Superb Neuer saves Bayern Munich from shock defeat
European champions Bayern Munich remained at the top of the Bundesliga despite a 1-1 draw by Werder Bremen on Saturday, which was only denied a shock victory by a series of excellent saves by Manuel Neuer.
German goalkeeper Neuer made great stops to contest US striker Josh Sargent twice when Bremen scored their first point at Bayern in a decade.
"We had to invest a lot," said Neuer to Sky.
The 34-year-old recovered after conceding six goals in Germany's defeat by Spain in the middle of the week with two brilliant saves in the first half in quick succession.
He used a shoe to block a shot by Sargent and then lunged over the gate to save from Ludwig Augustinsson.
In the dying, Neuer stood tall to block a shot by Sargent that was clearly broken.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick was anything but happy that Bremen took the lead in his 50th responsible game and said his team had to "defend better".
Bremen rightly went ahead just before the break when midfielder Maximilian Eggestein completed an excellent attack.
"We conceded a very cheap goal, that's how Bremen's plan worked and they defended very well," said Bayern striker Thomas Müller.
Kingsley Coman equalized in the 62nd minute at the Allianz Arena when he hit a cross from Leon Goretzka at the far post.
Bayern striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot with the goal five minutes before the end.
The heroics of Neuer at the other end, however, kept the draw and left Bayern one point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table.
One day after his 16th birthday, Youssoufa Moukoko could become the youngest player in the history of the Bundesliga when he plays for Borussia Dortmund at Hertha Berlin on Saturday evening.
- Hradecky's Howler -
Leverkusen climbed to second place with a 2-1 win at Arminia Bielefeld thanks to Aleksandar Dragovic's late winning goal.
The win was a relief for Leverkusen's goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who scored an embarrassing own goal early in the second half.
Leverkusen were 1-0 thanks to a goal from Leon Bailey when Hradecky scored an equalizer that rolled into the empty net behind him.
Dragovic stabbed home from close range two minutes before the end to spare Hradecky's blush.
RB Leipzig are third when Yussuf Poulsen came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt and scored a skillful volley in the second half after winger Aymen Barkok gave the hosts an early lead.
Although seven players were quarantined with the corona virus, an exhausted Hoffenheim drew 3: 3 at home against Stuttgart.
Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric converted a late penalty for his seventh goal in four league games to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Stuttgart defender Marc-Oliver Kempf shot the ball through the legs of Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch to equalize.
Schalke's winless run spanned 24 league games going back to January after losing 2-0 at home to Wolfsburg.
Dutch striker Wout Weghorst and midfielder Xaver Schlager scored Wolfsburg's goals that pushed them up to fifth place, with Schalke staying in second place.
An equalizer by Daniel Caligiuri two minutes before the end brought the 10-man Augsburg a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
German midfielder Florian Neuhaus put Gladbach in the lead after less than five minutes.
Augsburg played against a man for the last half hour when Raphael Framberger was sent off after two yellow cards within 12 minutes of his move.
When time was almost up, Caliguiri's volley went off the crossbar for a point.
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