‘How has Neuer saved this?!’: Fans are left dumbfounded as Germany’s 36-year-old No 1 makes astonishing recovery to stop Nico Barella’s effort on the line in Germany’s thrashing of Italy in Nations League
- Germany thrashed Italy 5-2 to pick up their first victory of the Nations League
- Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 36, stole the headlines with his superb save
- The Bayern Munich shot-stopper defied logic to deny Italy’s Nico Barella at 3-0
- Fans have taken to social media to praise the goalkeeper’s save in the match
Fans are heaping praise on Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after he produced one of the greatest saves in recent memory against Italy, defying logic to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
Germany battered the Euro 2020 winners 5-2 at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach to seal their first win of the Nations League campaign.
Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for the hosts, before Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Muller got in on the act.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced one of the greatest saves in recent memory against Italy
The 36-year-old defied logic by making an astonishing recovery to deny Italy’s Nico Barella
Chelsea’s Timo Werner rounded off Germany’s scoring with a quickfire brace to put Hansi Flick’s men 5-0 up, before Italy reduced the deficit ever so slightly with strikes from Wilfried Gnito and Alessandro Bastoni.
The result, however, was possible in part due to Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer’s outrageous save.
Fans took to social media to praise the shot-stopper and even label him a ‘freak’ as the long-time Germany No 1 produced an astonishing recovery to deny what looked like a goal for Nico Barella while the score was at 3-0.
Neuer produced the most incredible stop to deny what looked like a goal for Nico Barella
Neuer inexplicably scrambled back to the goal-line and pushed the ball away to safety
A scuffed shot made its way through to the Inter Milan midfielder and it looked inevitable that he would find the back of the net when he steered the ball goalwards.
The 36-year-old goalkeeper had been wrong-footed by the deflection on the ball but then somehow scrambled back to the goal-line and pushed the ball away to safety in explicable fashion.
One fan simply said: ‘HOW THE F*CK HAS NEUER SAVED THIS?!?’
Another tweeted: ‘This. This isn’t normal, Manuel Neuer.’
A third simply wrote: ‘Neuer is an absolute freak, how anybody is allowed to be that good at their sport is unbelievable.’
Fans took to social media to praise the shot-stopper after his save on Italy’s Nico Barella
One fan simply tweeted out alongside the video of his save to insist Neuer ‘isn’t normal’
One fan simply posted that Neuer is ‘an absolute freak’ for how good he is at goalkeeping
Some fans have even take it a step further by suggesting people should stop comparing fellow world-class goalkeepers such as Alisson, Ederson and Eduoard Mendy to Neuer.
A fan posted: ‘Dear Premier League fans, please, for the love of our beautiful game, never ever compare your Alissons, Edersons, other sons, Mendys and them keepers to the greatest of all time, Manuel Neuer, just because of a 7.6 rated performance away at Selhurst Park. It‘s a different game.’
Another simply said: ‘What on earth is Manuel Neuer. That’s one of the best saves I’ve ever seen.’
One fan said people should stop comparing Neuer to Alisson, Ederson and Eduoard Mendy
One fan even stated that Neuer’s save in Germany’s 5-2 win was the best he has ever seen
Germany are second in UEFA Nations League Group C with six points after picking up their first win of the current campaign, following three draws.
Hansi Flick’s side are next in action when they take on Hungary on September 23 before then heading to Wembley to face England in their final Nations League clash.
They’ll be hoping Neuer can pull off more heroics to help them top the group with just two matches left to play.