet following a good run by Alphonso Davies. With only the keeper to beat, the Poland Captain coolly slotted the ball in the corner to score Bayern’s final of the day.
A day where the Keepers came up big
Rafał Gikiewicz and Manuel Neuer made some crucial saves to keep the scoreline at 2-1. The timing of each of the saves could have caused some big shifts in momentum that could have led to Bayern putting in another goal or two to seal the game or to Union equalising or even stealing the game near the end of 90 minutes.