By Clark Whitney | German Football Editor
It's finally over. A full 19 hours and seven minutes passed without Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer conceding a goal, but in Tuesday evening's Champions League Group A clash, that streak ended as Holger Badstuber redirected a cross into his own net, levelling the score as the Bavarians were held to a 1-1 draw with Napoli at San Paolo.
Between the 62nd minute of their Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach on August 7 and the 39th minute of Tuesday's match with Napoli, few shots were taken against the Bavarians. Fewer forced Neuer to make a save, and none managed to beat the Germany No. 1. In fact, it was not even a proper shot that beat Neuer; Christian Maggio's cross was not en route to the goal line and would have been gathered by the goalkeeper had it not been re-routed.
Nonetheless, the goal stands - and Neuer's record has ended. Though the run is now over, Bayern have plenty of reason to be satisfied: they have played more games and faced arguably better competition than any of Europe's elite teams, and their record of two goals conceded in 15 matches is, quite comfortably, the best of any team on the continent. The Napoli match in no way changes the German giants' status as a world-class defensive unit, and more than anything else, serves as a benchmark for the rest of the season.
Following the end of Bayern and Neuer's remarkable run, Goal.com looks back at the string of 12 consecutive clean sheets they kept between early August and Tuesday.
|BAYERN'S CLEAN SHEETS RECORD
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Looking forward, Neuer's run in the Bundesliga has not yet expired, and currently stands at 748 minutes without allowing a goal. Should he avoid conceding against Hannover this weekend and for the first 47 minutes of the derby against Nurnberg on October 29, he will surpass Timo Hildebrand's Bundesliga record. And at this rate, who could dare bet against him?
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