Manuel Neuer's reflexes the key to all smiles at the end

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Manuel Neuer clawed away nearly every chance created by Salzburg. Enock Mwepu nearly equalised in the eventual 6-2 win for Bayern shortly after the break - but Neuer had a bone to pick with them and saved the attacker's effort with a sublime piece of goalkeeping that not many keepers on the planet could replicate!

Well tested

Jérôme Boateng and the rest of the Bayern defence know they can rely on Neuer.

However, it was not the only time the Germany keeper saved the Munich team from conceding a goal. The 34-year-old kept a total of eight shots out fired goalwards from the Austrians - the last time Neuer had been that busy in the UCL was three and a half years ago, when he saved 10 shots in the semi-final against eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Key to the result

"Manu had to prove his class once or twice", his coach Hansi Flick said, impressed by his number 1's performances. Salzburg "caught us off guard once or twice", Flick continued, making it all the more important that Neuer kept the Bavarians in the game with his reflex saves, as this was the only way to achieve a successful end for Munich: "We showed our strength in the end", Flick said.

Robert Lewandowski dedicated his two goals to Gerd Müller:


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