Manuel Neuer may well have turned in the save of the year on Tuesday.
With Theo Walcott looking like he would surely put Arsenal ahead of Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash at the Emirates, Neuer showed why he's widely considered to be the finest goalkeeper in the world.
Neuer went full extension with left arm to deny Walcott of a powerful point-blank header and keep the match scoreless. He had to reach back and paw the ball away strong enough not to yield a simple rebound, and he did just that to frustrate the masses in London. Watch below:
The immediate praise poured in from around the soccer world:
Breathtaking save from Neuer. This young keeper might have a future.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 20, 2015
The praise subsided some late on, as Neuer misjudged a free kick, came off his line aggressively and allowed Olivier Giroud to bundle home from close range in the 77th minute. Despite Neuer making another heroic effort on a Mesut Ozil one-timer in stoppage time, the ball crossed the line and finished off Arsenal's 2-0 victory. Arsenal entered the match with no points from two games and facing a back-to-back against Bayern, but the three-point haul keeps the Gunners' group hopes alive.