Wednesday April 3 2013
Neuer: Buffon is still superb

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has defended Juventus’ Gigi Buffon over the early goal he conceded in Munich last night.

The Italian was beaten after just 25 seconds when he couldn’t get across his line to stop a long range effort from David Alaba.

“Buffon is a superb ‘keeper,” the German stated. “It was a really difficult one for him when you look at the flight of the ball.

“I know how Alaba shoots and they're dangerous balls to deal with.”

Juventus never really recovered from that early setback and they eventually lost the first leg of their quarter-final Champions League tie 2-0.

“I wasn't expecting us to score such an early goal and I doubt Juve did either,” Neuer added. “It was a bit of a shock for them, but obviously good for us.”