Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer set a new Bundesliga saves record, stopping 19 attempts on goal to help the Foals take a point from a 1-1 draw away to Bayern Munich on Matchday 4.
The Swiss custodian produced a performance for the ages on Saturday, thwarting Julian Nagelsmann’s side time and again as the Foals continued their unbeaten start to the 2022/23 campaign, taking eight points from the first 12 on offer.
Gladbach took the lead against the run of play at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 4 when Marcus Thuram broke free of the home defence to slot past Manuel Neuer, and for a long time it looked like being the winning goal as Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry and Co. were all denied by Sommer.
Watch: Highlights of the 1-1 draw in Munich
Indeed, Bayern had 35 shots on goal throughout the 90 minutes, 20 of which were on target, with Sane’s equaliser in the 83rd minute they only attempt to evade Sommer’s clutches.
That the hosts finished the game with an expected goals (xG) metric of 3.27 further underlines the out-of-this-world nature of the Gladbach goalkeeper’s display, his 19 saves setting a new league best mark as the most recorded in a single match since data collection began.
“We knew before the game that we would have a lot of work at the back with our defence, that there would be a lot of crosses, a lot of shots,” Sommer told bundesliga.com at the final whistle.
Watch: Sommer: “I’m happy I put in a good performance”
“We knew that. So we said, ‘Ok, we’ll try to be compact, try to defend every ball.’ It’s also normal against a team like Bayern that you can’t defend everything, so then you need a goalkeeper. I’m happy that I put in a good performance for us and that we could take this point.”
Perhaps understandably Sommer was reluctant to blow his own trumpet, but teammate Joe Scally had no such reservations.
“He’s the best in the world,” the USMNT full-back told bundesliga.com. “He does this every single week. Last year in our first game against Bayern he did this as well.
“Every game we just expect it from him because we know he’s the best goalie. He gives the defence so much confidence, he gives the team confidence because we know that if something happens then he’s there to save us. He's just unbelievable.”
Watch: Scally: "Sommer is the best goalkeeper in the world"
Head coach Daniel Farke added his voice to the chorus of praise in his post-match press debriefing: “Yann produced a world-class performance. You need that if you want to get anything in Munich. We’re happy he’s our number one.”
The result served to further cement Gladbach’s reputation as Bayern’s bogey team, and they are the only side since summer 2014 to have a positive record against the record Bundesliga champions, having won seven, drawn four and lost six.
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