During a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pulled off an incredible save. The player on the other end of the strike was Marcel Sabitzer, from fairly far out and the ball was a rocket. After the match, the shot-stopper admitted that his team were lucky not to lose. This was because RB Leipzig held them to a 1-1 draw to stay top of the Bundesliga.
This showdown was the second of two top-of-the-table clashes on Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund being the other. Leipzig survived a first half onslaught and equalised through an Emil Forsberg penalty. This left the Bayern team frustrated, and in turn, fuelled hopes of a three-horse title race in the German league this season.
“We made too many mistakes in the second half. It could easily have been a defeat,” Neuer told Sky.
The draw leaves Bayern in third, while Leipzig now sit a point above Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund in the meantime, moved up to second after thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 earlier in the day.
“It is too early to call us title candidates, but it is nice to be top of the table,” an ecstatic Forsberg told Sky.
Talismanic striker, Robert Lewandowski needed three minutes to grab the opener as Bayern dominated the first half in Leipzig.
Yet despite having had three times as much possession and twice as many shots, Bayern went in at half time with the scores level after Forsberg’s penalty on the stroke of half time.
Bayern, had a penalty retracted by VAR ten minutes earlier, and were left stunned and allowed Leipzig back into the game after the break.
Both Timo Werner and Nordi Mukiele had chances for Leipzig, and both goalkeepers were forced to make flying saves.
Niklas Sule could have won it for Bayern in the dying seconds, but his bobbling header only grazed the post.
Bayern, host Red Star Belgrade in their Champions League group opener next week. So, this draw will undoubtedly put a dampener on their hopes.