New look Bundesliga but same Bayern win

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Bundesliga - 1. FC Union Berlin v Bayern

Robert Lewandowski has scored from the spot as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin

Many things are different in the Bundesliga's resumption from the suspension enforced by the coronavirus outbreak but one thing remains the same - Bayern Munich's form.

The champions returned to action away to Union Berlin on Sunday and though not at their fluent best, they always had a measure of control in a 2-0 win.

Robert Lewandowski's penalty and Benjamin Pavard's header secured victory.

"There was naturally a tingle there because it was starting again," Bayern's Thomas Mueller to Sky TV.

"But I did not have the feeling that someone was nervous because something could go wrong.

"We were told of what the situation would be."

Bayern are four points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who thrashed local rivals Schalke 4-0 on Saturday.

The top two meet in Dortmund on May 26 as Bayern chase an eighth successive title.

Mainz fought back from two goals down to claim a crucial point in the relegation battle with a 2-2 draw at Cologne in Sunday's other game.

The day's six top-flight goals were celebrated in restrained fashion either individually or by elbow bump to comply with league guidelines

The matches were played behind closed doors and with a strict hygiene protocol as the Bundesliga became the first major soccer league in Europe to return amid the global pandemic.

Police, who numbered some 400 in total, had to disperse a small gathering of people at Union's Stadion an der Alten Foersterei before kick-off.

About two dozen fans seemed to be waiting on the arrival of team buses but were asked to move on.

Union were without coach Urs Fischer who left the team quarantine during the week due to a family bereavement.

He will return to training after two negative tests for Covid-19 - all part of the hygiene protocol - and Union expect him to be available for next week's derby at capital neighbours Hertha.