Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer fractured his left foot in his side’s 4-2 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid that saw the Bundesliga leaders exit the competition at the quarterfinal stage in a 6-3 aggregate loss.
Neuer, 31, suffered the injury immediately before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his hat trick to put the holders 3-2 up in the Bernabeu.
The German champions announced on their website that Neuer had indeed fractured his foot and that the Germany international would be further assessed when the team returned to Munich on Wednesday.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said after the match that Neuer sustained the injury as Real scored one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals which fired them into the semifinals, and suggested that the goalkeeper would miss the rest of the domestic season and also the build-up to the Confederations Cup, which begins in Russia on June 17.
“Neuer will miss eight weeks,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild, which reports that Neuer was seen leaving the stadium on crutches. “He sustained the injury during the 3-2, which was offside. I am incredibly angry. We were robbed.”
Neuer had only recently returned from foot surgery against Madrid in the first leg, having missed two Bundesliga fixtures following a training incident last month.
German publication SportBild suggests that Neuer could be ruled out for the rest of the season after leaving the stadium on crutches.
Anticipation was high when two of Europe’s biggest and most successful clubs were drawn together – and the enthralling tie between Real and Bayern did not disappoint.
However, it was somewhat tinged by Madrid benefiting from two debatable decisions by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai and his officials.
Chile midfielder Vidal, already booked for an early foul on the edge of the Bayern area, was shown a second yellow card for what appeared to be a clean sliding tackle on Madrid substitute Asensio.
And then Ronaldo was standing at least a yard offside when he met Ramos’ pass and spun to fire Madrid 4-3 ahead on aggregate.
“In a quarter-final, you have to put a better referee, or it is the moment to introduce video refereeing, which is what Uefa are trying because there are too many errors,” Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti said.
Nothing separated the two teams over 180 engaging minutes in Munich and Madrid, only for the German champions to finally run out of steam as they battled a numerical disadvantage.
Bayern also played the final 30 minutes at the Allianz Arena last week with 10 men after Javi Martinez’s dismissal.
Ancelotti’s side remained resolute in the first period of extra time – until the tiring visitors unravelled after Ronaldo put the Spanish league leaders ahead.