Bayern Munich played its first Bundesliga game in more than two months on Sunday, taking home a 2-0 win in the German capital over Union Berlin. It was a far from convincing performance from the Bavarian giants, but they got the job done with Robert Lewandowski scoring in the first half and Benjamin Pavard wrapping it up in the 80th minute.
The result is well timed as it gives the club some breathing room atop the table with eight games remaining. Second-place Dortmund was a lopsided winner over Schalke on Saturday, as the Bundesliga became the first major European league to return after the coronavirus pandemic halted play. Bayern's win on Sunday puts the club four points ahead of Dortmund.
Here are three takeaways from Bayern's victory over 12th-place Union Berlin:
Dead ball specialists
Bayern dominated possession but the team just wasn't as sharp when it came to creating golden chances and putting them on frame. Bayern had just four shots on goal -- the lowest mark for the club since a 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig back on Feb. 9.
To compensate for that, Bayern players needed to find another way to break through. They did it via dead ball situations. Lewandowski's opener came 40 minutes in from a penalty kick:
And Pavard's goal in the 80th minute was a fine header off of a corner from Joshua Kimmich:
In the end, it wasn't especially pretty, but the club got the job done.
Bayern was expectedly rusty
As you can imagine with most teams having not played in two months, the game was a little sloppy, but hardly something to be concerned about for Bayern Munich. Serge Gnabry had some decent moments, Alphonso Davies was sharp down the left and a win is a win. What would have been more concerning than being sloppy in attack would be at the back, but Bayern did well by conceding only two shots on frame and keeping Union offsides time and time again.
Still the favorites
Once again, it looks like a two-horse race in the table with a huge week ahead -- and a four-point lead for Bayern is still quite sizable. Bayern faces Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, while Dortmund goes to Wolfsburg on the same day. If Bayern slips up, it would make their head-to-head matchup even more important. Bayern goes to Dortmund on May 26 in the biggest game of the season.
Bayern Munich 2, Union Berlin 0 (FT)
⚽ Bayern Munich - Lewandowski (PK - 40')
⚽ Bayern Munich - Pavard (80')