Bayern Munich came back to scene on a traditional tough stadium because of the warm atmosphere, but this time the home team could not count on their most precious weapon, their crowd. Two different worlds tested their return to the competition: on one side modest and recently promoted Union Berlin against the current leader of the league, Bayern Munich squad with Lewandowski on top.
Visiting team found trouble to get into the game at first. Union Berlin started off better by sending long balls to their reference forward, Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah. Bayern were uncomfortable on the pitch because of Berlin´s high and organized pressure that difficult Bayern´s ball circulation in the middle. Double midfield formed by Thiago and Kimmich barely touched the ball as Berlin were achieving their goal so far of not letting their opponent to take control of the game.
The match continued without any clear domain from either team. Meanwhile Bayern tried to create danger by directing their game towards their left side looking for Canadian left back Davies, one of the most active players until that moment. Finally the team coached by Hansi Flick scored the first goal through a silly penalty by central defender Subotic, who kicked Goretzkal inside the box. The polish killer took care of putting his team ahead on the scoreboard right before halftime.
Bayern increased their intensity after the break, looking to kill the game as soon as possible. On the other hand, Berlin barely crossed the middle line, but Bayern were unable to create clear chances, even though they had total control over the ball. Time passed by as Berlin were still alive in a very boring game with not much happening.
Pavard secured the win for Bayern thanks to a header in a corner kick ten minutes before the final whistle. Last phase was completely irrelevant on a low attractive game that will certainly not go down in history.