A scoreless draw can be extremely boring. Usually the match is littered with poor finish and/or zero good attempts for either team. Luckily for the viewing public, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich put on an entertaining show in Sunday's showcase match.
The star of the match was none other than the greatest goalkeeper in the world Mr. Manuel Neuer. The German number one was a wall in the Bayern goal, refusing to give Gladbach any hope of grabbing a goal on the day. Neuer continued his spectacular performance from Tuesday's Champions League slaughter of AS Roma.
Two saves in particular stand out.
The first came in the 34th minute. Max Kruse got behind the Bayern defense on one of Gladbach's many counterattacks and tried to deftly touch the ball past Neuer to give Gladbach the lead. Neuer's save here is key, because if Gladbach grab an early goal, their defense would become more resolute with more bite in their counter. However, his holiness Manuel Neuer was there to stop the shot.
The second save was clearly the play of the game. Kruse played the ball out wide to Andre Hahn, and the winger ripped a "sure goal" shot toward Neuer. DENIED!
With the second half just starting, Neuer comes up huge with basically the first time he had in the half to touch the ball with his hands. Similarly as with the first half, if Gladbach are able to grab a goal here, their defense becomes stingier and their counter bites harder.
The difference between victory, draw, and defeat is usually just a couple of inches. Without Neuer in goal today, there's zero doubting that Bayern would likely be leaving Mönchengladbach with zero points on the day.
ALL HAIL THE KING MANUEL NEUER!