Munich (dpa) – Manuel Neuer smiled almost embarrassed as he stepped in front of the television cameras in the thick winter jacket and was asked to rate his own performance.
“You do what you can. I always try to keep the balls,” said the Bayern Munich goalkeeper after his excellent 3-1 (1-0) performance against RB Salzburg. Thanks to Neuer saves and another goal from Robert Lewandowski, the defending champion went to the Champions League in the last 16 days, despite being outnumbered as a group winner in the final stages.
The Polish super striker celebrated his 71st goal in the premier league and climbed to the top 3 of the top scorer in Europe. After Lewandowski’s 43rd minute lead, Maximilian Wöber’s own goal (52nd) after a shot from Kingsley Coman and a header from Leroy Sané (68th) provided the next hit in the next Munich success of the record 15 victories in a row in Europe.
“That was our big goal today,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said on Sky TV, praising his “world-class goalkeeper” Neuer. With the fourth victory in the fourth group match, the defending champion is early in the knockout round. “I am very satisfied with the efficiency,” said Flick. Even after yellow-red for Bayern’s premier debutant Marc Roca (66th), it was no longer tight.
This was also due to the long insurmountable newcomer to Bayern-Tor, who jubilantly tore his arms up after a spectacular rescue (70th). When the German U21 international Mergim Berisha scored, the DFB goalkeeper was powerless (73rd). “For me, the most important thing is to have support for the team,” said Neuer delighted that “we won this match today and are group winners”.
Lewandowski again presented himself as Torgarant: in the Champions League, only the multiple world footballers Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus Turin / 131 goals) and Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona / 118) met more often than the 32-year-old who played with Real Madrid legend Raúl .
Lewandowski further substantiated his ambitions to be honored with the title of World Footballer for the first time after being crowned Europe’s Footballer of the Year. The presentation will take place on December 17. “I think a lot was possible again in this game, there was certainly more in it,” said Zlatko Junuzovic, who is now Salzburg and formerly from Bremen, who also showed Neuer respect. “He’s just a world-class goalkeeper, he shows that over and over again, and you have to acknowledge that,” Junuzovic said.
On the day of the death of Argentinian legend Diego Maradona, the game started with a minute of silence, both teams wearing black ribbons. When he was active Chris Richards (20) and Roca (23) from Munich were not yet born. Both started against RB and made their debut in the highest football league.
The American defender Richards showed some insecurities and nervousness at first. In a very intense game, the hosts found it difficult at first and in some situations were even lucky not to fall behind. Bayern tried to get more speed and speed in the actions on Saturday than in the first half in the 1-1 draw against Bremen in the Bundesliga.
But once again they could thank Neuer, who, after the strong performance against Werder, also demonstrated his exceptional skills on the most prestigious football stage in Europe. When Berisha and Enock Mwepu got a double chance, Neuer reacted just as well (16th) as later against Dominik Szoboszlai (35th) or again in the second half against Berisha and Mwepu (70th).
The fact that nothing was outnumbered was (also) due to the fact that Sané rose to 3-0 just two minutes after a medley. Lewandowski cleared the way again in the first half. RB goalkeeper Cican Stankovic was able to deflect a shot from Thomas Müller, but then the Pole was right and dusted off.
After the break, Bayern played more confidently with the feeling of being ahead. Jérôme Boateng proved to be a certain supporter in the defense. “We know what he has done and what he can do,” future CEO Oliver Kahn had said and announced before the game on Sky TV channel, “to have discussions at the right time and find a fair solution.” . Boateng’s contract expires next summer. Recently there has been speculation that this would not be renewed.
The 3: 1 could not prevent Boateng. After Wöber had a shot from Kingsley Coman untenable and Sané headed to 3-0 after a nice cross from Coman, Salzburg finally got his deserved goal – after a long wait for the video referee, the goal counted.