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Bundesliga: Bayern beats Union 5-1 with Real Madrid in mind; Cologne on the way to relegation

Bayern Munich recorded a comfortable 5-1 victory over Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday, perfect preparation for the upcoming Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Kane increased his Bundesliga tally to 33 goals in 30 appearances, while fellow strikers Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel had rare starts as Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel made six changes from the team that sealed progress in the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

Kane also set up Tel to score Bayern’s fourth goal. Thomas Müller scored twice after Leon Goretzka had started the scoring.

“They were very effective, I must say. Their first five shots were five goals,” said Union coach Nenad Bjelica, whose side had not scored in its previous three games.

Union fans sang louder with every goal against their side until substitute Yorbe Vertessen finally ended the team’s scoring drought in stoppage time. It did not stop Union from falling to fourteenth place in the eighteen-team league, just three points above the relegation zone.

After taking the title last weekend, Bayern Leverkusen’s only hope for a trophy this season remains the Champions League. Tuchel left Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala out of the squad altogether ahead of Madrid’s visit to Munich for the first leg of their semi-final on April 29.

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COLOGNE FACE OF DECLINE

Cologne’s survival hopes suffered a major blow after losing 2-0 at home to last-placed Darmstadt, the visitors’ first win since October.

Darmstadt defender Christoph Klarer scored in the 57th minute when the ball landed tantalizingly at his feet after the Cologne defenders failed to clear a corner.

Some Cologne fans were left in tears after Oscar Vilhelmsson sealed Darmstadt’s victory in the final minute, moving Cologne’s seventh relegation from the Bundesliga a step closer.

Cologne remained second from bottom, four points behind in-form Mainz before Sunday’s match against Freiburg, and five behind Bochum, who lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg.

Darmstadt remained last, but the supporters celebrated the end of their team’s 22-match winless streak. Darmstadt had not won since October 7.

After this weekend there are still four rounds left. The bottom two are automatically relegated, while the team finishing third from bottom will have to play a two-match play-off against the third place in the second division to determine which team will play in the Bundesliga next season.

Leipzig consolidated fourth place and boosted their chances of qualifying for the Champions League with a 2–1 win over Heidenheim, and Anton Stach had the final say in a wild finish as Hoffenheim defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–3.