Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scores a goal from the penalty spot in the 40th minute, Frenchman Benjamin Pavard doubles the score with a header in the 80th minute.
The Union Berlin team loses 0-2 at home to the German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.
It seems that there is nothing surprising: Union Berlin is a newcomer to the Bundesliga, it has no superstars, the opponent is the almost permanent Bundesliga champion “Bayern” from the family of the best clubs in Europe and the world.
Quite expected in terms of the result, but still a very surprising atmosphere, the Union Berlin stadium has 22 thousand seats, but in the match against “Bayern” yesterday there were around 300 people: security, technical staff, team and Bundesliga officials, journalists.
In addition to the referee’s whistle, players’ replicas are heard. It’s from the sinister coronavirus. In Germany, the quarantine is being eased, some of the restrictions have been lifted, people are hoping that there will be a return to pre-virus life soon, but a lot has changed anyway.
Lewandowski scores a goal, an important goal for himself and the whole team. “Levy”, as he is called by Bayern fans, is chasing a goal of surpassing the record of 40 goals set by the legendary Gerd Müller in one season, but after the last goal, his teammates do not hug and roll with joy.
“Levy” and his friends just elbow each other and that’s it. This is also due to the coronavirus, athletes show their joy much more modestly.
During the game, if possible, they would maintain social distance, but it’s a sport, you can’t rule out close contact.
“We are happy that we played after this quarantine, and the result is good,” said Alphonso Davis, the Canadian player of “Bayern”.
“It was a tough game, but it’s good to reopen the season,” Union Berlin’s Markus Ingwartsen commented.
The Bundesliga is thus the first of the European leagues to resume after being shut down in mid-March due to quarantine. Football fans hope that the European leagues will soon follow the example of the Bundesliga.
The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, said that the teams of the two Spanish divisions are already starting training, and ten athletes can go out on the field together.
All soccer matches in Spain have been suspended since March 12. If the championship does not continue, the loss of La Liga will reach up to one billion euros.
Tebas hopes La Liga will reopen from June 12. By the way, he praised the reopening of the Bundesliga.
“I am very happy, I congratulated them, it was a very important step, La Liga has cooperated with the Bundesliga during these months, we have exchanged information and ideas, it was a very difficult thing, in this regard I am proud of the Bundesliga,” said La Liga. President Javier Tebas.
And UEFA, which governs the entire football life of Europe, is discussing the possibility of completing the pan-European tournaments by August.
“There is a clear plan that must be approved by the executive committee. If everything goes well, we will probably finish the season by August,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.
According to him, it is not only national championships, but also pan-European cups.