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Bayern Munich respond to Gladbach thrashing with big Bundesliga win

Jamie Spencer
Bayern Munich are back to winning ways after their DFB Pokal exit
Bayern Munich are back to winning ways after their DFB Pokal exit / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

Bayern Munich bounced back from a shock 5-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB Pokal midweek by scoring five of their own in their return to Bundesliga action.

The reigning champions thrashed Union Berlin 5-2 in the German capital, racing into an early lead through none other than Robert Lewandowski.

The prolific Pole netted from the penalty spot just 15 minutes into the contest, before doubling his and Bayern’s tally short afterwards. Leroy Sane went on to make it 3-0 inside the first half.

But it wasn’t flawless from Bayern. Only two of the same back four that started against Gladbach a few days ago started here, while the injured Leon Goretzka made for Corentin Tolisso in midfield. They gave up six shots on target over 90 minutes, which is what they managed themselves.

Union pulled one back before half-time through Niko Griesselmann. Kingsley Coman restored the three-goal cushion on the hour mark, but again the hosts refused to back down and pulled another back when Julian Ryerson reduced the deficit back to two only moments later.

The game finally ended as a contest with just over 10 minutes remains when Thomas Muller, who had already completed a hat-trick of assists, scored his sixth goal of the season in all competitions.

Tweeting after the game, Muller said, “That is the right reaction,” referencing the 5-0 defeat.

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