He would have prolonged the pleasure a little, pushed a bit further this invincibility that all the goalkeepers of the planet football like to defend like the widow and the orphan. Keylor Navas, this time, did not work a miracle. Neither succeeded in saving what could be saved. Invincible far from his bases since the start of the season, the Costa Rican goalkeeper conceded his first two away goals on Wednesday night in Leipzig.
The fate sometimes reserves funny noses. Absent, in the semi-finals of the Final 8 in Lisbon due to an injury to the right thigh, it is to him, in particular, that the players of Leipzig made their elimination last August pay. The key, which his first name conceals (Key in English), the Costa Rican could have been in this match that he helped put on the right track for Paris.
No miracle on penalty
As if to recall that in the absence of the executives, of Mbappé, Neymar, Icardi and the others, it was perhaps up to him to don the boss’s costume, the former Real began by flaunting all his class. With a reflex parade with his left hand against Haïdara (8th), he avoided leaving the match in Paris just after entering it.
But, Florenzi, present to replace him in the wake of the recovery of Angelino will have been his only real ally. For the rest, his defense will have done him no service. Nor on the strike of a Nkunku too alone at the entrance to the area that he will be too short to get out of his net (42nd). Neither on the penalty conceded by a hand fault from Kimpembe.
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On Saturday, the Costa Rican had yet been decisive by stopping Bamba’s penalty (3-0). Hopes for another feat were not in vain by the time Forsberg took the plunge, with Navas clearly being an expert on the subject. Since the start of his career, he has indeed won more than a third of his duels against the shooter (13 out of 35), in particular twice against Antoine Griezmann. This time the man of faith did not perform a miracle. Starting on the good side, he certainly touched Forsberg’s strike with his fingertips. Not enough to be the savior of Paris.
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