Yann Sommer broke the records on Saturday, August 27, 2022, to deny Bayern Munich a win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Bundesliga matchday 4. It was a brilliant and incredible show of class and pedigree by the 33-year-old Switzerland international.
At Allianz arena on Saturday, spectators filled the spaces to the brim. Both teams’ flags could be seen hoisted high and waved amidst the sea of heads on the stands. Expectant spectators have taken their seats, remaining agog at the outcome of the encounter.
A clash between the two titans of German football has always been a cracker, although Bayern Munich boasts a deeper depth of quality players.
The two clubs have met 37 times. Bayer won 15 times, Monchengladbach 11 times, and drawn 11 times.
The Bavarians were dominant throughout the game, but a 43rd-minute strike by Marcus Thuram gave the visitors a surprise lead. The dramatic 1-0 at the 43rd minute flung the Allianz Arena into a seething cauldron of high-pitched emotions as the Bavarians passed the ball around with no success on goal.
Normalcy returned late into the second half. It was Leroy Sane’s 83rd-minute leveler that tied the game till the final whistle, but Sommer has already emerged as the hero of the game with his spectacular performance making the headlines.
Yann Sommer, a Manchester United target, smashed the Bundesliga record by making an incredible number of saves (19) to deny the rampaging Bavarians a win.
Sommer’s breathtaking performance enabled Borussia Monchengladbach to garner 8 points after 4 opening matches in the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history.
The stats were astonishing; 11 diving saves, 11 saves outside the box, 33% accurate long balls, 53% accurate passes, 1 goal conceded, 90 minutes played, and 19 good saves.
Speaking after the match, Sommer said he knew the game was going to be tough, and the defense did a good job. He noted further that one could not just defend all against Bayern Munich and that he is happy that he did his best for his team to share the spoils with the hosts
“We knew before that Bayern Munich are in top form and we have to do our best to contain them because we know it will be tough. I am happy that we were able to do so and get a point, ” he said.
With his 19 astounding saves against Bayern, Sommer has bulldozed Alexander Schwolow’s record, who made 14 saves in 2022 still against Bayern Munich
The Switzerland international was on fire. His amazing blocks, punches, and saves had set a new benchmark in the Bundesliga. Pavard, Serge Gnabry, Mueller, and Mane all felt Yann Sommer’s brilliant and spectacular efforts as he denied them a name on the scoresheet.
The high point of Sommer’s breathtaking performance was when he produced an incredible double to deny Sadio Mane a chance at goal.
Yann Sommer made a string of saves that subsequently saved a point for the visitors. He emerged the undisputed man of the match.
Who Is Yann Sommer?
Born and raised in Morges, Switzerland, Yann Sommer is a 33-year-old Switzerland international who keeps for Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Yann Sommer started his football career with FC Herrliberg from 1996 to 1997. He joined the Concordia youth team from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he played for the Basel youth team, where he subsequently made it to Basel U-17 and then to the senior team.
Sommer made 155 appearances for Basel with brief loans spells with Vaduz and Grasshoppers.
Sommer signed a five years contract with Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, which expired in 2019. In 2019, he signed a four years contract extension which will keep him at the club till 2023
Sommer has made a total of 69 appearances for Switzerland’s national Junior teams from U-16 to U-21. He has been capped 74 times by the Swiss senior national team.
He has won several awards, including the European U-17 Championship, Bundesliga Team of the Season, Swiss Super League, and the Swiss Super Cup.
Sommer married his wife Alina in 2019, and they have one child, Mila, who is two years old.