Manuel Neuer produced one of the greatest saves in recent memory against Italy this evening, defying logic to keep the ball out.
Germany battered the Euro 2020 winners 5-2 at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach. Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for the hosts, before Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Muller got in on the act.
Chelsea's Timo Werner rounded off Germany's scoring with a quickfire brace to put Hansi Flick's 5-0 up, before Italy reduced the deficit ever so slightly with strikes from Wilfried Gnito and Alessandro Bastoni.
But coming away from the game, everyone was talking about the insane heroics of Bayern Munich skipper Neuer.
The long-time Germany No.1 produced the most incredible stop to deny what looked like a certain consolation goal for Nico Barella at 3-0.
Don't have words for this save. Manuel Neuer is 36 and is showing no signs of slowing or stopping. pic.twitter.com/BRyskraOi4— Supro (@RaumDeuterFCB) June 14, 2022
Historic save from Manuel Neuer ❤️🔥— SHA3WAZA (@SHA3WAZA_2) June 14, 2022
Is it me or has Manuel Neuer just pulled off the most outrageous save of all time? pic.twitter.com/JiOidtTByO— Ben Rogers (@BenRogers223) June 14, 2022
A scuffed shot made its way through to the Inter Milan midfielder and he slid in to stab the goalwards.
Neuer 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.
The reflexes were just phenomenal from Neuer, who has a whole highlight reel of saves of this ilk.
Barella may well have been offside and so technically the goal wouldn't have counted but Neuer wasn't to know that and his brilliance deserves some recognition.
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.
Die Mannschaft return to action again on 23 September against group leaders Hungary, who battered England 4-0 in a shock result at Molineux.
Germany then play England at Wembley three days later in the final Nations League fixture.
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