Goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Borussia Mönchengladbach literally smashed a Bundesliga record in the 1-1 draw at record champions Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.
The Swiss fended off 19 shots on goal from Munich, including numerous top-class players. Today’s Schalke player Alexander Schwolow held the old record with 14 saves.
“Here you need a goalkeeper who can hold the unsustainable things. That was world class,” said Gladbach’s sporting director Roland Virkus sky. “That’s the only way you can score here.”
Sommer quickly defused a Dayot Upamecano header in the first minute of the game. He cleared his feet twice against Sadio Mané when the latter shot from point-blank range. The 33-year-old kept his nerve against Leroy Sané in a one-on-one and spectacularly repelled a powerful shot by central defender Matthijs de Ligt, who was called up as a centre-forward.
When Bayern equalized through Sané, Sommer also had no chance. “As always, Yann Sommer played excellently against us,” said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann. “But we could have designed one or the other end in such a way that he could no longer hold the ball.”