Bundesliga - Neuer takes the blame after blunder
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has accepted the blame for the opening day defeat to Borussia Moenchengladbach after a glaring error cost his team the only goal of the match.
A long ball forward bounced in no man's land on the edge of the Bayern penalty box and between Neuer and fellow new signing Jerome Boateng they failed to deal with it, allowing Igor de Camargo to steal in and nod the ball into an empty net.
The Germany international was making his first league appearance for the Bavarian club and it proved to be a nightmare debut as his mix-up resulted in a home defeat at the first time of asking.
Neuer does not want to shun responsibility for the incident though and is more than willing to face up to it.
He told the club's official website: "I take responsibility for the goal. It was not an easy situation, a difficult ball, but it was my mistake and it unfortunately led to a defeat.
"But it was only the first game. We were the best team and should have won, but have lost. There are 33 more games. We have to work on creating clear-cut chances and then also taking them."
Recently installed Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes played down the blunder and accepted that these things happen.
Heynckes said: "The goal came out of nothing, it was a misunderstanding between Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer.
"You get games like that. We have to stay calm, keep working and win our next game."