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What happens when Pepe Reina tries to be a sweeper keeper like Manuel Neuer

The Bayern Munich number one was due a rest today, but his back-up has messed that right up.

Germany Soccer Bundesliga Reina is shown a red card. Source: Matthias Schrader

WITH THEIR CHAMPIONS League semi-final second leg against Barcelona just three days away, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola opted to rest his goalkeeper for today’s Bundesliga meeting with FC Augsburg.

Bayern, who have already wrapped up the German title, started with former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina between the sticks but were forced to call on regular number one just 13 minutes in.

After a ball down the middle unlucked the Munich defence, Reina came running out to wipe out Raul Bobadilla as he bore down on goal. The Spaniard was deservedly shown a straight red card meaning Neuer was introduced off the bench.

Paul Verhaegh was unable to take advantage from the penalty spot, hitting the post from 12 yards, but Augsburg earned a shock 1-0 victory.

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