Robert Lewandowski breaks Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal-scoring record to send Niko Kovac's side top of the Bundesliga despite late scare

Bayern catapulted themselves to the top of the Bundesliga table with a 2-1 win over lowly Union Berlin, as Robert Lewandowski broke a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal-scoring record with his 13th of the season.

Niko Kovac's side were looking to bounce back from a disappointing away draw to Augsburg last week and got off to a flyer when French defender Benjamin Pavard struck from long range after just 13 minutes.

Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 after 53 minutes. He has now scored in his ninth straight league game, breaking Aubameyang's previous record of eight. 

That's the Polish striker's 13th goal domestically this season. He also had a strike in the 84th minute ruled out by VAR. 

Sebastian Andersson missed the opportunity to pull one back after his penalty was saved by Manuel Neuer just shy of the hour mark but his replacement Sebastian Polter made no mistake, sending the German keeper the wrong with Union's second penalty, on 86 minutes.

Before the game at the Allianz arena the Bavarians sat third in the Bundesliga after a draw and a loss in their last two games. 

Union, tipped by many for relegation, remain perilously above the drop zone, just one point ahead of Augsburg. 

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