Updated on December 12, 2020, 8:45 p.m.
FC Bayern Munich has not been on the defensive that quickly for over a year: In the fourth minute of the game, Union Berlin shows how serious they mean business – and they keep Munich under control for a long time. Until Robert Lewandowski finally redeemed FCB.
FC Bayern is just a hair’s breadth missed defeat. On the 11th matchday of the Bundesliga, the German champions did not get beyond a 1: 1 (0: 1) at 1. FC Union Berlin. The Eiserne even gained the better opportunities on Saturday evening and could have taken all three points from the Munich team. Grischa Prömel already brought the committed hosts early in the lead (4th minute). Bayern’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski equalized (67th). The guests did not make the winning goal, but initially stayed with 24 points League leader in front of the tied RB Leipzig. Bayer Leverkusen could overtake TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday with a win.
“It will take a lot of courage,” had Union-Coach Fischer announced – and started doing it myself. The Swiss never prescribed a wall tactic to his team, but one disciplined defensive. And offensive, the Berliners surprised the reigning Champions League winner right at the start. After 52 seconds popped up Taiwo Awoniyi alone in front of Manuel Neuer, he steered with his hand National goalkeeper the ball still around the post.
First Bundesliga goal for Trimmel
Almost three minutes later, after captain Christopher Trimmel’s corner, midfielder Prömel was more on the ball than Robert Lewandowski and headed into the far corner. It was the first Bundesliga goal for the 25-year-old, who won the Olympic silver medal in 2016 together with Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka, among others.
For the recklessly operating Bavaria It was the fifth 0-1 deficit in a Bundesliga game in a row and at the same time the fastest since October of the previous year as well already the 17th goal this season. “If Bayern takes off their lederhosen”, it rang out from the forest in front of the stadium, where some fans supported the Union professionals in the fan-orphaned stadium An der Alten Försterei.
The guests took control of the ball, but had a hard time against the Unioner who skillfully narrowed the space. And after a counterattack initiated by the fast offensive player Sheraldo Becker Liverpool-Leihgabe Awoniyi actually have to achieve the 2-0. The young striker had already danced David Alaba as the last Bayern defender, but then shot just wide of the Bayern goal.
Union keeper long unemployed
The favorite tried to find gaps in the Union defense with long ball passages – without success for a long time. Lewandowski was also unlucky for a long time in his 200th Bundesliga game. The Pole, who was nominated for the election of world footballer, put a free kick into the wall from the best position 20 meters in front of the Union housing (45th + 1). Alaba aimed just wide (33rd). Had to intervene correctly Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe only once against Gnabry (43rd) in the first hour.
The Pressure from Bavaria but got bigger after the break. The hosts stuck to their line, although the Dane who was called up in the Max Kruse role Marcus Ingvartsen had to leave the pitch injured early. They defended skillfully and continued to bet offensive pinpricks. Awoniyi came just too late (56th). And a shot by Marius Bülter was blocked at the last second (62nd). This is the only way to keep Bayern in the game. After Luthe had reacted really well against Thomas Müller (66th), Lewandowski shot to his after a good preparatory work by Kingsley Coman 13th goal of the season a.
The Munich team, who had to do without defense chief Niklas Süle (knee injury) in Berlin, are now pressing for the decision with substitute Leroy Sané. But the team of coach Hansi Flick lacked the final determination, Luthe scratched one in the final phase Sané header from the line (89.). (best / dpa)
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