No Manuel Neuer protests as Bayern Munich defeat Qatar 4-2 in friendly

There were no signs of hostility towards the goalkeeper, who has not proved to be universally popular since his move as the Bavarians completed their Italian training camp
German giants Bayern Munich rounded off their training camp in the Italian province of Trentino with a 4-2 win against the Qatar national team in a game marked by the absence of fan protests against goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern's previous friendly, a 15-0 win over a Trentino select side, had been marred by abuse aimed at Neuer during his 45 minutes on the pitch. One slogan read: "You may catch as many balls as you like, but we will never accept you in this shirt."

However, the hatred between certain sections of Bayern's supporter base and Neuer, which stems from an incident two years ago when the then Schalke man mimicked Oliver Kahn's title celebrations from a few years earlier, was absent.

On the pitch, Bayern eased into a three-goal lead in front of 4,000 spectators courtesy of strikes from Daniel van Buyten, Thomas Muller and new signing Nils Petersen. Qatar pulled a goal back through Sebastian Quintana before Ivica Olic and Muhammed Razak traded goals in the final few minutes.

New Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who is in his third spell in charge, had warm words of praise for his charges.

"We played particularly well in the first half and we could have led by more at the break but we also gave a good performance in the second half,” he enthused.

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