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Neuer saves a point for Schalke 04 at Dortmund

AFP, DORTMUND, GERMANY

Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer catches the ball as Dortmund’s Mats Hummels challenges during their Bundesliga match on Friday in Dortmund, Germany.

Photo: EPA

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an outstanding performance on Friday to earn his side Schalke 04 a point after a goalless draw at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

“Manuel Neuer single-handedly earned the draw for Schalke,” said Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin after Neuer made 10 clear saves, on a busy evening.

While the result extends Dortmund’s lead at the top of the table to 12 points before the rest of the weekend’s matches, Dortmund were only denied a potential-winning goal by Neuer’s performance.

With five players nominated by national coach Joachim Loew to face Italy, Dortmund are setting the pace in the Bundesliga this season, but despite a string of chances they could not break Schalke’s defense.

Dortmund began the game with a hiss and a roar as they laid siege to the Schalke goal, but the Royal Blues weather the storm.

Lucas Barrios went close several times in the first half alone to keep Schalke in their own half, while Mario Goetze also went close in the early stages.

Barrios hit the post in the 55th minute, but Neuer could not be beaten.

With five minutes remaining, Goetze broke through and beat Neuer, but with the goal at his mercy he hit the post and Schalke scrambled the danger away.

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